Darden's 'Net Impact' Week Pushes Business as Agent of Change

April 21, 2008 — The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business is hosting "Net Impact Week" today through April 24, featuring a series of discussions that explore how corporations and entrepreneurs are pursuing growth that creates positive social, environmental and economic impact.

The weeklong program is sponsored by the Darden chapter of Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world.

On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in room 150, David Patchen, managing director of emerging business accelerator for Cargill, will discuss "New Business Growth."

Erik Heyer, founder of The Siena School, a school for children with language-based learning differences, will speak on "Education Sector Growth" at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in room 160.

Keith Trent, chief policy, strategy and regulatory officer for Duke Energy, will address "People, Profits, and the Planet: Sustainable Growth in a Low-Carbon World," at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in room 150.

The final event of the week, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in room 50, is titled "Sustainability at Darden: How We Live and How We Learn." The program will feature Darden Dean Robert Bruner and members of the Darden faculty.

Information on Net Impact Week, including the ability to sign up for the individual sessions, is available at student.darden.virginia.edu/netimpact/ni_week_2008.asp.