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Johnson to host Net Impact International 2009

Peter O'Brien, MBA '08Kevin Johnson, MBA '09Erin Bina, MBA '09 From left to right: Peter O'Brien, MBA '08; Kevin Johnson, MBA '09; and Erin Bina, MBA '09. O'Brien submitted the winning proposal for bringing the Net Impact International Conference to the Johnson School. Johnson and Bina will lead the multidisciplinary team organizing the conference.

The Johnson School has been selected to host the Net Impact International Conference, to be held on Cornell's campus in fall 2009. The conference will bring together approximately 2,000 students, professionals, and thought leaders from around the world to discuss the latest ideas and opportunities in business and sustainability.

A student working group led by Peter O'Brien, MBA '08, submitted the Johnson School's winning proposal in March 2007, with guidance from Mark Milstein, director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. The proposal was co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the School of Hotel Administration, the town of Ithaca, and numerous corporate partners. Collaboration between the university and industry promises a multidisciplinary conference that will highlight the university's and the region's expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable enterprise.

The conference will be organized by a multidisciplinary team of students working with the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, led in the coming year by Kevin Johnson and Erin Bina, both MBA '09.

Net Impact is an international nonprofit membership organization comprised of new leaders who are committed to using the power of business to improve the world. Its network spans the globe, with more than 140 student and professional chapters on six continents in more than 80 cities and 110 graduate schools. Members believe that business can both earn a profit and create positive social change. For more information, visit Net Impact's Web site at

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