Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business

Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business


Huge congratulations to Tess Lapray, Blerinda Veliu and Emily Bergman of the Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business, and Colorado State University Political Science Department doctoral candidate Julia Choolwe Munsaka for earning first place at the Hanken School of Economics international HUMLOG Challenge!

The team’s resiliency kits stood out among proposals from 37 teams representing 21 schools in 16 countries. Their kits will empower communities in Mozambique to lead their own disaster recoveries through partnerships with government and NGOs that are already on the ground after disasters hit.

“We designed it in such a way that it would be a hermetically-sealed food bag that contains crop seeds,” Munsaka said.

Veliu added, “The only way people can survive these challenges is if you work with them on ways for them to help themselves.”
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We’re thrilled to announce that the Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business was recognized as the No. 5 Better World MBA in the United States by Corporate Knights, and No. 20 worldwide!

This honor reflects the program’s leadership in sustainability education and our College’s strategic focus on Business for a Better World, preparing future business leaders to address the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges.

The Impact MBA cleared a highly competitive field of participants including those from the most recent Financial Times 100 MBA Ranking and schools accredited by AMBA, AACSB or EQUIS.

Thank you to all our faculty, staff, students, alumni and corporate partners for helping us achieve this recognition. We couldn’t have done this without you!

#BusinessForABetterWorld #BetterWorldMBA #Sustainability
Register for the 2021 Integrity Forum to learn about local and sustainable business – and enjoy some free pizza and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card while you’re at it! 🍕

Tomorrow and Thursday from 6-8 pm in the LSC’s 3rd floor Cherokee Ballroom.

11/10: Hear from Zubaida Bai, an Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business graduate and founder of ayzh, a social enterprise that designs vital healthcare products to improve the health and happiness of women and girls. Zubaida currently serves as a managing director at CARE Social Ventures Corp helping convert locally created, locally run, philanthropic programs into financially sustainable social enterprises.

11/11: Participate in a captivating panel discussion that will give students the opportunity to ask questions of local Fort Collins business leaders. Speakers will share their lived experiences, business knowledge and best practices in what is sure to be an invigorating and engaging discussion.

A live stream will be available for registered attendees.
What began as a conversation between Kat Ernst, director of the Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business, and former student Mahmod Shamsi about potential job opportunities in Fort Collins turned into an international bid to save his and his family’s lives.

We're so proud of Mahmod and everyone who lent a hand in aiding his family's evacuation efforts! 💚 #BusinessForABetterWorld

Read the full story:
When Kelly Haugen and Erica Tardiff were completing their degrees in the GSSE program (now the Impact MBA) they met James Iacino, a College of Business MBA alum who serves as the Executive Chairman of Seattle Fish Company, and the three connected over their shared passion for sustainable seafood.

Recently, Kelly and Erica released the first product from the sustainable fish-feed company they founded thanks to support from Seattle Fish Company, which pre-purchased food and provided a grant that is helping the duo scale up the operations of Nobilis Aqua and continue to push back against invasive carp species that are devastating freshwater ecosystems.

“There are some amazing sustainable solutions being developed throughout the aquaculture feed industry right now,” said Kelly. “With feeds trending towards plant-based and insect-based products, we felt there was still a strong opportunity to innovate around new fishmeal protein alternatives not regularly seen in the market.”
We are proud to be partnering with College of Business - Colorado State University (CSU) as a corporate sustainability fellowship host for its Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business program! This summer we are so excited to welcome Jacob Winkelhake to our team! He will assist in our non-profit strategic planning, customer feedback loops, market research and analysis, and so much more!

Jacob is a Civil Engineer who is pursuing an MBA in corporate sustainability from CSU. His professional interests include renewable energy, waste-water treatment, and cradle-to-cradle design. Jacob grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky for his undergrad education. Outside of school and work Jacob enjoys cycling, fishing, and archery.

The Impact MBA teaches the next generation of leaders the critical business skills needed to leverage the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
Hey Impact MBAers! I am from GSSE cohort 11 and work for a growing startup natural deodorant company in Fort Collins. Due to our growth, we are looking to immediately hire an employee to help with manufacturing and shipping. Hours are flexible and the atmosphere is fun. If anyone is looking for some summer work to hold them over- check it out. Feel free to reach out to me directly if you are [email protected].

🎉 Congratulations to the recipients of the Accelerate Impact Award, ReKaivery Inc. and WellNav, who received $15,000 and $10,000 respectively to fund their ventures created in the CSU Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA (now the Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business). The awards provide startup capital to entrepreneurs from the latest graduating class to help bootstrap their efforts. They’re just one of the many ways the College of Business supports entrepreneurship.

More than one third of all GSSE/Impact graduates from the program’s first nine years have launched ventures since graduation! Introduced this year, the Accelerate Impact Awards provide funding to some of the program’s most promising ventures and help #BizRams use #BusinessForABetterWorld.
You can’t achieve the American Dream if you can’t get financing, and the recent CSU Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA/Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business graduates who showcased their Islamic finance startup, Immpower, during their year-end pitch competition are helping to put that dream within reach for more people. Colorado Edition on KUNC 91.5fm spoke with the December graduates about how the alternative financing model can change the lender/borrower arrangement and strengthen communities.

#BusinessForABetterWorld #ProudToBe #BizRam
We're excited to welcome our newest intern to the IBE team! Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Luke Kirkham is a Marine Corps veteran who, in December 2019, received a B.S. in Business Administration - Marketing and a B.A. in Languages, Literatures, & Cultures - French from CSU. He is currently pursuing the Corporate Sustainability track in the Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business program.
Eric Byington puts the business skills he learned in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA (now the Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business) to work as the owner of Denver’s Queen City Collective Coffee, building an equitable and sustainable coffee supply chain.

“When we talk about economic development and using business to make the world a better place, I think there are some really hard questions that we have to ask ourselves and our respective businesses.”

Read more about Eric in our young alumni feature from The Difference 2020! #B4BW #ProudToBe
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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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Photos from Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business's post 03/31/2022

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.


Several alumni mentioned here!

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.

Timeline photos 03/04/2022

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!

Connecting Purpose With Profit – Colorado State University’s Impact MBA 02/25/2022

Connecting Purpose With Profit – Colorado State University’s Impact MBA

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

Photos from Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business's post 02/17/2022

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.

Timeline photos 02/09/2022

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:

Timeline photos 02/07/2022

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:

Photos from Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business's post 01/27/2022

Shout out to our students that participated in CU Boulder's Natural & Organic Case Competition last week!⁠

Timeline photos 01/26/2022

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:

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)

Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business updated their address. 01/26/2022

Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business updated their address.

Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business updated their address.


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!) 🤣

Timeline photos 12/21/2021

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:

Timeline photos 12/18/2021

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, Allie!

Timeline photos 12/17/2021

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.

Photos from Impact MBA at CSU's College of Business's post 12/15/2021

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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