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    Sustainable Strategies, Sustainable Business to be Discussed at Beard Symposium

    Dr. Peter Senge, known for his organizational systems thinking and called one of the top 20 most influential business thinkers by the Wall Street Journal, will address the fifth annual Beard Institute symposium, Sustainable Business: Responsibilities & Results.

    The Beard Institute, the outreach center of Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, hosts the symposium to focus on the critical importance of sustainable business practices.

    Senge, author of The Necessary Revolution (2008) and the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990, revised edition published 2006), serves as a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Besides his morning keynote, the symposium also will feature:

    • Ted Senko, CPA, global chief executive, climate change and sustainability services, KPMG
    • Chris Park, principal of sustainability, energy and environment practice, Deloitte
    • Zoe Tcholak-Antitch, director, North America, Carbon Disclosure Project
    • Jean Sweeney, vice president of environmental, health and safety operations, 3M.

    During the luncheon, 3M will be recognized as the winner of the Beard Institute’s 2011 Green to Gold award. The award recognizes an American company that demonstrates commercial success in sustainable business practices.


    When: Thursday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Where: Fairmont Hotel, Pittsburgh


    The Beard Institute

    The Beard Institute, as a part of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, advances the profession of management through the integration of three established disciplines: business ethics, sustainability and responsible financial management. The Beard Institute collaborates with corporate, nonprofit and academic partners to create innovative research and practical strategies that add measurable value to the business community.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.