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Catalogue 2013-14

Amy Davila, MBA

Amy Davila, MBA '15

Having worked for several big CPG companies, I sought a career shift into the sustainability/social enterprise space. The Bard MBA program has helped shift my career away from "business as usual" by providing me with the knowledge and hands-on experience in sustainable concepts and practices. In addition to having the opportunity to work as a sustainability consultant for a Big Fortune 100 company through NYCLab, I am learning from some of the biggest movers and shakers within the sustainability field.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of business environments—from innovative start-ups to major corporations—with in-depth knowledge of core business skills through the lens of sustainability. The curriculum provides a grounding in manangement essentials, with a continual focus on the integrated bottom line: economic success, environmental integrity, and social equity.

Low-Residency

The Bard MBA is structured around monthly “weekend residencies” with regular online instruction in between these residencies. Five residencies are held each term: four in the heart of New York City and one in the Hudson Valley. Classes take place over four days, beginning Friday morning and ending Monday afternoon. Students also attend online classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the semester.

NYCLab

Business education, especially in sustainability, requires a strong hands-on orientation. A key component of the Bard MBA curriculum is NYCLab. During the first year of study, working in small teams, students consult for New York–area businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Each team is closely mentored by a faculty member. Second-year Capstone Projects provide the opportunity to take this work further and deeper.