The first time I attended a Net Impact Conference, I did so at the invitation of CDC Development Solutions—now PYXERA Global—on the campus of the University of Michigan. Would I join a panel to discuss my company’s inaugural international corporate volunteer program? I had never heard of Net Impact, but the conference, which provided a terrific opportunity to promote the company’s commitment to CSR, was only a two-hour drive from my office in central Michigan. It was an easy “Yes!”
I was unprepared for the sheer mass of enthusiastic, youthful humanity flooding that campus, all surging forward in the same quest: to use their careers—and the power of business—to make the world a better place, for everyone. “These are my people!” I thought.