Net Growth is a worthwhile journey against the accepted grain

Olya Surits is a University of Oregon humanities major with a minor in environmental studies. She’s vice president of marketing for UO's Net Impact chapter.

Olya Surits is a University of Oregon humanities major with a minor in environmental studies. She’s vice president of marketing for UO's Net Impact chapter.

Even though several days have passed since the May 2 Sustainable Practices Raising Net Growth Conference held by UO’s Net Impact chapter, we are still teeming with enthusiasm.

Our group had been a part of a few projects since we started last January, but we had not yet dreamed of organizing something of this caliber. When Ryan Seo, the Net Impact chapter’s co-founder and VP of events, first suggested we put together a professional conference, the group responded with almost unanimous fervor.

I distinctly remember the pride I had felt being part of a group that was so full of energy and ambition. Instead of dwelling too long on our actual lack of experience, we were determined to create something outstanding together.

We quickly organized into specialized teams and began dedicating our time to developing the theme, finding the speakers, and coordinating details of what would be the SPRNG Conference. If you can imagine a room full of highly driven and diverse individuals, then you can envision what Net Impact meetings resembled during this hectic time of collaboration.

During this period, my teammates and I were able to shine in our own distinct way. Every member ended up contributing a piece of their individual ability and style to organizing the event. Together, we overcame, and laughed through, blunders big and small while working toward a unified vision of quality.

When the conference began, the room bustled with like-minded professionals and university students, all of whom were there because of a joint passion for sustainable business. Knowing that we were responsible for enabling this connection was just the first reward of the evening.

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