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Ethics Week

During Ethics Week, lectures are given by speakers with a wide range of expertise, including professors, best-selling authors and corporate leaders. The purpose is to encourage the discussion of ethical matters in business classes and to secure a foundation for future discussions inside and outside of the classroom.

MBA Diversity Conference

This conference, open to all students, is a two-day event that addresses the need to respect the value of each student’s circumstances and contributions. Panel topics include identifying and breaking stereotypes; diversity in global assignments; and religion, politics, sexuality and other workplace taboos.

Invention Convention Youth Business Plan Competition

The invention convention is an annual business plan competition for South Bend high school students, who have completed a year-long entrepreneurial program through the Gigot Center. Prizes are awarded to the top entries, and MBA students act as mentors and competition judges.

Social Venture Business Plan Competition

Members of the Notre Dame community submit and present business proposals that identify and pursue innovative solutions to systemic social issues, learning how to create effective, sustainable responses. Students are involved with planning, marketing and implementing the event.

Hesburgh Award and Cahill Lecture

The Hesburgh Award for Business Ethics honors organizational leaders who integrate concerns for ethics and values in their business practices. Criteria for selecting the annual recipient include student-written support of chief executive officers, who exemplify best practices.

Gigot Center Social Entrepreneur Internship

As part of a community outreach program for low-income youth, MBA student interns are involved in leadership capacities as mentors, instructors, presentation facilitators and event judges for the program’s culminating business plan competition. Interns develop strategic plans and feasibility studies.

Community Partners and Community Based Learning Initiatives

Community Partners applies project execution to the community development context and familiarizes students with opportunities for any leveraged contributions they will make as executives. Opportunities for professional development include training with executives and development of an MBA skills/experience database for efficient matching of community requests and student resources.

Net Impact Board Fellows

MBA students are offered the opportunity to serve on not-for-profit boards in the South Bend area. Several students each semester serve in voting and non-voting capacities in various organizations, including the Foundation for Music and Healing and El Campito, a state-licensed bilingual daycare center.

Net Impact School, Inc.

School, Inc. provides MBA students the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and to contribute to youth and family development through on-going teaching and mentoring of underprivileged children and direct consulting work with the South Bend (Ind.) School Corporation faculty and administration.

Net Impact

The club matches current MBA and undergraduate business students with socially responsible opportunities on campus and in the local community. Net Impact also focuses on sustainability issues, hosting several student-run initiatives.

South Africa Intern Program

MBA and undergraduate students spend summer internships working with notable organizations in Cape Town South Africa to help develop marketing strategies, financial models and improved operational strategies for micro-businesses.

Jamaica Intern Program

MBA students teach a senior-level course, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development, to empower students to make a difference in their community through creating micro-enterprises and also provide assessments for local hospitals and nonprofit agencies.

Guatemala Microventuring Internships

These eight week summer internships for MBA and undergraduate students are offered through a parnternship with Social Entrepreneur Corps, and give students field experience in working on economic development and social entrepreneurship.

Ecuador Microventuring internships

These eight week summer internships for MBA and undergraduate students are offered through a parnternship with Social Entrepreneur Corps, and give students field experience in working on economic development and social entrepreneurship.