The Program

Impact Challenge engages you in an intense, team-based experience that achieves real-world results and kick starts your leadership development at Ross. The program challenges you to think creatively, achieve audacious goals, and meet aggressive deadlines while working with community partners to meet community-identified needs in Detroit. It serves as the first of many opportunities at Ross to get involved in the community and make a contributing alongside inspiring local leaders and entrepreneurs.

Impact Challenge is proudly supported by Deloitte and General Motors.

Get Involved

Impact Challenge is a part of orientation for Michigan Ross students in both the Full-Time MBA and Master of Accounting programs.

After Impact Challenge, there are often opportunities to continue engaging with community partners. Stay tuned to Sanger’s newsletter and social media for details. You may also consider getting involved with Ross’s Detroit Revitalization and Business Club (R&B), a key partner in advancing the school’s responsible engagement strategy in Detroit.

“[My favorite moment at Impact Challenge was] when I said ‘thank you’ to the judges at the end of our 5-minute pitch. My teammates went crazy with applause and cheers. We were all so invested. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Jack Kramer, MBA ’19

Program Type

Action-Based Learning

Key Dates

Full-Time MBA
August 2018

August/September 2018

Time Commitment

The full-time MBA program is generally four days and the MAcc program is two days.

Participant Requirements

  • Full-Time MBA
  • MAcc

Skills You’ll Learn

Solving Problems Creatively
You’ll work alongside a small business to develop ideas that will help it evolve and grow. To do so, you’ll need to get beyond a surface understanding of problems to the heart of the matter, while challenging others to more clearly see solutions and possibilities.

Driving Results
You will experience firsthand what it takes to create exceptional value for shareholders, stakeholders, and society. You and your team will be at the forefront of solving a real-world problem by finding a shared mission, achieving energizing goals under pressure, and pitching your ideas.

Leading Change and Innovation
Your team’s success will depend on its ability to generate breakthrough ideas. You’ll be encouraged to offer novel ideas and perspectives, show courage to take risks, and enable others to do the same.

Leading Others
You will do all of this with others and have the opportunity to practice a breadth of team leadership skills. From articulating direction and coordinating to empowering and inspiring, you’ll develop skills to lead from any position in an organization.

Experience Impact Challenge



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