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Catherine Johnson, Assistant Director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Impact

Catherine Johnson came home to Michigan, from Portland, Oregon, to take an important job. She’s the assistant director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Impact, which is “housed” at the Ross School of Business. This episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise, with Romy Gingras, of Gingras Global, explores the campus-wide interest in businesses that have a social impact.

Johnson and Romy discuss how Michigan graduate students, who are getting degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, participate in the Center for Social Impact programs and competitions. The concept of social impact is attractive to those pursuing degrees in law, social work as well as an MBA at the world famous Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor.

Catherine Johnson and Romy Gingras also briefly touch on what it’s like to be working within the realm of Social Enterprise, even though many of their colleagues and associates didn’t understand their attraction. They feel like they are the pioneers of social impact consulting services, as both women have vast experiences in the field, both here in the United States, and abroad.

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