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Simmons School of Management's Net Impact Chapter Receives Gold Chapter Standing

Honor bestowed on only 14% of Net Impact Chapters Nationwide

BOSTON (June 28, 2011) — The Simmons School of Management Net Impact Chapter recently received the prestigious Gold rating, an honor only 14% of the 180 Net Impact chapters worldwide chapters receive. The standings, based on the chapter's performance this past academic year, represent the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network.

Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization that works to equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Chapters achieve Gold or Silver standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach. Gold and Silver chapters also strengthened the overall network by collaborating regionally on events, mentoring other chapters, and sharing success stories with their peers.

Simmons School of Management's Net Impact activities this year were led by Presidents Lindsey Seavey and Ellie Beck and included co-sponsored research colloquiums around Boston, a social marketplace event, and the annual CSR Panel. The next Simmons School of Management chapter event is the annual CSR Panel and takes place September 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Simmons College.

"Net Impact's Gold chapters provide members with critical support to learn about careers for good, expand their professional networks, and put their business skills to work through real-world projects," said Net Impact Executive Director Liz Maw. "They are at the forefront of the movement to build a new generation of business leaders."

Gold and Silver chapters are recognized publicly within the Net Impact network and in their local communities. They will receive special designation in Business as UNusual, Net Impact's annual publication showcasing how business programs incorporate social and environmental responsibility into their offerings, among other benefits.

Net Impact represents a new generation of leaders spanning sectors and industries who are putting their business skills to work for a better world. It's programming helps 20,000+ members in nearly 280 undergraduate and graduate chapters worldwide transform their careers to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line — but people and planet, too.

The Simmons School of Management is the only business school in the world designed specifically to educate women for power and principled leadership that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The program is featured in The Princeton Review's "The Best 301 Business Schools" 2010 edition and ranked the #1 MBA program in the U.S. with the
"greatest opportunities for women."