Career Focus

Students come to the Bard MBA because they seek to transition to meaningful work furthering social or environmental sustainability goals. Our program is uniquely focused on helping graduates build powerful careers in this new world of mission-driven business. Students build their professional network by gaining access to sustainability leaders through our student-run podcast—The Impact Report, our Sustainable Business Series, and many guest lecturers. Students are also assigned professional mentors each year they are in the program, and they participate in a year long career-development course with Professor Jorge Fontanez (more below). Finally, in Bard's unique, individually mentored MBA capstone, students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to develop future careers as purpose-driven entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs or sustainability consultants.  Bard MBA graduates join more than 300 alumni/ae working in the sustainable business and environmental policy field. View our Look Book below to explore career opportunities.
Bard MBA Careers
Many of our graduates are bringing their MBA skills to their existing positions. Others transition to new work. Recent career changes by Bard MBA students and graduates include moves to:
  • Management consulting at BSR, SustainAbility, KPMG
  • Sustainability lead at Etsy
  • Manager at CNN
  • Asia regional coordinator at Waterkeeper
  • Sustainability coordinator at American Express
  • Sustainability director at Pratt & Whitney
  • Sales at Tesla Motors
  • Sustainability manager at Eversource Energy
  • VP of operational excellence at ING Financial
  • Director of academic advising and community outreach at Bard Early College
  • CEO for startups in food systems, green tourism, and affordable housing
One-on-One Career Advising with Jorge Fontanez

One-on-One Career Advising with Jorge Fontanez

Marketing Professor Jorge Fontanez also teaches the Bard MBA career development course, a year-long sequence featuring seven workshops on topics ranging from Career Mapping, to Personal Branding to Interviews.  In addition, Fontanez guides students in one-on-one career counseling sessions. Learn more about the Bard MBA Career Development process here.

Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability Lookbook

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