The Business and Society Impact Program (BSIP) is an online learning experience that is designed for leaders seeking to deepen their expertise at the intersection of profit and purpose.

Over eight weeks, BSIP will offer snapshot courses in six areas that are critical to creating shared value for business and society: corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, impact investing, ESG, social enterprise, and strategies for a more sustainable world. The program will also examine broader questions around enlightened capitalism and building an economy that serves all.

Note: Program space is limited. Applicants will be notified if accepted.

Program details

Who should apply

The program is seeking applicants from a wide array of backgrounds and professional experiences, including mid-career professionals, rising leaders, and retired executives. Indeed, a key goal for the small group discussions is to ensure participants bring perspectives from diverse career stages, industries, and life experiences.

Program structure

The eight-week program takes place online from June 22 to August 16, 2020 and has three weekly components:

  • An interactive lecture each Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. CDT. (Note: Recordings of the lectures will be available for download throughout the week.)
  • A 50-minute, small group discussion weekly that is led by an expert facilitator. These small group discussions are inspired by the “tutorial system” of the University of Oxford and aim to offer an intimate setting for participants to explore their ideas alongside a group of their peers. (Note: Multiple times will be offered for small groups to accommodate all schedules.)
  • Assigned readings and podcasts (approximately 2.5 hours per week) that can be completed at participants’ convenience.


Brian Abrams
Adjunct Faculty of Management and Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Loyola University Chicago
Jennifer Griffin Jennifer J. Griffin
Baumhart Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Strategy
Loyola University Chicago
Swasti Gupta-Mukherjee
Associate Professor of Finance
Loyola University Chicago
Nancy E. Landrum
Professor of Sustainability Management
Loyola University Chicago 
Sonal Shah
Founding Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and Professor
Georgetown University
William Towns
Loyola Alumnus and Adjunct Lecturer of Social Impact
Northwestern University
Arup Varma
Professor of Management
Loyola University Chicago

Guest speakers

BSIP will draw on the expertise of more than twenty extraordinary leaders who will serve as plenary panelists on Monday evenings and who will visit small group discussions. Example guest speakers include:

John Edelman
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility
Paul Fisher
Former President & CEO
CenterPoint Properties 
Amy Francetic
Managing Director
Buoyant Ventures
Connie Lindsey
Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Northern Trust
Dorri McWhorter
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Jessica Droste Yagan
CEO & Managing Partner
Impact Engine


The cost of BSIP is $495. This cost includes all content and curricular materials.

Note: The Baumhart Center may offer partial or full cost assistance in rare cases where a candidate's participation ensures a more diverse, inclusive, and successful program for all participants.