Graduates for Social Innovation

Graduates for Social Innovation is a graduate club designed to get students involved with social innovation.

Who We Are

Graduates for Social Innovation, formerly known as SIMBA, is a club designed to raise awareness of social innovation among graduate students and increase their participation with the Ballard Center. As part of Graduates for Social Innovation, graduate students engage in meaningful experiences by applying their skill sets in this field.

Join us for our member-only monthly events with guest speakers who are currently engaged in social innovation in some way. Possible speakers may include social entrepreneurs, employees of social ventures, funders of social ventures (impact investors or philanthropists), or individuals working in corporate social responsibility or innovative nonprofits. We strive to assist all graduate students in finding their place in social innovation, regardless of their specific career path.

Come network with fellow graduate students interested in this field as well as with these dynamic speakers and learn about the Ballard Center and opportunities to use your skill set to gain experience in social innovation.

Past Events

Here is a sample of our exclusive, member-only past events:

  • Social Enterprise: Davis Smith, CEO of Cotopaxi
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Brent Goddard shares about NuSkin’s CSR program
  • Microfinance: Troy Holmberg, US Synthetic’s Asante Foundation
  • Impact Investing: Kurt Brown, Alta Capital management

We also partnered with the Anti-Human Trafficking Club to host a campus-wide event for Tim Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad, and to screen the organization’s new documentary, “The Abolitionists.” There was so much interest we hosted a second screening of the documentary.

How to Join

Visit the Marriott School clubs website to join Graduates for Social Innovation. Select Graduates for Social Innovation and pay either $15 for a semester of membership or $20 for a year. If you have any questions, please email us.

Subscribe to the Graduates for Social Innovation Newsletter

The Graduates for Social Innovation club sends out a weekly newsletter to keep graduate students updated on all upcoming events, social innovation jobs and internships, and other news. To subscribe to the Graduates for Social Innovation newsletter, please email us.

“I love going to SIMBA events because they build my knowledge of social innovation trends and bring together like-minded students so we can explore ideas together. It’s exciting to discuss and work on solutions to social change with other students who want to make a difference through their work!”
“I loved going to Graduates for Social Innovation events because they built my knowledge of social innovation trends and brought together like-minded students so we could explore ideas together. It was exciting to discuss and work on solutions for social change with other students who want to make a difference through their work!”
— Megan Murff, MBA