Saving the Planet, One MBA at a Time

March 02, 2011

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn

The Crummer Graduate School of Business is empowering future business leaders with the knowledge to make positive social and environmental change a reality around the globe. The second installment of the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise Series, presented by the Rollins MBA Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship, will provide the Rollins community an opportunity to learn from Pulitzer Prize winning social entrepreneur Sheryl WuDunn.

Acclaimed author, reporter and social entrepreneur, Sheryl WuDunn will share her expertise on economic, political and social topics relating to women in developing countries. The presentation will take place from 1-2 p.m. on March 4 in the SunTrust Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship is nationally recognized for its ability to provide students and alumni with practical experiences, education and connections to a vast network of progressive entrepreneurs. Recognizing the world’s need for environmentally sound, sustainable and socially responsible business practices, the Center inaugurated the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise Series in December 2010. The purpose of this series is to bring in diverse experts who can speak to their personal experience with social entrepreneurship and sustainability.

In the fall, the Center sponsored the attendance of both undergraduate and graduate students to a competitive social entrepreneurship program sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Here, students gained insight on what differentiates a social entrepreneur and why this growing field is so critical to global social progression. Faculty and staff members attended an Ashoka U Exchange just this past weekend to learn from institutions with top social entrepreneurship programs like Duke, Harvard, Babson and Arizona State University.

Rollins MBA faculty members also offer classes and opportunities to attend international seminars on global sustainability and social innovation to further reinforce the importance of this business trend for students. Keith Whittingham, associate professor of management science, recently taught a course on global sustainability. Participating students traveled to the INCAE School of Business in Costa Rica where they attended a seminar focused on ecotourism and global environmental challenges specific to Latin America. They studied alongside fellow MBA candidates from around the globe.

The original installment of the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise Series featured presentations by the executive committee of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform in addition to social entrepreneur and Rollins alumnus Norm Friedland (Class of 1968). The panel of distinguished speakers gave insight on how major corporations are achieving a positive social impact through the use of sustainable business practices on the communities in which they operate. Those in attendance received expert advice on how budding entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into reality.

”Social entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise are becoming increasingly important components to higher business education, across top academic institutions around the world. Rollins, in particular, attracts students with a strong interest in civic engagement and social enterprise; this new initiative is a perfect fit and tremendous value-add for the Rollins community,” remarked Cari Coats, executive director of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.

For more information on the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship and its upcoming Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise Series, please visit

By Justin Braun (Class of 2011MBA)

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