Student Spotlight – Meredith Wingerson

Before RSC_1248 (1)Duquesne: I graduated from Limestone College, in South Carolina, with a Business degree and majors in management and marketing. Then have worked in retail management for the last three years.

Why Duquesne: I was looking for a Green MBA program and Duquesne had one of the best. This program also offered the opportunity to work hands on with several companies, which was a huge draw for me.

Beyond Duquesne: I would like to work for a non-profit and would love to work in the area of conservation.

Interesting Fact About You: I played soccer in college.


Student Spotlight – Ronna Peacock Pratt

BeforeRonna Photo Duquesne: Prior to Duquesne I obtained my bachelors degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology, Italian minor, and global studies certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, I took over as manager of operations and catering at Food for Thought New York Style Deli and Custom Catering, where I worked for three years before applying for my MBA.

Why Duquesne: The sustainability concentration offered at the Duquesne business school is what first attracted me to the program. The program was appealing because I can complete it in only one year.

Beyond Duquesne: My interests lie in sustainable urban redevelopment.

Interesting Fact: I currently operate a small home cupcake business called Little Cakes (


Student Spotlight – Jacob Bethem

Before ohiopyle6Duquesne: I have a BS in biology from the University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg, a BA in philosophy and MSM in Lean Management from St. Vincent College and an MA in philosophy from the University of Tennessee. I have taught philosophy at the University of Tennessee, the Art Institute, Westmoreland County Community College and the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg.

Why Duquesne: I chose Duquesne because of the program’s focus on ethics. Also, I wanted the opportunity to study environmental sustainability with Dr. Robert Sroufe.

Beyond Duquesne: After graduation I would like to work in consulting, a think tank or maybe run for office one day. I would also like to be able to one day live off the grid.

Interesting fact about you: I like to boulder from time to time

Student Spotlight – Sarah Jilbert

Before DJilbert picuquesne:  I came to Duquesne directly from my undergrad, Ohio Wesleyan University, where I majored in Economics Management and Environmental Studies. Before the program I had several internships focused in the non-profit sector. I’m originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Why Duquesne:I looked only at MBA programs focused on sustainability. The program doesn’t just cover environmental sustainability, but develops understandings of social, financial, and community sustainability as well. I chose Duquesne’s program because it is so well ranked, provides international experience, and integrates real client projects into the curriculum.

Beyond Duquesne: TBD… but something awesome!

Interesting Fact: I’ve been a figure skater since the age of three. ​

Student Spotlight: Derick Florian

1395183_696689442043_1255847136_nBefore Duquesne: Derick, a Pittsburgh native, attended The Ohio State University where he majored in Mandarin Chinese and minored in Business.

Why Duquesne: “I chose this MBA program for the ability to participate in the live consulting projects”. This year Derick had the opportunity to complete consulting projects with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Braskem, and B Corps. Duquesne gave him the opportunity to compete in various case competitions including the Aspen Business & Society International Case Competition and the ACG Cup. Derick was part of the team that placed 2nd place in the Aspen business & Society International MBA Competition.

Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, Derick is excited to pursue a management role in a supply chain. In the future, Derick is interested in opportunities in China since he enjoys the Chinese language and culture.

Student Spotlight: Ethan Dorsey

ethandorseyBefore Duquesne:  Ethan actually attended Duquesne for his undergraduate work, and he was able to achieve a degree in economics while playing football here on the bluff.  His work experience includes a mostly carpentry work, and he spent the past summer working for Aflac. 

Why Duquesne: First off, continuing his education with Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability has allowed Ethan to play football through his last year of eligibility.  Ethan shares that he choose the program since sustainability is imperative to the long-term success of any firm.

Beyond Duquesne: After the program, Ethan plans to jumpstart his career in a field and industry that he feels passionate about.

Student Spotlight- Matthew Petronko

Background: Matthew grew up in Latrobe, Pa where he participated in the jazz ensemble, technical theater, played soccer, and developed a love of business. While living on the west coast, he achieved national certification as a massage therapist and went on to practice, teach and consult. Dedicated to constant improvement, Matthew earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University.

Contributions to the Cohort: This year he was fortunate enough to be invited to work at the Small Business Development Center’s Green Center. There he is developing the Green Marketing Guide and delivering it to the public through the Green Building Alliance. He assisted with production of the Entrepreneur Growth Conference. He attends green team meetings and supports other projects when appropriate.

Career Interests/Goals: After graduation, he hopes to find a sustainability, consulting, or entrepreneurship oriented position with a Pittsburgh based company.