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Jamie Gardner (Bus ’95): The Value of Diverse Career Experiences

Feb. 19, 2024

In an insightful discussion with Jamie Gardner (Bus ’95), CESR Advisory Board member and current Head of Strategic Programs with Google, she dives into her elaborate career journey, offers valuable advice for students seeking careers in sustainability, and her desire for more people to share their sustainability stories. A Collection...

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Corporate Sustainability Certificate Helps Alum Land an ESG Job

Jan. 26, 2024

Graduating from The University of Arizona with a pre-med degree, a field she admittedly had no desire to pursue further in her career, Marisa Mendenhall (CESG ’22) has now successfully carved her way into the sustainability space with her work as Manager of Commercial Real Estate ESG Programs and the...

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A Long-Term Approach to Sustainable Business: Lauren Kotze

Jan. 19, 2024

Featured on the 2023 edition of GreenBiz’s 30 under 30 list is Leeds School of Business alum and Sustainability Manager for The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, Lauren Morrell Kotze. GreenBiz, a prominent media and events platform that emphasizes the intersection between sustainability and business, generates this yearly list to recognize the...

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Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Sustainability World: MBA Student Consulting Project

Dec. 6, 2023

MBA students Mary Boling and Dan Thompson recently had the opportunity to travel to Reno, Nevada, as a part of their consulting project with Arrow Electronics. The project is a part of Joshua Nunziato’s Socially Responsible Enterprise MBA class, where students complete a semester-long sustainability and ESG consulting project for...

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Tony Kong on Social Sustainability and Transcendence

Nov. 15, 2023

We’re proud to share that we have more than 50 Leeds faculty members from across all seven academic divisions who are CESR Faculty Affiliates , joining us as we re-launch this program. We invited these faculty members to join because their research and/or teaching relates to sustainability and ESG. We...

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Building Community and Strategizing for the Future: The Stories of Rachel Bigby and Lauren Roadman

Nov. 6, 2023

Rachel Bigby and Lauren Roadman are alumnae of CESR's Certificate in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy course . They recently sat down with CESR to discuss their careers, their hopes and insights for the ESG landscape, and their vision for the Certificate in ESG Strategy alumni group. CESR: What...


Mastering Conference Networking: Building Lasting Professional Relationships

Oct. 20, 2023

As many students may know, job application season is in high effect. Participating in CESR’s events is already a great differentiator for starting your sustainable career search , but learning how to network effectively is also key. CESR spoke with several experts on conference networking in order to share advice...


Navigating the Path to ESG and Sustainability: Insights from Tonie Hansen

Oct. 5, 2023

Tonie Hansen is an ESG leader and started building the ESG department at NVIDIA in 2006. She built their corporate responsibility functions from the ground up and worked on their strategic relationships and brand reputation. She originally went to NVIDIA to build its charitable foundation, and also spent 15 years...

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Propelling the Energy Transition Forward: Career Advice From an MBA Alum

Sept. 25, 2023

Mike Hilgendorf ( MBA ‘20 ) is a Leeds Alum currently working at FTI Consulting as a Director in the Power, Renewables and Energy Transition group. During his time at Leeds, he became the president of Leeds Social Impact Consultants and the Net Impact Case Competition . Mike has played...


Cultivating a Sustainable Future: The Investability of Regenerative Agriculture Technology

Sept. 11, 2023

Rita Herzog (MBA/MENV'24) earned a competitive spot in the inaugural cohort of the ClimateCAP Fellowship . That program involved completing a research project, the output of which is below. Abstract In a world grappling with environmental challenges and food security concerns, the spotlight has shifted to a revolutionary approach to...