Sustainable Business Fridays

Lunchtime dial-in podcast series

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during each semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Archive of Past Events

          

2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Macy's Systems & Technology: Managing Change and Developing Human Capital

LaTrice Ross, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Macy's Systems & Technology


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On May 6th, Bard MBA in Sustainability will be speaking with LaTrice Ross, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Macy's Systems & Technology.

LaTrice works to ensure an inclusive environment where all employees are treated with respect. Prior to joining MST, LaTrice worked with Step IT Up America, which was a program designed to train and assist minority women in starting careers as IT consultant. According to Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, "Inclusive human resources strategies are fundamental to the integrated bottom line and we are very eager to speak with Latrice to hear how Macy's Systems & Technology is applies these practices throughout their ecosystem."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Impact Investing, Women’s Leadership and Financial Literacy

Silda Wall Spitzer, Director and Principal, NewWorld Capital Group
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 29th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Silda Wall Spitzer, Director and Principal, New World Capital Group, focusing primarily on business development and deal origination for both growth and infrastructure project investments and works to support the Firm’s portfolio companies. She also serves as a member of the NewWorld Infrastructure Team.Before NewWorld, she was a Managing Director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors, an investment firm focusing on value opportunities, where she led strategic and business development.Prior to Metropolitan Capital, Ms. Wall Spitzer served as First Lady of New York State.  In that role, she worked to support the Administration’s goal of reducing fossil energy consumption 15% by 2015 with her initiatives promoting green buildings, alternative energy, and local food sources. Her I LIVE NY program engaged constituents to create livable communities and sustainable jobs.Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

***Questions for this podcast will be accepted via email. Please email Bard MBA student Amy Kalafa at ak4915@bard.edu with questions by Thursday, April 27th at 5pm to submit your question.***

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts.
 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Pratt Industries Recycling: Harvesting the Urban Forest

Michelle Wiseman, Public Sector Representative, Pratt Industries Recycling Atlanta
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 1st, Bard MBA in Sustainability will be speaking with Michelle Wiseman, Public Sector Representative at Pratt Recycling.

With a primary focus on recycling and sustainability, Michelle partners with municipalities, haulers and recyclers to respond to inquiries, service issues and events. She is tasked with providing education regarding the reduction of waste and easing contamination. Pratt Recycling is one of the largest producers of 100% recycled cardboard in North America and operates one of the leading Material Recovery Facilities (MRF’s) in the southeast. 

According to Bard MBA Director Eban Goodstein, "We can't begin to reimagine the city of the future unitl we deal with the issue of waste management at scale in the near term so we can focus of curbing human behavior, encouraging the basic principles: reduce, reuse, recycle over the long term, a major sustainability challenge for sure."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts.
 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Western Union's Shared Value Journey

Talya Bosch, Vice President, Social Ventures, Internal Communications and Global Events, Western Union
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On March 18th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Talya Bosch, Vice President, Social Ventures, Internal Communications and Global Events, Western Union about the company's shared value journey. 

Talya heads the Western Union Global Engagement Team within the corporate communications function. She leads efforts to leverage the 164-year-old company’s assets – including shared value products, responsible operations, cause-related marketing, data and thought leadership – for greater business and social impact.

Previously, Talya helped conceive and implement Western Union’s Our World, Our Family® program, a five year, $50 million commitment to creating global economic opportunity. Recognized as best-in-class with numerous awards, including the prestigious Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Excellence Award, Our World, Our Family® touched more than five million lives.

"The strongest brands and social movements are built from the inside out." Talya also leads WU’s global corporate internal communications and events. Her team focuses on engaging employees in WU’s customer-centric, purpose-driven culture through a variety of special initiatives and regular communications channels.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts
 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Ending World Hunger and Poverty while Caring for the Earth

Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO, Heifer International
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On February 26th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO of Heifer International about Heifer's initiatives for addressing hunger and poverty while helping to reinforce and build local communities in the process.

Pierre Ferrari was born in the Belgian Congo (today the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ferrari received a master’s degree in economics from The University of Cambridge and a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He joined Heifer with more than 40 years of business experience at companies like Coca-Cola USA, CARE and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund.

"Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

Download: BardSBF_Spring2016.pdf
Friday, February 5, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Certifying Sustainability and Transparency

Eric Henry, President, TS Designs
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On February 5th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Eric Henry, President of TS Designs. TS offers the most sustainable t-shirts and printing options on the planet. They use organic cotton, recycled materials and even an organic  “dirt to shirt” grown and made in North Carolina shirts and use water based inks. They also use on site solar, wind and compost power to power much of their facilities.

Eric has always had a heart for farming and gardening from a little kid- despite the fact he grew up in a large city. He started out thinking he would study agriculture – but his journey led him to cotton, shirts and sustainability. "Creating profitable, scalable businesses that respect all stake-holders is at the core of the Bard MBA's mission."  Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.
 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: COP21, The Unstoppable Momentum Behind Corporate Climate Action

Margaret Fenwick, Manager, Environment and Climate for United Nations Global Compact
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On January 29th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Margaret Fenwick, Manager of Environment and Climate at the United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s corporate responsibility initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. (over 12,000 participants in 170 countries).  She will be discussing the UNGC's Caring for Climate program.
 
Fenwick will discuss the UNGC's Caring for Climate program, which endeavors to help prevent a climate change crisis worldwide by mobilizing a critical mass of business leaders to implement and recommend climate change solutions and policies. The initiative helps companies to advance practical solutions, share experiences, inform public policy as well as shape public attitudes in an effort to mitigate a climate crisis. According to Bard MBA Director, Eban Goodstein, “Businesses have a unique opportunity, and responsibility, to be at the forefront of developing climate change solutions.”

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.
 

Download: BardSBF_Spring2016.pdf