Clubs and Community

100% OWEN

100% Owen seeks to enrich the Owen experience for students, faculty and staff through the promotion and organization of community service activities and fundraising opportunities in the Nashville community. 100% Owen has relationships with Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, the American Red Cross, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and other local organizations. Some annual events that 100% Owen organizes are

  • Habitat Fall/Spring Home Builds
  • Great Nashville Duck Race
  • Fall/Spring Trivia Nights: Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser
  • Halloween Party: Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
  • Junior Achievement Mentoring
  • Spring Blood Drive for the Red Cross

In past years, 100% Owen has helped to build more than 1,000 wall panels in more than a dozen builds with Habitat; raised more than $12,000 for the Boys and Girls Club; and donated over 30 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. Through tutoring, fundraising events, volunteer days and food/toy/clothes drives, the Owen community is able to give back time, knowledge and resources to the greater Nashville community.

Learn more about 100% Owen. Contact us at

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Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to “inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.” At Owen, we believe that businesses can both earn a profit and create positive social and environmental change in the process.

Owen’s Net Impact chapter organizes a variety of initiatives at Owen and in the Nashville community. Some events and programs that Net Impact has implemented are

  • Impact Week—An annual week-long spring cleaning drive for donations to the Nashville community.
  • Energy Efficient Facilities—Coordinated installation of dedicated recycling receptacles and energy-efficient lighting in classrooms.
  • Kiva Lending Program—Lender to a Kiva entrepreneur who has used the small loan to work toward economic independence.
  • Careers with Impact Symposium—A weekend of workshops and events to learn about careers with impact.
  • Owen’s Smart Printing Initiative—Implemented by Net Impact to reduce excessive paper consumption by 25 percent.
  • 2007 Net Impact Conference—The largest conference ever to convene on the Vanderbilt University campus, drawing an unprecedented gathering of students and professionals; previously held at Stanford Business School and Kellogg School of Management. Read more about the 2007 Net Impact Conference in our Newsroom.

Learn more about Net Impact. Contact us at

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Owen students extend their experience in social responsibility and sustainability efforts beyond the classroom and student-run clubs. Through Net Impact Consulting and the Leadership Development Program, Owen students have engaged in marketing, business development, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility for several Nashville businesses and nonprofits looking to expand their services and improve their impact to the community.

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The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFCSV)

The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures is committed to alleviating poverty through market-driven forces and enterprise. Directed by a graduate student-led programming board, the center provides resources and opportunities to leverage and combine the individual strengths of Vanderbilt University graduate students, faculty, and business partners. Get involved through the TFC’s events, Annual Social Venture Summit, Summer Fellowships, Social Venture Trek, or case competition opportunities.

  • Project Pyramid is an interdisciplinary course open to all graduate students at Vanderbilt University. The course examines the causes and symptoms of poverty, and varying methods of poverty alleviation. The course is designed to enable collaboration across different graduate disciplines and student perspectives on poverty and to prepare students for project work with domestic and international organizations.
    Learn more about Project Pyramid. Visit the Project Pyramid website

  • Social Enterprise Consulting: This independent study allows students to utilize their education to consult for a social enterprise. Students will directly engage with a social enterprise to solve a specific business problem at hand. Consulting groups are strictly interdisciplinary so students will work with others from outside of their program or school.

Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS)

Vanderbilt’s Center for Environmental Management Studies is a Vanderbilt University system-wide initiative jointly led by the School of Engineering, Owen Graduate School of Management and the Law School. The Center promotes and develops alliances among industry, government and academia to study the relationship of environmental policy to business management and operations.

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