Breaking the conventional MBA model,  Adam Carver and Rosemary Lapka, both Erb ’12,  co-founded Ross Responds to provide volunteer expertise for organizations with social corporate missions.

Like many MBA students preparing to enter Ross, dualdegree candidates Adam Carver, MBA/MS ’12, and Rosemary Lapka, MBA/MS ’12, were seeking a life-changing experience. And they weren’t content to wait for classes to begin.

Carver and Lapka are members of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, enrolled at both Ross and U-M’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. This summer they launched the student service initiative Ross Responds, fueled by their mutual angst over the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taking their cue from the Ross travel program MTrek, Lapka and Carver decided to organize incoming and current MBA volunteers for a weeklong venture to the Gulf.