Sustainability Leadership Pays Off

In January 2007, when Duquesne was recruiting students for our first MBA Sustainability cohort, the cover of what was then BusinessWeek magazine invited readers to “Imagine a world in which eco-friendly and socially responsible practices actually help a company’s bottom line.”

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Less than a decade later, McKinsey describes sustainability as “profits with purpose” and reports that “companies pursue sustainability because it has a material financial impact.” 

  • Companies with high ESG ratings outperform market in the medium and long-term and have lower cost of debt and equity.
  • Companies in Carbon Disclosure and Carbon Performance Leadership Indices have superior stock market returns.
  • Efficient use of resources is an indicator of overall superior financial performance.
  • Socially responsible investment accounted for more than 11% of assets under management in the United States ($3.74 trillion) in 2013.

As MBA students with a focus in sustainability, we are preparing to strengthen the business case for the positive change we want to see in the world!

Source:  “Profits with purpose:  How organizing for sustainability can benefit the bottom line,” McKinsey, 2014

The Positive Change We Want to See in the World

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAL4AAAAJDQ2MTNhMGMxLTE0ZDktNDExMi05YTk1LTg3ODg2NDBlNDNlZADana McTighe’s role as Vice President for CapitalStream Change Management at PNC Bank offers insight to why our MBA Sustainability program is ranked 10th in the world for “preparing graduates to change the world” and “succeed in this shifting business environment.”

Dana joined PNC as a project manager after completing her MBA in 2012 and steadily advanced. Now she heads up large scale enterprise initiatives for daily transaction systems, working with 17 different cross-functional teams. “I am responsible for the Change Management activities associated with approximately 10,000 employees across seven lines of business,” she said.

Dana noted that “the opportunity to manage innovation through multiple client consulting projects as an MBA student was good preparation for leading change” at one of the nation’s largest banks. Prior to graduate school, Dana held a progression of roles with a small financial services firm. As an MBA student, her consulting accomplishments included quantifying Scope III Greenhouse Gases, developing a global crop risk mitigation strategy for Heinz, helping to launch a social entrepreneurship, and conducting field work in Europe and South America on study trips.

A former leader of Duquesne’s Net Impact chapter, Dana remains active as an alumnus. In 2015, she organized and co-hosted an alumni-student sustainability symposium at Duquesne. She also coaches student project and practicum teams, most recently serving as client for a student team that helped PNC’s “Green Team” engage over 50,000 employees in social and environmental priorities.


“The program produces some of the coolest people I have ever met, personally and professionally.” – Dana McTighe, Duquesne MBA Sustainability ’12

UptoUs Duq Team Raises Awareness and Turns Heads

With an unconventional approach to attract attention, using a MoneyMachine to spark people’s interest, Duquesne’s UptoUs competition team held an awareness event at the Union that featured a Money Machine, free food, and prizes! The UptoUs team, which is made up of members from the MBA Sustainability cohort, informed the campus about the over $19 trillion debt the country has right now and brought a ton of attention to the issue. Check out all the photos and reasons why Duquesne students care about our national debt! Also, make sure to come to our other events, including a Trivia Night, during this month which will have even more prizes and fun!

MBA Sustainability Ranked Among Global Top 10 for 2015!

betterbusinessThe recently released “Better World MBA 2015 Ranking” from Corporate Knights adds another top 10 ranking for Duquesne’s one-year full-time MBA emphasizing sustainability. This program has been ranked among the top 25 in the world for seven out eight years since launched in 2007.

The new Better World ranking aims to identify the full-time MBAs that best prepare graduates to change the world and improve the business climate. This year, the competition was intense since 121 schools were evaluated. As shown below, we’re in very nice company near the top of a list of the world’s finest business schools!

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COUNTRY
1 York University – Schulich School of Business Canada
2 McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management Canada
3 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
4 KAIST South Korea
5 University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business Canada
6 Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business United States
7 University of Cambridge – Judge Business School United Kingdom
8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Sloan School of Management United States
9 Harvard University – Harvard Business School United States
10 Duquesne University – Donahue Graduate School of Business United States
11 University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business Canada
12 Concordia University – John Molson School of Business Canada
13 Saint Mary’s University – Sobey School of Business Canada
14 INSEAD France
15 University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business United States
16 Yale University – Yale School of Management United States
17 University of Mannheim – Mannheim Business School Germany
18 University of Bath – School of Management (BAT) United Kingdom
19 University of London – London Business School United Kingdom
20 University of Warwick – Warwick Business School United Kingdom
21 University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business United States
22 Macquarie University – Macquarie Graduate School of Management Australia
23 Manchester University – Manchester Business School United Kingdom
24 Stanford University – Stanford Graduate School of Business United States
25 Paris – HEC School of Management France

2015 Better World MBA Results | Corporate Knights

Check out Rebecca Bykoski Class of ’14

Check out Rebecca Bykoski’s interview with TribLive on the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program she designed! Rebecca is a 2014 graduate of the Duquesne SMBA program and is a current member on the Alumni Board. Prior to returning to school to earn her MBA, she was a junior high special education teacher. This just goes to show that you do not have to stay on the same career path forever! The SMBA program is a great way to help shift your career into a new direction! Follow the link below for more information on Rebecca’s interview!

http://triblive.com/mobile/8755185-96/restaurant-says-sustainable

The Corporate Cup

On Saturday July 18, 2015, a group of students were sponsored by their client to participate in the first annual Huntington Bank Corporate Cup to help raise money for Pelotonia Cancer Research. The group was able to rock some Duke pride with team t-shirts, represent Duquesne, and be sponsored by Tom Nist of Huntington Bank to go toe-to-toe with 9 other corporations to fight for the number one spot. The team was able to work and play along side various ranking managers and employees of these other corporations and Huntington Banks itself. They participated in events such as 5 vs 5 basketball, 6 vs 6 volleyball, Tug-of-War, Cornhole, and even an obstacle course. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to immerse themselves in the community and rub elbows with their client and other young professionals, while working hands-on in their practicum course.  And they even got to have a little fun while doing so!

Duquesne TeamPictured from left to right: Brandon Martin, Sarah Jilbert, Meng Dong, Derek Craig, Katie Greer, and Dave Sexauer

Congratulations are in Order!

Duquesne’s Graduate Net Impact chapter is excited to announce that we have achieved GOLD chapter status this year! Although the statists aren’t out yet for 2015, less than 17% of the over 300 Net Impact chapters were awarded gold status in 2014. In order to achieve this prestigious status, a chapter must host at least ten events (or host eight events with one program) and have two events featuring meaningful collaboration throughout the year.

Some event highlights this year were “Tacobout Debt Day,” the collaboration social with Carnegie Mellon University, and the alumni job search panel. “Tacobout Debt Day” was part of the Net Impact two-cents day competition where our members handed out free tacos to students in order to raise awareness of the national debt. We finished top 20 in the competition and earned a free trip to Florida for one of our team members… who met Bill Clinton!

Another successful event was the social with Carnegie Mellon. Several members from their graduate chapter joined us for happy hour and appetizers to discuss our Net Impact chapters as well as network. It allowed us to form a great chapter connection right down Fifth Avenue! After this event we had another networking opportunity with alumni of the sMBA program. We invited a panel to come out and give us the cliff notes version of job searching. It was extremely helpful and our chapter learned a lot about Boolean searching!

Now that we have had such a wonderful year and accomplished our gold chapter goal we are ready to pass the reins to the sMBA 2016 class! – Sarah Jilbert

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From left to right: Meredith Wingerson, Zach Snyder, Gina Johnson, Vani Hans, Phillip Venanzi, Sarah Jilbert, Caitlin Merritt, Katherine Smith, and Alyssa Haber.