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Net Impact Chapter Earns Silver Standing

By Charlie Dale

Members of the Kogod chapter at the 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland, OR

Members of the Kogod chapter at the 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland, OR

Kogod's chapter of Net Impact has achieved Silver standing for the first time, earning special recognition from the global nonprofit.

The graduate student chapter is one of 30 to be honored with the standing for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

The organization, which promotes using business for social and environmental responsibility, has more than 300 student and professional chapters worldwide. Members of the Kogod chapter are committed to seeking to improve the world through business.

Peter Maldonado, MA/MBA '12, is the chapter's former president. He calls it "the club at Kogod that taps into the values of people and profit," and believes it will be integral for Kogod students interested in career tracks such as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and environmental sustainability.

Maldonado says that its Silver standing proves that the club was able to put its message into practice last year, with unique speakers, site visits, career resources, and consulting projects for D.C. nonprofits.

Erin Monahan, MBA '13, the incoming chapter president, credits Maldonado and former Vice President Kathleen Lam, MBA '12, for the achievement.

"There are certain requirements that are needed before you can be granted Silver status, and Peter and Kathleen ensured that they were met," she said. "They had a vision and made sure to see it through."

Kogod's silver status designation will be promoted at Net Impact's annual conference, on its website, and in the organization's annual Business As UNusual guide to graduate programs.