University Park, Pennsylvania- Penn State Net Impact Undergraduate, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainability and social responsibility within business attended the 2016 Net Impact National Conference. This year’s annual conference was held on November 3-5, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Net Impact Conference is meant to act as a gathering place for like-minded students and professionals committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact. 2,500 attendees throughout the country gathered in Philadelphia to listen to inspiring speakers and attend insightful breakout sessions. These breakout sessions give guests the ability to discuss some of the challenges the world faces including climate change and social justice. Attendees had the opportunity to inspire one another with possible solutions to these issues.
Some of the various keynote speakers throughout the three days included Doug McMillion, president and CEO of Walmartand Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy. The conference also featured a career expo where attendees were able to network with a number of large, international companies and nonprofits.
The Penn State Net Impact Undergraduate chapter won second place this year for Undergraduate Chapter of the Year, proving the students’ dedication to sustainability and corporate social responsibility throughout the school year. This is the second time that the Penn State chapter has been recognized; in 2015, Penn State won first place for Undergraduate Chapter of the Year. Penn State Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter had an exciting time exploring Philadelphia and sharing ideas with fellow students. The chapter looks forward to attending the conference next year in Atlanta, Georgia!