The Impact MBA in CSU's College of Business prepares students to address social, economic and environmental needs while building and managing businesses for a better world.
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Sam Goldman from Cohort 9 joined us this week as a guest for our Lunch & Learn series! As GreenBiz's Senior Account Executive, Sam leads on the strategic development, execution, and management of business development activities at the GreenBiz Group – an industry-leading media and events company that advances opportunities at the intersection of business, technology, and sustainability.
Sam believes that sustainability reaching scale will require deep corporate commitments and innovations in climate mitigation, circular systems, and a wholesale re-imagining of the status quo. We also got to hear about his love for mountain biking and live music 🚵
Thank you, Sam for joining us this week.
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The Impact MBA has been teaching students how to connect purpose with profit since 2006. Its alumni have been using those lessons to drive efforts for almost as long. Impact MBA Program Director Kathryn Ernst looks at how our alumni are using their skills in industries as diverse as recreation and women’s health. Learn more about our alumni’s thought leadership at her blog at Poets&Quants.
Cheers to Friday and cheers to good food and even better company! We love getting together with our alumni. Here's a snapshot from an alumni happy hour last week with some of cohort 14!
Proud of the work we all do!
Connecting Purpose With Profit – Colorado State University’s Impact MBA While other MBA programs scramble to adapt their MBAs to focus on sustainability, Colorado State University's Impact MBA has been ahead of the curve by over 15 years
As part of their supply chain management class, the Impact MBA students engaged in a world café exercise to brainstorm and discuss how supply chains could take actions to help businesses achieve sustainable development goal targets using pictures and words. Their collages associated with the goals on which they worked are displayed on campus in Rockwell Hall and Rockwell North.
Thank you to @jennifer.vancil for providing her expertise on all things LinkedIn, Resumes & Networking to our students last week.
Impact MBA Alumni - if you're not already a part of our LinkedIn group, make sure you join the network: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2181905/
Last month CSU's College of Business MBA students had the opportunity to participate in Level-Up Week for the second year. The Impact MBA team launched Level-Up Week in the spring of 2021 to create opportunities for students to provide professional development opportunities outside of the program's curriculum. Read more about Level Up Week here: https://biz.source.colostate.edu/grad-students-build-resumes-and-sustainability-credentials-at-level-up-week/
Shout out to our students that participated in CU Boulder's Natural & Organic Case Competition last week!
We kicked off the semester with our first Lunch & Learn this week! Thank you to Trish Kenlon, founder of Sustainable Career Pathways, for her time, expertise and passion about helping people find successful careers in the sustainability space. Learn more about Sustainable Career Pathways and connect with Trish on LinkedIn: https://sustainablecareerpathways.com/
If you're an Impact MBA Alumni and would like a one-on-one coaching session with Trish to glean insight and direction in your sustainability career search, the Impact MBA is offering to cover the cost for you. Reach out to us at [email protected]. ✉️ (limited number of spots available)
Happy holidays means alumni from Cohort 12 who live in Colorado and Kenya meeting up in Girona, Spain, because that’s how our global network rolls! Wish we were all there with you (all 300+ alumni!) 🤣
Every year, Colorado State University recognizes "Outstanding Grads" from each College. Last week, Blerinda Veliu (Impact MBA Cohort 14, Social Entrepreneurship Track) was recognized as the College of Business Outstanding Grad!
Blerinda is a Fulbright Scholar from Kosovo. Throughout her time in the Impact MBA, her team worked to start a company that connects NGOs with necessary resources for responding to emergency situations (such as refugee camps) and natural disasters.
Blerinda looks forward to bringing her business, startup, and sustainability expertise back to her family's mushroom business in Kosovo. In addition to that business, Blerinda and her sister have launched a company that produces organic medicinal teas.
You are amazing, Blerinda! Congratulations on this recognition. Take a look at her highlight here: https://biz.source.colostate.edu/outstanding-grad-blerinda-veliu-college-of-business/
Impact MBA student Allie Stauss was voted by her peers to be the graduation speaker at yesterday's ceremony. In addition to speaking during the ceremony, Allie was recognized with the LEAD Award! Faculty members vote to recognize one student from each cohort for their leadership excellence and academic distinction.
Allie's next step in her impact journey will be as the Senior Project Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability for Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. Allie writes in her LinkedIn profile that she "oversees the tactical execution of KDP's sustainable supply chain strategy for coffee and other agricultural raw materials including apple, sugar, and corn to advance progress toward the company's '100% Responsibly Sourced' commitment and its Nature and Livelihoods impact focus areas."
In a College of Business highlight, Allie wrote, "There is no economy without ecology. There are no human resources without natural resources. Businesses can no longer afford to separate marketing and financial acumen from sustainability, which is why I am so grateful and proud to be a graduate of CSU's Impact MBA program. Its interdisciplinary approach uniquely positions us to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges through creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Personally, I have learned that sustainable business is rooted equally in people skills and technical dexterity and that we will only shift the paradigm when we build inclusive, diverse, action-oriented coalitions. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, wildfires, and social justice movements, this cohort of the Impact MBA has demonstrated its grit and ambition to make our world kinder, more resilient, and more sustainable. My experience as a member of the Impact MBA community has been invaluable in my pursuit for a values-driven career and I can't wait to see what this group will collectively accomplish in the future."
CONGRATULATIONS to Cohort 14! After countless late nights and early mornings, papers, presentations, classes attended, ventures started, businesses made more sustainable, fun events, and friendships formed, you have finally made it to graduation.
We couldn't be more proud of this first graduating class of the Impact MBA. Thank you, thank you for being a part of our Impact MBA community. You already make an impact on a daily basis and we can't wait to see you amplify your impact as you move forward into this next step in your careers and entrepreneurial journeys.
We welcome you into our incredible, global network of alumni. You will always have a support system, a network, and a global family to rely on.
We are so proud. Congratulations.
Last summer, Impact MBA student @__kmartinez completed her Corporate Sustainability Fellowship with French regenerative agriculture company Gaïago. Professor @joe.cannon and Katelynn turned her fellowship experience into a "live" case study for Dr. Cannon's Marketing for Social and Sustainable Enterprise class. This morning, 8 student teams presented their recommendations to Gaïago's top management.
We are proud of this applied learning, impact-driven, global, and collaborative educational experience. Bravo and thank you to everyone involved 👏 👏👏👏
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