Student Spotlight: Laura Monahan


Before Duquesne: Laura, originally from Los Angeles, California, started working for Apple in 2007 and moved up to a technician (“Genius”) within the year. After moving to Pittsburgh, she helped open the Ross Park store and worked there for a little under a year before leaving to finish her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Chatham University. Over the last few years, she worked as a chemistry tutor, residential landscaper, and most recently as environmental sustainability intern at BNY Mellon.

Why Duquesne: “I knew I wanted to come to Pittsburgh when I started reading about all of the exciting sustainability programs and organizations headquartered in the city. I was intrigued by Duquesne’s MBA program with a concentration in sustainability because I am prone to asking the questions “why” and “how.” I found that my undergraduate degree in environmental science allowed me to pursue the question of why sustainability is important, but the MBA Sustainability program has been essential to becoming equipped to start answering the question of how we move forward.”

After Duquesne: Laura is interested in sustainability reporting and consulting, which she is well-poised for due to project courses and various case competitions. One of her teams even placed second in a world case competition, Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World, held during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.



Duquesne team places 2nd at international case competition

Four of my classmates —  Alison Etheridge, Jana DiSani, Laura Monahan, and Stephen Sumpter — had the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2014.

The team placed second in the “Business for a Better World” case competition. The MBA competition kicked off in October when 28 teams from around the world submitted solutions for Suncor, an energy company, to improve environmental, social, governance and financial performance.  To advance to the final round, our team then prepared a 25-page paper in just 17 days!  Duquesne was one of three finalist teams to earn an expense-paid trip to Switzerland to deliver a 10-minute presentation before judges, including the global managing director of McKinsey, the corporate sustainability leader of Ernst & Young and the managing director of the World Economic Forum.

Participating in a case competition is one of many extracurricular activities available to all students in the MBA Sustainability program.

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