I returned to graduate school to
learn a skill set that will enable me to speak the language of business.
I plan to utilize these skills to help corporations create business models
that reduce their ecological
footprint, uphold their responsibility to local communities and
the world at large, and sustain profitability. I believe that this degree
will help me to pursue a career that suits my strengths and satisfies my
desire to make a difference in the world. Business and capital are powerful
tools; if corporations are pointed in the right direction for utilizing
their assets and wealth, they can have a positive collective impact on our
environment and global community.
My objective is a career in environmental consulting with a focus
in the sustainable architecture or green building field. My goal
is to continue to improve upon my communication and analytical skills
so that I can help corporations to think strategically and creatively
in creating green business plans and development projects that implement
energy efficiency technologies and measures that are profitable and forward
One of my most memorable experiences to date happened in the first
week of GW’s MBA program when Stonyfield Farm’s president
and CEO, Gary Hirshberg, came to speak to us. Hirshberg’s story is
inspirational because he has stayed true to his mission of producing
a high quality product for human consumption while maintaining a
profitable business for all of his stakeholders and shareholders.
Hirshberg’s final point has stuck with me and has inspired me in my
career goals: although we can all make a difference on a small scale, unless
we get the giant corporate conglomerates on-board with CSR issues, we will
not be able to progress our “cause” for the world and our environment
fast enough to save it.