Bard MBA

Our People

The Bard MBA faculty reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of sustainability-focused leaders in the New York City region and beyond. In addition to the permanent faculty at Bard, the weekend intensive structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as program faculty. Some of our faculty teach full time; some share their expertise for set modules. Guest lectures and case presentations are a prominent feature of the program. Experienced business leaders also support the program on the MBA Advisory Board.

Sharon Livesey

Sharon Livesey J.D., Northeastern University. Livesey is a tenured associate professor at the Fordham Schools of Business, where she has served on the faculty since 1996. She teaches several courses in the Fordham M.B.A. program, including Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Management Communication, and the foundations course in Managing and Communicating for Global Sustainability. Livesey also teaches in Fordham's executive education program, as well as in its undergraduate business school. In 2006 she taught in China in Fordham's Beijing International Management Program. In 2007 she was awarded the Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence for her graduate and executive-level teaching. Livesey's research explores the relationship between language and social change, particularly as relates to the role of business in promoting more socially- and environmentally-friendly practice. Her published work on business and sustainability includes studies of business-environmental partnerships, corporate social and environmental reporting, and business response to environmental crises. She is currently researching the relationship between climate politics in the United States and Exxon Mobil's corporate discourse. She has also studied water conflicts affecting the California rice industry and municipal water privatization efforts in the United States. She authored a Harvard Business School case on McDonald's and the environment, a study of the communication challenges arising from a watershed U.S. business-environmental partnership.