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Frances Moore Lappé to Address MBA Sustainability Graduates

Longtime global food expert Frances Moore Lappé, author of the seminal book Diet for a Small Planet, will deliver the keynote at commencement for Duquesne University’s Master’s of Business Administration Sustainability (SMBA) program.Lappé, whose groundbreaking, award-winning book sold 3 million copies, examined the visionary notion of personal responsibility dovetailing with a greater good about 30 years ago, long before “social responsibility” became a buzz word. She will discuss sustainability and individual responsibility with the 18 new graduates, who have participated in three semester-long projects with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, such as estimating market potential for water treatment systems in developing countries to developing tactics to eliminate plastic water bottles on college campuses.

Most recently, she has authored Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad, which won the Nautilus Gold/Best in Small Press award. She received the 2008 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, among many other recognitions. In 2008, Gourmet Magazine named Lappé among 25 people, including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair and Julia Child, whose work has changed the way America eats. The same year, Diet for a Small Planet was selected as “one of 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World” by members of the Women’s National Book Association.

Co-founder of several organizations, including, most recently, the Small Planet Institute based in Cambridge, Mass., Lappé has authored or co-authored 16 books and has received 17 honorary doctorates.

The yearlong SMBA is a unique, top-ranked, internationally accredited program infuses financial, social and environmental responsibility into the hard-skills classes of more typical MBA degrees.

When: 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 31

Where: Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom, at the corner of Chatham Square and Forbes Avenue, Uptown

**Parking: Media covering the event are asked to contact Public Affairs in advance for parking accommodations.

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