Penn State Alumni Sustainability speaker series. World Environment Center.

Virtual Conversations

In April we launched the first in a unique series of conversations with individuals working in various parts of the sustainable business and impact/ESG investing world. These virtual fireside conversations present a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and hear directly from experts in sustainability and impact/ESG investing about how COVID-19 is changing the business landscape—and possibly forever altering how we think about people, planet and profit.

April 15: "The Impact of Coronavirus on Sustainability and Social Impact"
Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation
Josh Helke, Founder and CEO of Organic Climbing
Andy Kaufman, Chief Investment Officer of Community Capital Management

May 27: "The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Sustainability and the need for Ethical Leadership" will feature Karen Quintos, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Dell Technologies, and Jean Oelwang, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Unite. You can register now to save your spot.

Check back here for more opportunities to engage with the Center for the Business of Sustainability and its partners. 

Student Sustainable Business Conference

The Smeal College of Business and Net Impact team up to host the Smeal Citizenship Conference, the biggest student-run sustainability event of the year at Penn State. Our goal is to create opportunities for professionals and students to connect, discuss, and amplify the growing and essential business of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics.

Smeal Sustainability Case Competition

Engaging hundreds of students from the nation’s top business schools, Smeal Sustainability Case Competition has featured social enterprises like the fintech firm CNote and large multinationals like PepsiCo. Students get a unique opportunity to wrestle with a real-world, contemporary business challenge, interact with industry leaders, and compete for prize money.

Speaker Series

Smeal regularly hosts academic and industry experts who share their perspective, advice and experiences with faculty, students, staff and the community. Penn State University also offers the Sustainability Showcase, a weekly speaker series featuring scholars, educators, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.