Everyone is invited to the kickoff of a new organization, Net Impact Memphis, on Thursday, February 8 at 5:30 PM, at EP’s Delta Kitchen at the corner of Second and Beale. There will be networking, drink specials, and information about a wonderful new professional organization coming to Memphis.
So what is Net Impact and why would you want to check it out?
Net Impact is a national organization of professionals, MBAs, nonprofit leaders, and students committed to social responsibility through business. There are professional and student chapters in many cities across the U.S. This will be the first professional chapter in the state of Tennessee; there is a student chapter at the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt.
Net Impact members nationwide have used the national organization’s resources to effect positive social change through their work. One member convinced her office’s cafeteria to replace styrofoam cups with biodegradable ones. Another member led an initiative to teach workers to file documents electronically, rather than printing out each and every e-mail to be filed in a folder. This, of course, saved reams and reams of paper. These are just a couple of examples… as a member you’ll have access to a wealth of educational materials online, as well as the opportunity to be inspired through hearing notable speakers and attending conventions.
You’ll also have the advantage of networking with like-minded people, and you’ll have access to Net Impact’s career development program. Many NI members find a mentor within the organization to guide them in their careers. There’s also a members-only job board, and if you consider moving to another city, there will likely be a NI chapter there to help you get oriented.
There will also be a national Net Impact conference in November, to be held in Nashville, and we’re hoping to field a strong Memphis delegation.
So, if it sounds like something you’d be interested in, by all means come to EP’s on the 8th. There will be no obligation to join; however, if you choose the $50 Full membership (which is the one I’ll be getting), you get access to all of NI’s resources, and as a bonus you’ll get a 20% off coupon for EP’s. There are also other membership levels available: Free, for those who want to take NI for a test drive first; and Lifetime ($300), for those who fall in love with the organization and want to jump in with both feet.
Note: Net Impact Memphis is not related to Mpact Memphis, other than the fact that they both have the letters “mpact” in their names.
If you have questions, the person to ask would be fellow blogger AngieDawn, who is founding the Memphis chapter. You can also check out the www.memphisnetimpact.org website. You can also check out the national site.
- One more reminder: The Dempseys at the Saucer, tonight, 9:30. Of course, I’m sure it won’t be as good as last Sunday’s show at Huey’s, since big-name, world-famous, A-list celebrity Rob Corddry (aka “THE” Rob Corddry) won’t be there. It was such an honor to be graced with his presence Sunday night. Shame on Huey’s for not rolling out a red carpet through the restaurant’s entranceway for him.
- The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge is happening this weekend at the clubs on Beale Street. Wristband access to all the clubs is available for $10 tonight and $15 tomorrow night. This will probably end up being my plan for tomorrow night. Wonder if the Tap Room is participating this year, now that they’ve taken the stage out?
That’s all for now… got an appointment to get to.