A Better Path to Impact Careers for MBAs

by Ryan Steinbach
Dec 29, 2015 12:30 PM ET

As I stood in front of my booth at the Net Impact Conference Expo, I watched eager MBA students stride between tables. These aren’t your typical MBA students. They’re not interested in climbing the corporate ladder or the highest-paying careers. These MBAs want to use their degrees to create a better world.

The exhibit floor was buzzing with excitement. For once, almost every booth was pitching products, services and careers that appealed to MBAs interested in corporate sustainability, social enterprise, impact investing and nonprofit management.

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Ryan Steinbach is Associate, Operations, for Impact Business Leaders.

Ryan supports the operations and communications of Impact Business Leaders. Prior to IBL, Ryan was a Community Manager for the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business where he connected students, alumni and coworkers to programs, networks and resources focused on social entrepreneurship, corporate sustainability and business model innovation. Before that, Ryan worked on digital marketing for The Newberry Group, Oikocredit USA, and Calvert Foundation. Outside of work Ryan explores the social change space where he lives in Washington D.C., and is particularly passionate about business model innovation, renewable energy, and the solidarity economy. Ryan earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland-College Park, majoring in Marketing and Management.