Published: Jan. 18, 2021 By


Welcome BackWelcome back to spring semester everyone. We, at CESR, are excited about the coming months and are planning a full suite of events designed around social and environmental impact work. You may be familiar with some of our event formats from the fall such as the Find Your Path panels for undergraduates and Careers in Sustainability panels for graduate students, and our Changemakers series. This semester CESR will also be holding networking events, case competitions and presenting new collaborations with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, the Burridge Center for Finance, CU Real Estate Center (CUREC) and the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA)

CESR will continue to feature and amplify diverse voices working on business and climate change, ethical leadership and justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We are always interested in connecting with new people and strengthening our network. Please reach out if you have a recommendation of someone we should meet.

We remain 100% virtual this spring and look forward to the day we will be back together in person. In the meantime, we are always available for one-on-one meetings, and we encourage you to drop in on Julie Waggoner’s office hours, weekly on Zoom, Wednesdays from 11-noon. Come talk about your career goals, your Leeds experience, or just say “hi.” She would love to chat with you.

CESR Explores

Congratulations to those students who attended CESR events this past fall and earned CESR Explores rewards. Through CESR Explores each event you attend earns you one point toward a prize. Each time you reach a qualifying level we will send you that reward. It's that simple! 

The program carries over into this semester and rewards are cumulative. So if you are working toward the Executive Lunch you still have an opportunity to earn that this spring. For our students who already reached the upper reward levels, congratulations! If you have qualified for our new CESR Explores Advisory Council we look forward to working with you on enhancements to make this program even more valuable to you and your peers. 

Business Ethics Case Competition (BECC)

BECC challenges undergraduate students to apply their values and skills learned in Leeds classes to difficult real-world cases. The competition explores ethical dilemmas while engaging students in the business realities of complex stakeholder needs and interests. After a preliminary round between four and six teams advance to the finals where the top 4 teams win cash prizes. Applications are now open.

  • Application Deadline | Feb. 19th, 2021

  • Case Release | Feb. 26th, 2021

  • Preliminary Round | March 4th, 2021

  • Finnal Round | March 11th, 2021

The competition is sponsored by Tim Borden, a pioneering force in the development of ethical issues in corporate governance, a field that now includes corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship and sustainability. 

Natural & Organic MBA Pathway

Launched in 2019, the Natural & Organic MBA Pathway is a set of suggested CU classes, and co-curricular programs produced by CESR, designed to enhance graduate students’ skills, knowledge and connections in the natural and organic industry. All students who attend one or more CESR events marked Natural & Organic are officially part of the Pathway

We are also thrilled to announce that the school is running a new Natural & Organic Pathway 1.5-credit course taught by Heather Kennedy during the second 8-weeks of spring semester called Marketing Lab: Consumer Packaged Goods in Natural & Organics (MBAX 6368). If you are interested in this course in the future, please let the school know.

If you have questions about the Natural & Organic Pathway we encourage you to reach out to Justine Roberts and set up a time to meet.