Instructor and Faculty Lead - Service Learning
Center for Education on Social Responsibility

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Biography

As an Instructor in the Center for Education on Social Responsibility, Birdie teaches CESR 4005-Business Solutions for the Developing World, an experiential learning course that helps students apply their business skills to the growing field of social innovation in the service of poverty alleviation.  Birdie partners with social entrepreneurs around the world, guiding pro bono consulting projects that student teams complete to help further the mission of social impact organizations.  Birdie also teaches BCOR 3010 – Business Applications of Social Responsibility, a junior-level required course that challenges students to think critically about business conduct from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

As Faculty Lead of Service Learning, Birdie coordinates CESR’s Socially Responsible Enterprise (SRE) Certificate Program.  Students who earn the SRE Certificate distinguish themselves as Leeds School Graduates with unique CSR experience and training through select coursework, tailored experiential learning/internships and academic excellence.  Prior to joining the faculty, Birdie was the Managing Director of CESR, where she served as primary liaison to CESR’s Board Members, Fiscal Officer and coordinator of the annual Conscious Capitalism Conference.

Birdie worked in the field of social entrepreneurship as the Enterprise Director for Golden Gate Community Inc., a community development non-profit within the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund’s portfolio of social enterprises.  Birdie‘s for-profit experience includes the executive development program at MetLife and the Financial & Health Services Group at Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Birdie received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.