Readers of Monday’s Washington Post Express were treated to feature story on MBA Sustainability programs and quotes by MBAA Board Member and PMBA Representative Eugenia Gregorio. Eugenia’s part is pasted below, but you can see the whole article here.
Of course, the most stereotypical career path for MBA students is in finance, and there are finance jobs for MBAs with a sustainability bent. A new, greener trend is sprouting in the financial field — socially responsible investing. Investment firms such as Fidelity and Vanguard offer special funds that only invest in businesses with environmentally friendly or socially responsible practices.
“[Firms] pay a lot of attention to the environmental and social responsibility issues,” Rivera says. “They need MBAs who know about environmental management to know where to invest.”
Eugenia Gregorio, 33, says she’s discovered her sustainability degree can lead to more jobs than she thought possible.
The part-time student at George Washington University’s School of Business is working toward an MBA with a focus on corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
“The really cool thing is all of the tools that you learn from these classes you can actually carry to any type of job,” she says.
Gregorio should know. She already works full time as the sustainability manager for theTower Companies, an eco-friendly real-estate developer. But she believes this degree will open even more doors.
“It doesn’t have to be a sustainability manager position,” she says. “If you’re in an accounting department or development department or marketing department, all of those departments kind of touch on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.”
The numbers show that plenty of students agree.
At GW, about 15 percent of the more than 1,100 MBA students pursue the environmental management and sustainability concentration, says Liesl Riddle, associate dean for graduate programs in GW’s School of Business.
They’re preparing for a business world in which going green is more valuable than ever before. As Gregorio says, “It just really seems to be a critical element to doing business.”