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Johnson School Highlights 2009-2010
Net Impact 2009: Advancing Sustainable Global Enterprise
Jeff Immelt, David Skorton
At the opening session of Net Impact 2009, David Skorton, president of Cornell University and Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, focused on how organizations can innovate and reposition themselves to succeed in the new green, global economy of the 21st century. Speaking to a standing-room only crowd, Immelt said, "Government and industry are intersecting like never before and we'd all better be prepared."

Our Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise hosted Net Impact 2009, a student-run conference that brought together key players in the sustainable global enterprise movement, on campus in November. More than 2,000 professionals, MBAs, and other students convened to explore what it really takes for individuals and organizations to be change makers, innovators, and problem solvers. The event featured 350 speakers and panelists, including keynote speaker Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE. The student-run Sustainable Global Enterprise Club, Cornell University's Net Impact Chapter, was given the status of "gold chapter" by the parent organization, largely due to the great work it did to make Net Impact 2009 such a tremendous success.