University of Arkansas students are invited to attend an information session about Net Impact on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. in Willard J. Walker Hall, room 427.
This informational meeting will kick start the first Net Impact chapter at the University of Arkansas. The chapter will be a new student organization that encourages social and environmental changes on campus and through the workplace. It is open to all University of Arkansas students.
Jeff Rice, senior director, Responsible Sourcing Governance at Walmart, will be the guest speaker. Rice previously served as director of sustainability at Walmart and director of IT systems and strategy at The Sustainability Consortium. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas.
Net Impact is a globally recognized membership organization that focuses on intractable global problems from poverty to climate change. It has more than 80,000 members across the globe, and a vibrant chapter network. Net Impact chapters provide professional skill building, networking and experiential learning opportunities to help students and professionals incorporate sustainability into their careers. Activities include networking events, campus campaigns, service projects, career development, fundraisers, community partnerships, conferences, speakers, case competitions and more.
“Net Impact is more than a club,” said Meredith Adkins, corporate outreach director for the George W. Edwards Jr. Career Development Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. “It is a global community of emerging leaders who care about making a positive impact through their careers. Many students across this campus want to make a difference. We just need to bring them together to make a bigger impact and inspire innovation through collaboration.”
Walton College’s Jon Johnson, professor of sustainability and chairman of The Sustainability Consortium, and David Hyatt, professor of supply chain management, serve as faculty advisers. Adkins and Eric Boles, director of sustainability, Office for Sustainability, University of Arkansas, serve as organization sponsors.