Bard MBA in Sustainability presents

Sustainable Business Fridays: Empowering Youth Through Entrepreneurship

Sherry Youssef Younes & Alejandro Crawford

Friday, September 8, 2017

Alejandro Crawford's mission is to expand access to the knowledge, space and alliance innovators require to bring new solutions to market and scale them. As a consultant, he is is managing director of Acceleration Group, where he works with the leaders of companies, governments, universities, investors, and NGOs to to harness the potential of disruptive leaders to remake our economy. He and his colleagues enable leaders of mission-driven organizations to build bottom-up innovation, forge risk-aware strategy, and seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. As an entrepreneur, he launches and grows ventures such as RebelBase and Tangible Creative, and enables many others to launch and grow. As an educator, he serves as professor of entrepreneurship at the Bard MBA in Sustainability and designs innovative courses for programs ranging from Baruch's MBA to Fordham's nonprofit leadership program. He writes regular opinion pieces for forums such as U.S. News and World Report and recently published a new ecosystem framework for expanding access to entrepreneurship globally. He speaks regularly on what needs to be done to prevent a lost generation of entrepreneurs and release our potential for sustainable growth. He earned his BA in history from Cornell University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Sherry Youssef Younes is a Youth, Workforce Development, ICT4Development and Women's Economic Empowerment Consultant with over 23 years experience in international economic development programme design, development and management.  She is currently the Techincal Director for the he DFID-Islamic Development Bank Arab Women's Enterprise Fund Programme, a multi country women's economic empowerment programme being implemented in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. Previously, she established and led DAI’s Global Practice for Workforce Development and Youth Engagement. Sherry was also the Programme Manager for USAID’s Global Broadband’s Innovations for Youth Capacity and Engagement (IYCE) Programme where she managed the design and implementaion of a one-of-a-kind serious gaming pilot that demonstrated a theory of change whereby youth engagement both on and offline was fostered through serious social gaming.  She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Arab Studies & International Business and Diplomacy from Georgetown University.  She is also senior advisor to Making Cents International.
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Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit

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Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am EDT/GMT-4

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