Weatherhead School of Management MBA students teamed up with local companies to learn more about real-world sustainability practices.
Local business leaders and MBA students participated in interactive workshops throughout the fall semester hosted by organizational behavior professors and the Fowler Center with speakers dedicated to creating a more sustainable world. Participating companies included Lubrizol, Eaton, BrownFlynn, Vitamix and more.
Once the workshop’s speaker concluded, students met with leaders from regional businesses to discuss their business-for-good innovations and sustainable practices.
“Overall, the workshop was a great way to connect the business community with current students and engage in constructive dialogue around key megatrends and how business can be a force to create and enable positive change,” Jonathon Newton, Senior Manager and Global Lead, Supply Chain Sustainability at Eaton Corporation, said.
Professionals connected with the next generation of business leaders interested in sustainable business management, while the workshop also allowed for a unique immersion experience for students.
"Our conversation with Chris from BrownFlynn was a really positive experience,” said Mike Lyndall, Weatherhead MBA student. “Chris was very open and informative when we asked him about their culture in particular. Interviewing him was like having an insider's conversation about the company without having worked there."
Raj Sisodia, an international speaker, award-winning author and the co-founder of Conscious Capitalism opened the final session. Sisodia, who is also a member of the Fowler Center’s Advisory Board, spoke on how businesses will thrive if and when they put people first and lead for a higher purpose with conscious leadership, culture and management.
“The AIM2Flourish workshop with the Fowler Center was an invigorating mix of hearing from a renowned external subject matter expert speaker, followed by meaningful dialogue with a team of MBA students truly interested in understanding and helping to convey how companies like ours are fostering positive business innovations that are both financially sound and contributing towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said Newton.
Following the interviews, students were asked to write a mini-case study based on their conversation with the business. These stories were submitted to AIM2Flourish, a Fowler Center initiative designed to tell important stories of how businesses in Northeast Ohio and around the world are using innovation to make a positive impact on society and the environment and aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).
Learn more about the Fowler Center’s mission and vision of creating a world where businesses can excel, human beings can flourish and nature can thrive.