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New Course for Graduate Students: Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation

Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation (298D) is a new graduate course being offered this winter quarter by Professor Dr. Jennifer Walske, the Faculty Director (Interim) of Impact @ Anderson. 

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 4:10 – 7:00 pm, January 7 – March 10, D310 UCLA Anderson

The objective of this foundational course for an impact emphasis @Anderson is to take a deep dive into impact and all of the areas that Impact @Anderson engages in on a broader level. In this class we will debate if large-scale private capital should be going to projects and causes that have significant positive social impact. Or instead, ask if desirable social change should remain within the realm of non-profit organizations and governments. Given that this course is a high level overview of the areas in which one can create meaningful impact throughout one’s career, the class opens and closes with a point of reflection on how you might weave impact into your work, volunteerism, giving and civic engagement.

This course will explore the following topics:
• The role of corporations in driving social change;
• Discuss how startups can be catalytic in seeding social innovation;
• The interplay with business, society and government;
• Conscious capitalism (and consumerism);
• Technology deployment at scale for impact;
• Helping or hurting the poor; an assessment of aid intervention, and its unintended
consequences, in a developing country context;
• Creating social impact through social movements.

This class is taught by the case method, including cases which have been written by the Dr.
Walske on the following organizations:
Sanergy, Fair Trade USA, Grameen America, and
Burning Man (as well as others).

Guest Speakers include:
• Nikhil Arora, Co-Founder, Back to the Roots
• Tracy Palandjian, CEO, Social Finance, Inc.
• Paul Rice, Co-Founder, Fair Trade USA
• Marcus Berkowitz, VP of Technology & Innovation, Grameen America
• David Auerbach, Co-founder and CEO, Sanergy
• Harley DuBois, C-founder, Burning Man

To register contact either Professor Walske ( or Lizzeth
Rosales (

Please see attached link for more information.

Impact Overview Graduate Course