Portland, Oregon – From 289 chapters and over 20,000 members, only seven teams were selected as finalists from the professional, graduate and undergraduate chapters to present at the Portland Annual International Conference.
The trio of Bobcat Net Impact students, Ani Aroian, Nicole Fisher and Natalie Rodriguez had only five minutes to present the Presi slide show which focused on the projects this young student chapter has directed in the last year.
They were judged by an international panel of business executives who responded to the presentation with three minutes of questions.
The Bobcat chapter presented first on Thursday and the excitement built until the winning chapters were announced on Saturday night. Texas State McCoy College Net Impact received the #1 Chapter of the Year Award. The University of Minnesota chapter was the runner-up in the undergraduate division.
Net Impact's mission is to "mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world." Its philosophy is to put business skills to work on significant issues that have a "net impact" on profits, people and the planet. Less than two years old, the Texas State chapter is mentoring a program at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez in Santiago, Chile and was asked at the conference by Net Impact Asia to reenact its presentation for film so the video could be used as an example of excellence throughout Asia.
Dr. Janet Hale is the faculty advisor.