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Fall 2014

13th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum
Presented by the Net Impact Club

  Friday, October 31 – 8:45 am to 4:00 pm

  McColl Building

The Forum will consist of the following panels:
       - Consulting

       - Corporate Strategy

       - Energy

       - Entrepreneurship

       - Impact Investing

       - Operations & Supply Chain

    Register today at: cisf-unc-2014.eventbrite.com  

    Saving the Planet Through Entrepreneurial Approaches
    Part of UNC Global Entrepreneurship Week

      Tuesday, November 18 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
      Koury Auditorium

    Speakers include  Jason Aramburu (Keynote) founder of re:char, Daniel Blake founder of EcoScraps and Andy Zeman founder of Benjamin Vineyards and Winery.  The panel will be engaged in a conversation about how their innovative entrepreneurial ventures are addressing global agricultural concerns as successful businesses.

    Presented by the Net Impact Club

      Friday, November 21 - 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
      McColl Building

    FoodCon is an exciting, day-long conference that connects organizations with top MBA talent as well as with thought leaders in the food sustainability arena. Learn about industry trends while making valuable connections.  MBA and other graduate students from top-tier universities as well as working professionals are encouraged to attend. Panelists and speakers will include representatives from a range of organizations, from local non-profits and businesses to Fortune 500 companies. And, of course, you!

    Register today at: www.mbafoodcon.com/agenda

    Spring 2015


    The Center for Sustainable Enterprise in conjunction with the Research Triangle Clean Tech Cluster and Strata Solar will be hosting the 2015 NC Clean Tech Summit this February 19 & 20.

    Discussion will include those on clean tech and economic development in NC, The Future of Energy and The Emergence of Smart Cities.

    For more information and to register, visit http://ie.unc.edu/cleantech/index.cfm


    Past Events

    Dean's Speaker - Chuck Swoboda, President of Cree, Inc.  
                                    Monday, September 15, 6:00 pm
                                    Koury Auditorium

    Charles M. (Chuck) Swoboda is president, chairman, and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., where he and Cree are leading the LED lighting revolution to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is an innovator of LED lighting as well as semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications.

    Chuck joined Cree in 1993, and during this time the company has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion. Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide. In 2010, Chuck was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. Cree was also recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies for 2013. To read more about him, please click here to view. 

    Sustainability Research and Practice: Is Servicization a Win-Win Strategy? Profitability and Environmental Implications of Servicization

    Please join us for our first Sustainability Research in Practice with 2014 Core Faculty Champion in Sustainability Award winning Professor, Vinayak Deshpande and Lindsay James (MBA ’03), Vice President of Restorative Enterprise at Interface for a live case discussion moderated by Center for Sustainable Enterprise Director, Professor Carol Hee.

    Tuesday, September 2, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
    Kenan Flagler Business School, McColl 2575 

    National Consortium for Data Science - Late May 2014

    2014 Global Sustainability Symposium - April 2 and 3, 2014

    Sustainable VCIC - Friday, March 28, 2014

    Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate, Energy - March 3-7, 2014

    Clean Tech Summit - February 26, 2014

    Global Entrepreneurship Week - November 18-22, 2013


    People. Planet. Profits.  Building a Better World One Step at a Time -November 19, 2013


    12th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum - November 1, 2013

    UNC Global Sustainability Symposium: "Water and Energy in the Crosshairs" - February 6-8, 2013

    Read a detailed blog post about the symposium.
    View a video of the closing keynote.
    Read an article about the symposium in The Daily Tarheel.

    How Entrepreneurship Can Save Our Planet - November 14, 2012
    UNC Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise, MBA Net Impact Chapter, Undergraduate Net Impact Chapter and Energy Club

    5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Keynote
    Tom Szaky, CEO and Founder of Terracycle, Inc., One of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Ideas in 2010

    6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion

    • Carol Seagle, Director of Research, Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (moderator)
    • Daniel Whittaker, Founder, Green Planet Catering, Triangle Business Journal’s 2011 Green Advocate of the Year
    • Sam Imende, Founder and Managing Partner, ENZI Footwear, Kiva Fellow and 2012 Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance Fellow
    • Luke Fishback, CEO and Founder, PlotWatt, 2011 GE Ecomagination Challenge Award Winner
    • Tom Szaky, Founder, TerraCycle, One of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Ideas in 2010

    11th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum
    October 5, 8:45 to 3:30, McColl Building
    Net Impact's biggest event is back. The day will consist of 3 sets of career focused panel discussions. From sustainability consultants and urban planners to energy portfolio managers and corporate environmental strategists, these panels showcase professionals who are working at the intersection of business and sustainability. A luncheon will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with panelists.
    Panels include: Consulting, Corporate Strategy, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Project Finance, and Real Estate . Please RSVP online.

    Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) Welcome
    Net Impact Clubs Kickoff
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 5:00-6:30pm
    McColl 2575

    CSE and Net Impact welcome Miranda Ballentine, Director of Sustainability, WalMart as she discusses Building a Career in Sustainability

    UNC Kenan-Flagler Green Week Keynote
    March 27, 2012, 12:30-1:30pm
    UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, McColl 2250
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    The Future of Sustainability: A Perspective from Walmart

    Walmart’s Director of Sustainability, Miranda A. A. Ballentine, discusses Walmart’s productivity loop: Operate for Less, Buy for Less, Sell for Less, Grow Sales.

    Wednesday, March 28, on Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University 

    Discussion 6:00 to 7:00; optional campus tours 4:30 to 5:30. No charge for this invitation-only event, but registration is required.

    This event is sponsored by: North Carolina State UniversityDuke University | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Hear retail giant Walmart’s thinking on how sustainability will unfold in the next five years. For a supplier, what’s the dividend in sustainability? Ms. Ballentine will provide Walmart’s global perspective. Hear Walmart’s latest thinking on product life cycles. And finally, hear about the productivity loop of Operate for Less, Buy for Less, Sell for Less, Grow Sales.

    Tours of NC State’s Centennial Campus include the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center; TexLabs in the College of Textiles; and BTEC, the world’s most advanced biomanufacturing training facility. 

    John Thompson, The Environmental Entrepreneur

    CSE and Net Impact welcome John Thompson, author of The Environmental Entrepreneur and Knight Journalism Fellow.
    February 29, 12:45-1:45pm
    UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, McColl room 2575
    Lunch provided to those who RSVP to .

    CSE Managing Sponsor of Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies

    A forum for both local and global experts to explore key issues related to food studies in an inter-disciplinary academic and community gathering jointly being held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. 

    Shared Tables

    February 28, 2012 Global Food StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
    Daytime location (8:30-4:00pm) UNC Institute of the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall
    Evening reception (5:30-8:30pm) at UNC Fed Ex Global Education Center featuring keynote speaker“Can Industrial Agriculture Feed the World?”, Tom Philpott, Mother Jones; co-founder, Maverick Farms



    February 29, 2012: Local and National Food Studies:  Duke University

    Daytime location (8:00am-4:00pm) Von Cannon Room, Bryan Center
    Evening location:  (7:00-9:00pm) Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Closing keynote:  Will Allen, Growing Power

    Click here for more details, to see the list of impressive partners and to register. 

     Val Smith

    A Conversation with Val Smith (MBA 2002), Director of Sustainability at Citi: Why Innovative Banks Care about Sustainability

    November 15, 2011, 5:30pm, Koury Auditorium 

    Moderated by Albert H. Segars, Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, RBC Bank Distinguished Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and in conjunction with UNC's Sustainability Day. 

    Val and Al will hold a lively discussion on Citi’s best practices in sustainability.  They will cover topics like Citi’s incorporation of green building practices, their participation in the development of the Equator Principles Initiative, and their recent recognition as the top U.S. bank in the 2011 Newsweek Green Rankings. 

    Careers in Sustainable Enterprise Forum

    November 18, all day
    Location: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

    A day-long event organized by the UNC Net Impact Club that gives students information about different career paths, functions, and industries in the field of sustainable enterprise featuring CSE's own

    Katie Kross, author Profession and Purpose, McColl 2500

    Sustainable Enterprise Enrichment Concentration Overview

    August 2, 12:15-1:45 pm

    In the class of 2011, 25% of MBA graduates completed the concentration in sustainable enterprise. Come learn about how the sustainable enterprise enrichment concentration can enhance your Kenan-Flagler experience.

    MBA Orientation Speaker - Adam Lowry, Co-founder of Method Products

    August 3, 10:30 - noon
    Location: Great Hall in Student Union

    Adam Lowry’s innovative set of formulas and “cocktail approach” have transformed the chore of housecleaning into a safe, easy and more satisfying experience. First year MBA students will have an opportunity to learn more about the “Method Method” and Adam’s strategies for sustainable success.

    The Center for Sustainable Enterprise presents Defying Sweatshops: Can It Be Good Business?

    A conversation with Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights Apparel and Professor Kellie McElhaney, Margo N. Alexander Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility and Co-Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

    Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:00pm, Koury Auditorium

    CSE Leaders in Sustainability: Unmesh Brahme & Jay Swaminathan
    November 11, 2010
    5:30-6:30 p.m. Koury Auditorium
    UNC's Kenan Flagler Business School
    Reception to follow

    A conversation between Unmesh Brahme, Yale University World Fellow, Former Senior Vice President of Sustainability at HSBC India & Jay Swaminathan, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Glaxo Distinguished Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management (OTIM), UNC Kenan-Flagler.

    Net Impact "Careers in Sustainability Forum"
    November 19, 2010
    Kenan-Flagler Business School

    The Net Impact Club of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is proud to host its Ninth Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum on Friday, November 19. Business professionals in various sustainability fields will share their experiences. Attendance is free!

    MBA Net Impact Chapter Kickoff Meeting
    September 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
    Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School

    Come to the MBA Net Impact kickoff meeting to learn more about what the club has planned for the fall and beyond.

    CSE Presents the Global Innovations in Energy Conference
    How Business is Addressing Climate Change

    April 10 and 11, 2010
    UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

    5th Annual Social Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC)
    Hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Net Impact Club

    Date & Time: March 19-20, 2010
    Location: UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

    Building on last year’s successful event, in which eight top-notch MBA schools fielded teams (including NYU, the 2009 winner), we aim to broaden the SVCIC education this year.  In addition to negotiations with real entrepreneurs and feedback from experienced VC judges, the SVCIC team plans on providing more education to participants prior to the weekend of the competition.

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