UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Sustainability Leadership Capstone

Course Description

Designed for a select group of second-year MBA students, the Sustainability Leadership Capstone (formerly the Sustainability Immersion) challenges participants to integrate the entire MBA experience through a sustainability lens. By getting out of the classroom and into real-world engagements with depth and extended reflection, students are immersed in strategies for how to use business as an engine for global social and environmental change.

Quick Facts

  • Mod IV, second-year MBA students
  • 6 credit hours, no other courses taken
  • Competitive application process
  • $2500 course fee, student loan eligible
  • 3 days in Eastern North Carolina
  • 2 weeks in Eastern Africa
  • Real world; real problems; real impact

Sample Engagements

  • Selam Children’s Village - Income Generation Opportunities Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Cherokee Gives Back – Analysis of community development earned income strategy in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Bertie County, NC Economic Development Strategic Plan
  • Eastern NC Broadband Expansion
  • Analysis of the impact of expanding health care to include dental services in Eastern North Carolina
  • Hulegeb (training and employment for deaf, blind and disabled people) - Strategic Marketing plan in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia

Leadership Team

Lisa Jones Christensen, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Didow, Associate Professor of Marketing
Christopher Wedding, Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Tracy Triggs-Matthews, Assistant Director, CSE

Learn More

In the UNC Kenan-Flagler Sustainability Blog, read an interview with Professor Lisa Jones Christensen about the creation of the course and student reflections on past years of the Sustainability Leadership Capstone:

For questions contact Tracy Triggs-Matthews
or 919.962.1499