Net Impact

Welcome to the Foster Net Impact Club!

What is Net Impact?

Net Impact is a leading non-profit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational changing in the workplace and the world.  At the heart of this community are over 50,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working for a sustainable future.

Foster Net Impact, a Gold Chapter, offers unique access Seattle’s change leaders in top organizations like Starbucks, Microsoft, Virginia Mason and Amazon, while also helping connect with local non-profits like PATH, the Gates Foundation, and Social Venture Partners.  Net Impact Foster also works internally with the University of Washington administration and partners in the Evans School of Public Affairs, the College of the Environment, and the College of Engineering to create opportunities on campus for our members to grow and learn. Externally, we host events with the Seattle Net Impact Professional Chapter.

What can you expect as a member of Net Impact?  Throughout the year we host numerous brown bag lunches, speaking events, panel discussions and skill-development workshops. Not to mention tours of places like the Bullit Center, the world’s greenest commercial building, and Theo Chocolate, a local artisanal chocolate factory.

In addition to these ongoing events, we have three main activities per quarter:

  • Fall Quarter National Net Impact Conference – Each year a group of students attends the National Net Impact Conference, a 2 day event with 350+ speakers and over 100 interactive learning sessions.
  • Winter Quarter Net Impact Service Corps Projects – A non-profit consulting project that gives students the opportunity to work on real-world projects that create value.  We are proud to be working with two key partners to actualize Service Corps – McKinsey and Social Venture Partners.
  • Spring Quarter Idea Lab – Our marquee event that brings together over 45+ leading Puget Sound business professionals and a keynote speaker for a half-day conference.


Additionally, working alongside key partners in the University of Washington’s Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Facilities Services, the Campus Sustainability Fund, and other green student organizations across campus, our Campus Greening Initiative is all about making the place where we go to school cleaner and more sustainable.

Be sure to check the MBAA calendar for all our upcoming events and follow us on Facebook!

Advisory Board We are one of the few MBAA clubs that has an external Advisory Board comprised of leading sustainability professionals in multiple disciplines and industries which provides guidance to our Chapter. Our Advisory Board includes:

  • Elizabeth Stearns, Foster School of Business Senior Lecturer
  • Ben Packard, Director of Corporate Engagement at the Nature Conservancy and former Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks
  • Bryce Smith, CEO of One Energy Renewables
  • Steve Lippman, Director of Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft
  • Brenna Davis, Director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason
  • Will Lana, Partner at Trillium Asset Management