Our 2018 Challenge site is now live, visit to submit your idea for increasing happiness and fulfillment in the workplace!

Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business constantly challenges its students to “Ask More of Business, Ask More of Yourself.” Once our students become alumni, the College believes in continuing to provide opportunities for alumni to be a force for good, through their relationship with their alma mater. In 2017, Mendoza launched the Ask More Ideas Challenge as a way to contribute to a societal challenge as a community. In 2018, the College is launching its second Mendoza - Ask More Ideas Challenge, to provide opportunities for our alumni and friends of the College, regardless of where they live, to serve their communities by submitting their own ideas related to an impact initiative that affects society.

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Each year, the Ask More Ideas Challenge will provide a different opportunity for Mendoza alumni to utilize their collective brainpower to take on a unique challenge in the world today.  Alumni can submit an idea on their own, or they can organize an event through their local ND alumni club and submit an idea as a group! The focus of the challenge for 2018 will be to brainstorm ideas for how businesses can create workplaces where employees are happy and engaged! Gallup recently stated that 85% of employees feel emotionally disconnected from their workplaces. If managers and companies can create more happiness and engagement in their offices and workplaces they will be doing right by their employees and will be helping their organizations become more profitable and sustainable.

Help your fellow ND alumni out by sharing best practices that you've seen for helping employees live happier, more fulfilled lives by submitting an idea today!

The Challenge will run for the month of April. If you are interested in receiving updates on this year's Challenge, please fill out our short form to be placed on the mailing list.

If you have questions, please email Tim Ponisciak at

Individual Participation

As part of the Challenge you will be able to submit your ideas. All you will have to do is provide a little bit of detail about yourself and your idea (title, description, whether you've seen the idea in practice) and hit submit! Don't forget to look at the other ideas that have already been submitted and vote or comment! The top ideas will be recognized by the College after the conclusion of the Challenge.

ND Club Participation

Club leaders, are you looking to host a new kind of event focused on service to society? Try hosting a gathering focused on the Mendoza Ask More Ideas Challenge!

The Ask More Ideas Challenge is an online idea collection initiative sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business. For the month of April, we encourage Notre Dame alumni, parents and friends to submit their ideas for our 2018 challenge. Individuals can submit ideas, but we also encourage local ND clubs to submit ideas as a group! The best part is, if your club hosts an event and submits ideas through the online portal, this will count as a community service event for your annual report to the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

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The focus of this year's challenge is on how businesses and managers can create a happy and engaged workplace! Sign up for our email listserv for weekly updates. If you have questions, please email Tim Ponisciak at


How can clubs participate?

  • Schedule a gathering for your club to take place during the month of April. It can be a small dinner, a reception or a meeting at someone’s home.
  • Advertise the event to your club members, along with a description of the challenge.
  • Assign at least one attendee to be the record keeper for the event. This person will write down the ideas suggested throughout the evening.
  • Use the questions listed under the Inspiration tab on the Ideas Challenge website to guide your conversation throughout the evening. The official Ideas Challenge page will go live on April 1.
  • Determine who will input the top ideas suggested over the course of the evening into the Ideas Challenge website. We suggest submitting three to five ideas.
  • Post about your event on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MendozaIdeasChallenge!
  • Top ideas will be recognized by the College in its newsletter and on social media


Who are we helping?

A lot of people! Mendoza will share the results of the Challenge back out to its alumni community so any alum can decide which strategies and tactics they can implement in their own place of work. The Challenge is also public, so anyone can benefit from the power of the Mendoza network.

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