Pat Daniel, Chair and Academic Advisor: Managing for Sustainability MBA
- Work: Pat Daniel Group and Engaging Peace
- Education: B.A., Behavioral Sciences, Rice University; M.A. and Ph.D., Psychology, Boston University; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Psychology, Brown University
- Classes: People & Teams; and Caring for the Human Organization
- Pat Daniel’s blog and LinkedIn profile
Dr. Pat Daniel works as a consultant and trainer, supporting corporations and non-profits on organization development, executive coaching, human resource development, strategic planning, communications, and sustainability. She also provides career and life coaching services for individuals.
Prior to her independent practice, Pat served as the associate director of Ceres, a national network of investors and environmental groups working with corporations to address sustainability challenges. She interfaced with Ceres companies, investors and stakeholder groups, and directed the annual Ceres Conference. She played a key role in the development and launch of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and represented Ceres at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. As the chief operating officer, Dr. Daniel managed operations, human resources, board relations, and strategic planning during a period when the organization more than doubled in size.
Before joining Ceres, Pat spent 11 years at Polaroid Corporation, where she served as worldwide training manager for Total Quality Management and corporate ethics and compliance. She led a re-engineering effort to enhance and streamline design for the environment and product stewardship, and managed the company’s environmental training. As an internal consultant and coach, she advised executives and employees on organizational and team development.
As a certified professional level Kripalu yoga teacher, Pat has taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in yoga and the natural world, and has written about outdoor meditation for Yoga Journal. She was the founding editor of the Green Yoga Association newsletter.
- Work: GE Citizenship Website and Report, Interactive CSR Media Consultant
- Education: B.A. English, Wesleyan University; M.A. English, The University of Vermont; Master of Letters, English, Bread Loaf School of English
- Classes: Stakeholder-based Communications, Persuasion and Negotiation
- Follow Bill Baue on twitter
Bill Baue has advanced sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) through communication for more than a decade. He’s currently consulting with Addison as Interactive CSR Media Strategist for the GE Citizenship Website and Report; serving as a Senior Research Fellow at AccountAbility, a UK-based corporate sustainability and responsibility standards organization; and teaching communications in the Marlboro MBA in Managing for Sustainability in Vermont. Recently, he worked with Bob Massie managing The Transition Group, a sustainability consultancy, and edited its blog, The Murninghan Post.
Bill co-founded Sea Change Media and served as its executive director, as well as executive producer/host of Sea Change Radio, a nationally syndicated show and podcast with a global audience. As a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, he co-wrote The Accountability Web, a report on the intersection of Web 2.0 and corporate accountability that is being republished in two parts in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship. He’s presented the findings for the Global Reporting Initiative, Ceres, Issue Management Council, and Addison.
Bill has produced and presented multimedia content for organizations across the sustainability ecosystem: United Nations, Worldwatch Institute, Ceres, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Investor Environmental Health Network, The Economist, Audubon and Audubon Magazine, SocialFunds, CSRwire, 3BL Media, and Wal-Mart's inaugural Sustainability Report.
Bill lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife Jiyanna and daughters Clara, Emma, and Aoife.
- Work: Consultant, Entrepreneur, Civic Activist
- Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University; M.B.A., Adelphi University
- Classes: Operations, Logistics, and Supply Chaining: Industrial Ecosystems in Transition; Finance II: Corporate Finance and Sustainable Capital Management; Finance I
- Peter Crowell's blog
- Peter Crowell's website
Peter Crowell is the founder of Context 360, Inc. Prior to founding the company Peter held senior positions in various Fortune 500 companies. He was the Senior Vice President of Technology for the McGraw-Hill media companies, the CIO of CBS, Inc., the President of Chase Access Services, a Chase Manhattan Bank, NA subsidiary, the Technology Architect for Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, and a Partner in CSC Consulting. He started his career as a computer programmer and moved into his first CIO position in 1976. In 1998, after working on Web strategies at McGraw-Hill and CBS, he moved completely into the Web world when he founded and ran an Internet Systems Integration firm, Spider Partners, LLC. During that time he also acted as the President of an Internet community building company, UniverseONE, Inc.
An aggressive adopter of new technology to drive business results, Peter’s work is currently working as a consultant focused on leading corporate performance transformations by applying his broad experience. He typically does this utilizing the roles of strategist, mentor, coach, teacher, advisor, program designer and implementer. He has held Chairman and President positions for the New York Chapter of the International Society for Information Management. He has taught courses in Information Technology Management, Business Strategy, Information Technology Strategy, eCommerce, Corporate Finance, and Process Reengineering in the MBA programs at Fordham University in New York City, Stevens Institute in New Jersey, and Metropolitan College in New York City.
- Work: Kelliher Samets Volk, Partner and Director of Strategy
- Education: B.A., Marlboro College; MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College
- Classes: Needs and Wants in a Sustainable Society; and Personal Leadership Development
- Watch Cheryl Eaton's "Wild Genius" TED talk video
Cheryl is a Partner and the Director of Strategy at Kelliher Samets Volk, a marketing firm with offices in Burlington, Boston, and New York. Cheryl has been building sharp marketing, branding and communications strategies and efforts for organizations for more than a decade. She particularly enjoys leveraging brand strategy to inspire business innovation inside organizations, and unleashing the "genius" inside of people and teams. She has helped do this for clients like New Balance, Seventh Generation, Efficiency Vermont, National Grid, and Time Warner. A member of Marlboro College's pioneer cohort graduating with an MBA in Sustainable Business, Cheryl is particularly inspired by microfinance, systems thinking, how gender relates to issues of sustainability, and tapping into all of our many dimensions as humans to unleash innovative solutions.
John Ehrenfeld (Faculty Emeritus)
- Work: Author of Sustainability By Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture (2008)
- Education: B. S. and Sc. D.,Chemical Engineering, MIT
- John Ehrenfeld's blog
Dr. Ehrenfeld maintains a website and blog devoted to the subject of sustainability. In June 2009 he stepped down as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, after guiding its development since it was founded in 2000. He retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy program. Prior to joining the team at Marlboro, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In October 1999, the World Resources Institute honored him with a lifetime achievement award for his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment. He received the Founders Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management's Organization and Natural Environment Division in August 2000. He spent part of the 1998-1999 academic year at the Technical University of Lisbon as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and was Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Delft during the 2000-2001 academic year. He serves on several boards. He is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is author or co-author of over 200 papers, books, reports, and other publications.
- Work: New Hampshire Housing, Director of Public Affairs
- Education: B.A. Colgate University; M.A. Syracuse University; J.D. Cornell Law School
- Classes: Law, Formal Regulation, and Civil Governance
Ben Frost is the Director of Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, where he coordinates federal and state legislative initiatives and provides direct technical assistance to municipalities to help them develop regulations promoting affordable housing and sustainable development. He frequently lectures on issues of affordable and workforce housing, planning and zoning law, and ethics. Ben has over 25 years of experience as a land use planner, and over 15 years as an attorney, practicing primarily municipal law. He has worked as a Senior Planner with the NH Office of Energy and Planning, the Executive Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, and as a planner and administrator in local and regional government in New Hampshire and elsewhere in the Northeast. He has taught Geography at Keene State College and Business Law at Southern NH University.
Ben is a member of the Governing Council of Housing Action NH, a low-income housing advocacy organization. He is a board member of the NH Sustainable Energy Association and he represents New Hampshire Housing on the NH Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board. Ben serves on the Executive Committees of the NH Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and of the legislative committees of the American Planning Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association.
Cary Hauptman Gaunt
- Work: Freelance sustainability consultant, currently facilitating/coordinating the Higher Education Working Group of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission
- Education: B.A., Art History with Environmental Studies Concentration, Williams College; M.A., Geography, University of Maryland; Ph.D., Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England; Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in contemplative approaches to sustainability, Naropa University
- Classes: Exploring Sustainability
Dr. Cary Gaunt focuses her leadership, management, and academic lens on supporting the cultivation of sustainable and thriving people and places. For more than 22 years she led sustainability and watershed management initiatives as a consultant to governmental and non-governmental organizations under the auspices of JRB Associates/Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). She built an award-winning team known for developing integrative and innovative solutions to complex environmental/sustainability management challenges. This team, with Cary’s leadership, accomplished leading-edge tasks around the country including preparing one of the nation’s first comprehensive watershed planning guides, facilitating development of Nutrient Trading Guidelines for the Chesapeake Bay, and researching and writing Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place, which was selected by the American Library Association as "Notable Government Document in 2003.” For these and other efforts, Cary was awarded the prestigious Environmental Excellence Award for Project Management by SAIC.
Cary’s government sustainability and watershed consulting work remains core for her even as she broadens her leadership and technical expertise to other arenas such as higher education, where she is currently facilitating the Higher Education Working Group of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission. This esteemed group of Boston’s leading higher education institutions is charged with developing collaborative approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding sustainability initiatives, and implementing leading edge strategies to address climate adaptation and resilience planning.
Cary has a particular interest in the life journeys, qualities, and practices of successful sustainability leaders who really walk their green talk. Through her extensive consulting career, Cary came to understand firsthand the potentials and limitations of conventional responses to environmental degradation and unsustainable conditions. Many of these stemmed from a lack of effective leadership at personal and organizational levels. She left her management role at SAIC in early 2000 and switched to a consulting status so she could pursue her Ph.D. and focus on the leadership and human behavior dimensions of sustainability.
Cary tries to practice what she researches and teaches. She engages in many nature-based contemplative practices; volunteers as a wilderness rites of passage guide, outdoor educator, meditation facilitator; and supports community environmental committees and local interfaith ecological efforts. Cary supplements her academic sustainability and leadership training with nature-based approaches and has trained as a guide/group facilitator with the Animas Valley Institute, School of Lost Borders, Contemplative Outreach, and CDR (Collaborative Decision Resources) Associates. She inhabits the eastern foothills of Southern Vermont’s Green Mountains where she is slowly renovating an older house to be a carbon-neutral and net-zero energy home.
- Work: J.M. O’Brien and Company, P.C., Senior Accounting and Auditing Specialist
- Education: B.A. George Mason University; M.A. SUNY at Stony Brook; concentration in Accounting, University of Massaschusetts Isenberg School Of Management
- Classes: Finance I: Managerial Accounting for Sustainable Business
Dorian Gregory, CPA, has worked in public accounting since 1996; she was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and is currently working with a small firm in Springfield, MA. She has served a broad base of clients, from privately-held to publicly-traded and non-profit companies. She has worked with industries as diverse as education, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. Other areas of expertise include governmental accounting, internal control reviews and audit quality assurance.
A lifelong martial artist, Ms. Gregory also owns and operates a Taijiquan and Qigong Studio. She also currently serves as a board member of River Valley Market, Inc., a community-owned co-operative grocer in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Ms. Gregory is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
- Work: Global Round Table Leadership
- MBA Faculty Partner: Community Builder
Lori Hanau grew up in New England in an entrepreneurial family that taught her the value of self-reflection, wellness, and caring in fostering wise leadership and healthy, collaborative relationships and environments. She draws on these essential qualities in her work as advisor, facilitator and community builder.
Lori’s early career in business, including presidency of a manufacturing company, offered opportunities to observe and engage in diverse leadership styles and organizational systems. During this time, she began to differentiate between the qualities that support vibrant, sustainable organizations and social ecosystems, and those that lead to dysfunction. In a break from the corporate world, Lori pursued these qualities through an exploration of the service sectors of society, including health, science, philanthropy, spirituality and mission-driven business. Here, she found herself among innovators who were working for all aspects of whole systems change.
In 2002, Lori founded Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL) whose mission is to steward the emergence of a thriving, resilient world through the strengthening of the positive, essential qualities of our humanity. GRTL envisions a world in which individuals and communities come together through the best of our collective humanity for the good of the whole. To this end, GRTL engages people across all sectors in leadership development through the lens of whole systems and in building flourishing relationships with the self, one another and the systems of which we are a part.
Lori is the co-founder of the Mindfulness Practice Center in Keene, NH and acts as Community Builder and faculty member for Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies’ MBA program “Managing for Sustainability.” She is also honored to serve on the Advisory Boards for the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance and Peace Day Live, and on the Board of Directors of the Social Venture Network.
- Work: Venture Founders LLC
- Classes: Sustainable Business Strategies; Entrepreneurship
- Will Keyser's Blog
Will Keyser is a veteran entrepreneur and business startup counselor, as well as a writer and blogger on entrepreneurship. After a career in public relations and advertising he became a management consultant with a major French-based consulting firm, working in the socio-economic field--particularly in public enterprise and employment policy. He later established his own firm and ran it for 11 years before selling it to its 30 staff members for a nominal sum. The company specialized in employment and HR strategy, as well as management development and training. He worked with clients in banking, finance, oil and power generation and distribution, electronics, engineering and food manufacturing.
His recent US startup clients have included a green fashion retailing chain in the Southeast, an online fitness business, a Texas-based group of green cemeteries, a low-tech communication company for the speech impaired and a number of one-person enterprises. His website is a wealth of free material on sustainable startup strategies. With a partner, he is involved (as President) with a startup in the field of health and wellness.
Will has also been a UK government adviser in economic development, on the board of a regional venture capital company, a management association president, and a council member of an employers' federation. He is currently on the board of the Brattleboro Food Coop (a $16m, 2-store grocery business) and is a panel member at the Brattleboro Community Justice Center. He is the author of several books on public enterprise in Europe. Will brings an international perspective having lived and worked in the UK, US and France. He attended the University of Westminster and the London College of Communication in UK, as well as the Universities of Besançon and Lille in France. As a teenager he went to Outward Bound Mountain School and as a 69 year-old went on Outward Bound again, sailing off the coast of Maine. He served as an officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps during military service.
- Work: Founder and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Organizations
- Education: B.A., Philosophy, University of Delaware; Ph.D., Economics and Business, University of Groningen
- Classes: Foundations of Sustainability in Business
- Mark McElroy’s LinkedIn profile
Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D. is an accomplished innovator, consultant, award-winning author and educator in the theory and practice of corporate sustainability management. He is particularly well-known for his ideas of tools, methods and metrics for measuring, managing and reporting the sustainability performance of organizations. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations in Thetford Center, VT, and is arguably the world’s leading developer, practitioner and advocate of context-based sustainability (CBS). CBS is an approach to sustainability management in which performance is tied to specific norms, standards or thresholds for what human impacts in the world must be, in order to be socially, economically or environmentally sustainable. It is unique in the field and is fully described in Dr. McElroy’s recent book, Corporate Sustainability Management – The Art and Science of Managing Non-Financial Performance.
Among Dr. McElroy’s other important accomplishments is his development of the Social Footprint Method, an innovative system for measuring the social sustainability performance of organizations. The Social Footprint Method is the world’s first context-based approach for assessing the social sustainability of an organization. When coupled with context-based environmental methods, the Social Footprint Method makes it possible to fully operationalize the so-called triple bottom line in unprecedented ways.
Dr. McElroy is a 35-year veteran of management consulting, having spent much of that time at Price Waterhouse, KPMG Peat Marwick – where he was a managing partner – and IBM Consulting. More recently, Dr. McElroy led Deloitte Consulting’s Center for Sustainability Performance in Boston, a think-tank he created that was dedicated to the study of sustainability measurement and reporting.
- Work: Inner Connections
- Education: B.A., Holistic Studies, Vermont College
- MBA Faculty Partner: Community Builder
Jeffrey Saari has been a life coach at Inner Connections since October 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Holistic Studies from Vermont College in January of 2005 where his main focus was modern spiritual philosophy and meditation. After school he took a year off to pursue music performance. Then, while searching for a way to bring his interests of psychology and spirituality together Jeff found life coaching, and at the end of 2005 he enrolled at the Coach Training Alliance, a life coaching school where he obtained his degree in June of 2006. Jeff then started his own company, called Visionary Coaching, which led him to dialogues with Chris Cotton. Chris’s work with young adults and families inspired Jeff so much that he agreed to become part of the Inner Connections mission and family. Jeff’s training in and love of meditation continually supports his development of one of the most crucial aspects of coaching: deep listening. He enjoys drumming, reading, and sports of all kinds. He lives in Keene, NH with his wife Melissa and daughter Sophie.
- Work: Associate Professor at Vermont Law School
- Education: A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University; J.D., Stanford University, where she was a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review
- Class: Social and Environmental Enterprises
Elizabeth Schmidt teaches Nonprofit Law and Property at Vermont Law School, and runs a reading group on Social Enterprise Law there. Previously, she taught Nonprofit Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Employment Discrimination, Legal Writing, and Legal Skills at the College of William and Mary.
In addition to being a law professor, Professor Schmidt has been a corporate litigator, legal counsel for GuideStar, a manager of educational outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, and a management consultant for nonprofit organizations. At both Colonial Williamsburg and GuideStar, she developed mission-related and revenue-producing programs. As a management consultant, she wrote strategic plans, helped organizations improve governance, guided organizations through transitions, and led seminars on legal and managerial issues facing nonprofits. She also authored several community assessments and helped communities determine how best to meet their goals.
Professor Schmidt has authored articles related to nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as a casebook on nonprofit law, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization. She has also written about the emerging area of social enterprise.
- Work: Owner, Entera Artisanal Catering; Co-owner, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza; Vermont State Representative
- Education: B.A., Wesleyan University; A.O.S., New England Culinary Institute; MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College
- Classes: Introduction to Systems Thinking
Tristan has worked in the food-service industry for almost 20 years. For 10 years he was the managing partner and chef of Riverview Cafe, where he employed and supervised more than 400 employees. Prior to that, he trained almost 100 cooks, as he worked his way up the professional ladder to chef. When the Riverview Cafe closed, Tristan started two new catering companies, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, and Entera Artisanal Catering.
From his work as a manager and trainer, Tristan developed a strong interest in human organizational challenges. For many years he has been an active volunteer for many local and state organizations, including the Vermont Fresh Network, Landmark Trust, the Healthy Communities Coalition and the Brattleboro Area Chamber. Tristan’s Capstone project was on school food systems and a vision for change in local schools.
Tristan’s philosophical commitment to relationship-driven business and community systems is anchored by a willingness to serve. In January 2013, he will begin a term in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Brattleboro’s 3rd District. He hopes to use his MBA training to advance sustainable social change throughout Vermont.
Tristan lives in Brattleboro with his wife, Susie, and their two son, Owen and Malcolm.
- Work: Institute for Energy and the Environment
- Education: B.A., Bryn Mawr College; J.D. Widener University School of Law; LLM Candidate, Vermont Law School
- Classes: Law, Formal Regulation, and Civil Governance
Marianne Tyrrell is a Global Energy Fellow in the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE). Before joining the IEE, Marianne worked as a consultant serving such clients as the British Consulate General, Boston, working on a transportation efficiency innovation project; ICF International, serving as a project manager to U.S. EPA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance projects; and the Center for Climate Strategies, managing projects and facilitating stakeholder-based state climate action planning processes. Since 2004, Marianne has served as a Vice Chair for the American Bar Association Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems.
Marianne served a judicial clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review at Widener University School of Law. top
- Work: Department of Economics- University of Massachusetts
- Education: B.A., Albion College; graduate studies, University of Massachusetts
- Classes: Economics I: Managerial Economics; Economics II: Macroeconomics and Political Economy
Valerie Voorheis is a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Department of Economics and a Visiting Professor at Marlboro College. Val has also held positions at the School for International Training, the Labor Studies Masters Program at UMass, as well as other undergraduate institutions. Her research interests includes household production, gender, labor and discrimination. She has recently been focused on the history of industrial organization and comparative industrial policy. Val lives in Franklin County with her two young daughters and her partner.