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Impact Makers' Rodney Willett speaking to a social entrepreneurship class at Virginia Tech

Impact Makers’ Rodney Willett speaking to a social entrepreneurship class at Virginia Tech

Impact Makers’ Rodney Willett discussed the company and its social impact with a social entrepreneurship class at Virginia Tech on March 30, 2016. The class is offered through the university’s new Social Entrepreneurship Department of Management and led by adjunct professor Lisa Fournier, who also owns a benefit corporation. The class is composed of Virginia Tech upper classman and visiting students from The Telecom in France.



seatuva201603_cseatuva_logoImpact Makers’ Vice President of Business Strategy Rodney Willett and Marketing Director Graham Sellors met with a social entrepreneurship class at the University of Virginia recently in Charlottesville.  They presented an overview of the Impact Makers’ story to the class and then responded to a range of questions including the details of the company’s recent gifting of its ownership to two nonprofits and what were the personal motivations for Rod and Graham to join Impact Makers.

The students, mostly undergraduates, are enrolled in the Experiential Social Entrepreneurship class taught by Christine Mahoney at UVA.  Professor Mahoney is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA, a program within the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.  The focus of the class is applying the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world problems that social entrepreneur partners of the class are facing.  Students are working in small teams on challenges proposed by a set of local and international social entrepreneurs.

Impact Makers now is one of those social entrepreneur partners, having asked the class for assistance in several areas related to its business and social impact focus.  The UVA class will be working with Impact Makers throughout the spring semester and report out its findings and recommendations later in the spring.

For more information about the UVA social entrepreneurship program see http://seatuva.org/.


On June 23, 2015, Impact Makers’ Vice President Rodney Willett visited with students from the Cochrane Summer Economics Institute to discuss Impact Makers’ innovative business model, B Corporations and the idea of social entrepreneurship.

The Cochrane Summer Economics Institute is a work/study program for rising high school seniors in Central Virginia that gives instruction and exposure to economic principles and the business world.  more


NewLogoImpact Makers hosted a group of a dozen Scottish students and their professor from the University of Abertay.   The students, all in their third year of university and studying business and marketing, came to !m as part of their tour of a variety of Richmond businesses (from Ledbury Shirts and Shockoe Atelier to Altria and Sabra). The VCU School of Business organized the students’ excursion as part of its International Consulting Trips which feature VCU students and those foreign schools visiting each other’s programs. The students learned about !m’s unique social impact business model and shared their perspective on social entrepreneurship in Scotland.