AUNE’s MBA Community Meeting Forum is an excellent opportunity for AUNE students, alumni, faculty, and guests to interact with community and business leaders on a fascinating array of topics. Guest speakers will share experiences and expertise on all aspects of sustainability, ranging from impact investing to mindful leadership to climate change impacts on business and community.
Fall 2014 Community Meeting Forum Events
September 6 – Welcome! Building a Learning Community
To start off a new school year, incoming students, continuing students, faculty and staff gathered for breakfast, meet and greet activities and orientation to the MBA in Sustainability program.
September 27 – Learning Journey
Field experiences are an important part of the MBA in Sustainability program. Understanding ecological systems and business systems is a key component to developing an expertise in sustainability. The September Learning journey was connected to the Earth Systems in Organizations and the Managerial & Financial Accounting courses and covered a variety of business and natural systems issues. Students visited Contoocook Creamery, Surry Dam in Surry, New Hampshire, and the Keene Community Garden Connections garden at C&S Wholesale Grocers.
October 25 - The Insider’s Guide to the Sustainability Job Search
Katie Kross is an educator, career coach, and author of Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability (2nd edition, Greenleaf Publishing, 2014), which includes an interview with an AUNE MBA in Sustainability alumnus. She has counseled and inspired hundreds of MBA students to go on to sustainability careers with Fortune 500 companies, social and environmental nonprofits, mission-driven companies, and startups. Her practical, solutions-oriented approach to the sustainability job search has led professionals and students alike to seek her out as a career coach.
November 14 – Resilience: A Story about Caring, Commitment & Courage
Brad Sterl, CEO of Rustic Crust, was the guest speaker in November. In 1996 Brad started Rustic Crust in order to supply high quality, organic food to restaurants. On March 6, 2014, disaster struck: a fire broke out and within a few hours, the company’s 16,000 square foot production facility in Pittsfield, New Hampshire was destroyed. We talked with Brad about the rebuilding of the plant, and his support of his employees throughout this challenging time.
December 13 – Impact Investing Panel Discussion
Panelists included Juliana Eades, Founder and President of the NH Community Loan Fund and recipient of AUNE’s inaugural Horace Mann Citizen’s Award; Alan Singer, Lending Director of the Franklin County (MA) Community Development Corporation; and Joel Moyer, AUNE MBA alumnus and Investment Associate for the Fair Food Network. Panelists discussed capital formation and will explore challenges and opportunities of the growing asset class of impact investing.