CESR Career Treks, a partnership with Leeds Career Development and MBA Career Management, offer participants unique face-to-face interaction with executives from the areas of sustainability, community relations, corporate social responsibility, compliance, and HR. These execs operate at high-solvency businesses with a strong presence in social activity and sustainability programs. As one Microsoft HR representative noted at the San Francisco 2015 trek, just being there in person was a resume differentiator for students.

Treks can be a half day or multi-day experience and take place in Colorado or out of state.

CESR prioritizes health and safety. For this reason we will not be holding any Treks for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see our event page for our schedule of programs.


“I really appreciated the focus on sustainability and CSR...it was a unique opportunity to see inside some of the largest, most famous companies around…I made some really good contacts.” -Matt Gettleman, Leeds MBA ’15

Past CESR Career Treks

Chicago, Illinois CESR Career Trek (November 21-22, 2019)
Explore Chicago with CESR! Learn about business careers in social impact (this includes natural products, B Corps, CSR, sustainability, social enterprise, nonprofit and beyond)! Network with professionals and get exclusive insights on working in the field of socially responsible and sustainable business. Registration is now closed.

Fort Collins, Colorado MBA Farm-to-Market Supply Chain Trek (October 2019)
CESR explored local careers in sustainable supply chain through a guided tour of Noosa Dairy and a trip to Rodelle

Austin, Texas CESR + Deming Career Trek (January 2019)
In partnership with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, CESR spent 2 days in Austin visiting startups and scaling ventures with a focus on sustainability. The entrepreneurial spirit of Austin, combined with a passion for positive business impacts, allowed for students to experience an array of careers, as well as the Capital Factory, a unique co-working space with a startup accelerator program.  Read about each incredible business on the Deming Center News.

Denver, Colorado CESR Career Trek (November 2018)
In the fall of 2018, twenty students had the opportunity to explore socially responsible businesses with sustainable practices in Denver, Colorado. Students were able to participate in question and answer sessions, developing their comprehension of CSR practices within successful businesses. Read more here.

Seattle, Washington CESR Career Trek (February 2018)
This February, eleven undergraduate and eight graduate students travelled to Seattle, Washington on a CESR Career Trek that focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility.  The students were able to converse with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals at a long list of companies including Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks. 
Read more here

Portland, Oregon CESR Career Trek (February 2017)
The spring CESR Career Trek ventured to Portland, OR to visit companies that embrace corporate social responsibility. Companies included the Green Sports Alliance, Portland Timberwolves/Moda Center, Nike’s Global Community Impact Group, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Hopworks Urban Brewery and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Read the recap here.

Los Angeles CESR Career Trek (October 2015)
Nineteen MBAs and undergrads visited Patagonia, Lakeshore Learning, Warner Bros, Southern California Edison and The City of LA. See blog story here. For the recap, click here.

Boulder CESR Career Trek (February 2015)
Students on this local trek learned about the inspiring work from two visionary Boulder companies, Justin’s and Renewable Choice. Read more here.

San Francisco CESR Career Trek (January 2015)
Twenty-four MBA and undergraduate students jumped at the chance to be part of Leeds’ inaugural CESR Career Trek in San Francisco to get an inside look at the sustainability practices at Google, Clorox, Facebook, Salesforce, PG&E, Intel, Microsoft and Cisco. Read more here.

More Information

Interested in more details about CESR Career Treks? Contact the CESR office for more information.

Curious about other career treks offered at Leeds? Take a look here.