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Sustainability Expert to Speak at Duquesne MBA Commencement

Sustainability expert Bob Willard will speak at the commencement ceremony for Duquesne University’s third graduating class of the Donahue Graduate School of Business MBA Sustainability program.

After 34 years with IBM, Willard launched his second career explaining how implementing sustainable practices reduces risk and controls costs. The business logic of sustainability makes it acceptable to chief executives and managers, and making that logic understood is central to Willard’s thinking and his three books: The Sustainability AdvantageThe Next Sustainability Wave and The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook.

The business logic of sustainability has been fundamental in the creation and success of the MBA Sustainability degree program. The accelerated curriculum, focusing on managing financial, social and environmental resources, is ranked in the top 20 of Aspen Institute’sGlobal 100 for integrating sustainability into graduate business course work.

Dr. Alan Miciak, dean of the School of Business, points to several other indicators that prove the MBA Sustainability program’s aptness and timeliness. Among them are the number of students (up from 15 in the first class to 34 this year) and the increasing quality of the students, as indicated by academic transcripts and standardized test scores.

In addition, Miciak said the program attracts applicants from outside the region. Most importantly, employers from outside the region—including IBM, Boeing, Rayovac and Seventh Generation—have hired program graduates. Graduates have also found positions with a wide range of regional employers, including Bayer, Westinghouse, Bank of New York Mellon and the Green Building Alliance, among many others.

When: Friday, July 30, at 2 p.m.

Where: Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom

Information: The commencement ceremony is free and open to the public.

More information on the program is available at http://mba.sustainability.duq.edu.

Duquesne University

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