The Duquesne MBA Sustainability program attracts interest and participation from an ever-widening circle of corporate, government, not-for-profit and other partners.

Our Distinguished Speakers include sustainability leaders who address current business issues, leadership, ethics, and other relevant topics. The exposure that you gain to senior managers enhances classroom discussion and informs your career options and decisions.


Karen Larrimer, Chief Marketing Officer, PNC
Topic: Analytics – The Foundation for Building the Bank of the Future

Paul O’Neill, 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and former Chairman and CEO of Alcoa
Topic: Ethics in Healthcare: The Leadership Component

Bob McCutcheon, Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Pittsburgh
Diploma Ceremony Address to Class of 2013

Ted Senko, Global Chief Executive for Sustainability, KPMG (distinguished alumnus)
Topic: Sustainability as a Strategic Business Imperative for All Companies

John Buckley, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & COO for Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Bank of New York Mellon
Master Class: What Color is my Company's Social Responsibility?

Michael Abrashoff, U.S. Navy Commander and Author, It's Your Ship 
Topic: Empowering Your Team

Dr. Mary C. Gentile, Director, Giving Voice to Values, Babson College
Topic: Giving Voice to Values

Jack Ouellette, President & CEO, American Textile Company
Topic: Leveraging an MBA Emphasizing Sustainability in a Tough Job Market

Mihir Patel, Esq., Executive Vice President-Risk, Capital One(program alumnus)
Topic: Mitigating Social and Environmental Risks

Jeffrey Gladstone, Vice President-Risk, PNC Bank (program alumnus)
Topic: Why Risk Management is Central for Enterprise Sustainability

Matthew Mehalik, Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
Roundtable Discussion: Envisioning a New Era of Sustainable Economic Development in Pittsburgh

Right Honorable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria
Topic: Business, Sustainability, and Ethics in Nigeria

Gretchen Haggerty, Executive Vice President & CFO, U.S. Steel
Idea Café: What it Takes to Make it to the Top in Business

Brad Johnson (alumnus) and Stacey Puskar, Senior Practice Managers, Deloitte
Strategy Idea Café: Outsourcing – the Ethical, Social and Financial Implications

Jason Wirick, Facilities Director, Phipps Conservatory (program alumnus)
Living Building Tour

Andy Hoffman, Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and Professor, University of Michigan
Topic: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

Ed Denton, General Manager of Corporate Marketing, U.S. Steel 
Master Class: How Globalization and Shifting Economies Influence Strategic Marketing and Decision Making

Lauren Zulli, Design Engineer, Herman Miller Furniture (program alumna)
Net Impact Lunch and Learn: Job Hunting Tips

Razi Iman, Founder and CEO of 113 Industries and Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University 
Open Innovation Idea Café: Open Sourcing as a Strategy for Innovation

Kris Crown, Manager, Seventh Generation (program alumnus)
Idea Café: R&D and Marketing behind Greenest Brands in the World

Philip Wilson, Founder of EcoFilter, Central America's Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Idea Café: How an NGO Made Drinking Water Safe in Guatemala

Shawn Graham, Author, Court Your Career
Career Planning Workshop: Resume Writing and Interview Preparation

Greg Warman, Principal, ExperiencePoint
Professional Development Workshop: IDEO Design Thinking Simulation

Mary Anne Henroty, Executive Director, Catholic Youth Charities, and Susan Nirschel, Director, Easter Seals
Service Learning Case Study: Business Development Plan for Adult Day Services in Pittsburgh

Tammie Potvin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Idea Café: Leading Change

Dr. John Skabardonis, Polycarbonates Marketing Manager, Bayer MaterialScience
Topic: Sustainability as a Key Driver for Innovation in Multi-National Marketing

Adam Shaut, Market Development Manager for Product Innovation, Alcoa
Topic: Project Management Methodology

Bob Willard, Author, The Sustainability Champion's Guidebook
Topic: Sustainability as a Core Operating Value

Bill O'Rourke, Vice President, Sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety, Alcoa
Topic: Be Informed Champions for Social and Environmental Stewardship!

Marc Mathieu, (former) Senior VP of Global Brand Marketing, Coca-Cola
Topic: Live Positively, Coca-Cola's Sustainability Platform

Cary Krosinsky, Vice President, Trucost, and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Topic: Corporate Social, Environment and Financial Trends

Monica Gorman, Ph.D., Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility and International Trade Compliance, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Idea Café: Factory Outsourcing, Labor Relations and CSR

Bob Kumpf, Chief Administrative Officer, Bayer MaterialScience
Roundtable Discussion: Career Opportunities for MBAs with Expertise in Sustainability

Terry Gallagher, President, Amrop Battalia Winston
Career Planning Workshop

Louis D. Astorino, FAIA, CEO and Chairman of Astorino Architectural Design
Topic: The Business Case for Building Green

Scott Lammie, CFO and Senior Vice President, UPMC Insurance Services
Roundtable Discussion: Healthcare Financial and Patient Care Outlook

Bob Stearns, President, Enlightened Leadership, and Malcolm Baldridge Award Examiner
Topic: Total Quality Control Processes

Dr. Richard Liroff, Executive Director, Investors Environmental Health Network
Topic: Stakeholder Role in Environmental Policy Formation

Dr. Tom Tuffey, Director, Center for Energy, Enterprise & Environment
Topic: Reducing our Energy Footprint

Mr. George Halkias, Vice President, Kimball Corp. 
Topic: LEED Certified Design and Construction


MBA Sustainability students actively participate in Duquesne's annual sustainability symposia and interface directly with the world's thought leaders on sustainable business practices.

100 Years of Sustainability - November 2012

  • William McDonough, Co-author, Cradle to Cradle
  • Andrew Winston, Co-author, Green to Gold
  • Dr. Mohammad Zaidi, RIO+20 Project; former Vice President of Technology, Alcoa
  • Al Neupaver, President and CEO, Wabtec Corporation
  • Greg Babe, President, Orbital Engineering; former President/CEO, Bayer AG
  • Dr. Urmi Ashar, MD, MBA, Board Member, Excela Health; Business Alchemist

Sustainable Business: Responsiblity & Results - November 2011

  • Dr. Peter Senge, Author, The Fifth Discipline and The Next Industrial Revolution; Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founder, Society for Organizational Learning
  • Chris Park, Principal of Sustainability, Energy and Environment Practice, Deloitte
  • Zoe Tcholak- Antitch, Director, North America, Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Ted Senko, Global Chief Executive, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, KPMG
  • Jean Sweeney, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety Operations, 3M

Sustainability: The Changing Ground Rules - November 2010

  • Tom Ridge, President and CEO, Ridge Global LLC; former Secretary of Homeland Security; former Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Lawrence McDonald, Author, A Colossal Failure of Common Sense - the Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers; former Vice President of Distressed Debt and Convertible Securities Trading, Lehman Brothers
  • Maura Clark, President, Direct Energy Business
  • Joe Massaro III, President, Massaro Corporation
  • Leslie Davis, President, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
  • Robert Schasel, Director, Energy and Resource Conservation, PepsiCo

Sustainability: The Bridge to the Future - November 2009

  • Andrew Winston, Author, Green Recovery and Green to Gold
  • Andrew Savitz, Author, The Triple Bottom Line
  • Jennifer Sanford, Senior VP, Cisco Systems (winner of Duquesne's 2009 "Green to Gold" award)
  • Klaus Kleinfeld, President and CEO, Alcoa
  • Morgan O'Brien, President and CEO, Duquesne Light Holdings
  • Sr. Patricia Daly, Executive Director, Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
  • Bruce Schlein, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Citibank
  • John Prestbo, Editor and Executive Director, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  • John W. Norris III, Chairman of the Environmental Funders Network, Lennox International Inc.
  • Chris Perraut, Senior Director, Climate Change Strategy, Direct Energy

Sustainable Business: Capitalizing on Opportunities - November 2008

  • Christine Todd Whitman, President, The Whitman Strategy Group; former Governor of New Jersey; former EPA administrator
  • Daniel C. Esty, co-author, Green to Gold; member of Obama transition team
  • Dr. Alan R. Miciak, Dean, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business
  • Greg Babe, President & CEO, Bayer Corporation
  • Todd M. Bluedorn, CEO, Lennox International
  • Joseph C. Guyaux, President, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Diane P. Holder, President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan
  • John T. Buckley, Senior VP and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, BNY Mellon
  • Nate Hurst, Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Susan Baker Shipley, Senior VP & Managing Director, Citizens Bank
  • Dr. Norbert Verweyen, Vice President, RWE (Germany)
  • William R. Blackburn, President, William Blackburn Consulting; Author, The Sustainability Handbook

Sustainable Business: Beyond the Bottom Line - November 2007

  • Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • John P. Surma, Chairman and CEO, United States Steel Corporation
  • Steven D. Lydenberg, Chief Investment Officer, Domini Social Investments
  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
  • Sy Holzer, Regional President, PNC Bank
  • J. Brett Harvey, President and CEO, CONSOL Energy Inc.
  • David S. Shapira, Chairman and President, Giant Eagle
  • Cathy Gregg, Partner, Treasury Strategies Inc.
  • Stephen A. Baffico, Director, U.S. Retail Group, BlackRock
  • Thomas M. Franks, Principal, Emmanuel Capital Management LLC