Integrating “Purpose”: Educating MBAs with a Passion for Sustainability and Social Impact

Thursday | January 21 | 2016 | 3:45 pm - 5:00 PM
Salon C, D

Generational experts have been telling us for years that this group of incoming students are looking for “more” out of their business education.  Today’s students are hoping to integrate their passions throughout their graduate studies and future careers.  As the 2015 Deloitte Millennial Survey concluded, “For six in 10 Millennials, a ‘sense of purpose’ is part of the reason they chose to work for their current employers.”  How are we, as graduate management educators, designing programs that meet these demands?  Whether offering a stand-alone degree or certifications, integrating case studies and introducing experiential learning opportunities, or creating academic and alumni communities, our panel provides a wide range of examples and experiences of how b-schools are helping educate and guide students interested in careers in sustainability, social impact and social entrepreneurship.  Whether your interest is academic, extracurricular, or career-services-driven, join this interactive discussion to learn how schools that are making great strides in the “impact” space.


Kathryn Ernst, Program Manager, Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA, College of Business, Colorado State University

Bethany Patten, Associate Director of the Sustainability Initiative, Sloan School of Management, MIT

Jessica Thomas, Director, Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, NC State University

(Moderator) Katie Kross, Managing Director Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE),  Fuqua School of Business, Duke University