Start Date: 3/25/2020 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 3/25/2020 2:00 PM EDT
Event Website: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4991048720876636172
Established Innovation Winner
Colorado State University
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CTL
How do you successfully drive innovation in your business school? Learn from our 2019 MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Winners on their successful innovations and programs, how they accomplished them and tips on driving innovation in your organization.
We continue our series with our 2019 MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Winner for Established Innovation - Colorado State University, with their Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) MBA
For more than a decade, GSSE students have learned to merge their business goals with their desire to nourish, empower and protect people. In GSSE, students gain hands-on experience and the business skills necessary to identify and create opportunities where the market falls short. The GSSE MBA teaches students how to build and manage global ventures that achieve sustainability with results focused on the triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental performance. The unique summer practicum requirement, embedded social and sustainable enterprise curriculum in every class, and diverse cohort model enables students to enter into the business world as leaders in their respective fields. The Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA empowers and supports student’s passion to make a difference. The Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA is a full-time, on-campus, 41-credit, 16-month program. By 2020, the GSSE MBA will have graduated 325 students, many of whom will be actively engaged in organizations addressing global challenges.
Kat Ernst, Director, Impact MBA Program
Kat Ernst is the Director of the Impact MBA program at Colorado State University. She has been involved in this program for 10 years in a variety of capacities, including marketing and communications, and program operations. Her first project as Director was to shepard the program through a significant overhaul and rebrand, the results of which launch in Fall 2020. Her background is in International Studies and Spanish, from Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas. After college, she worked for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, a family-owned bicycle tour company, for a year running the office operations and assisting in new tour planning in Italy and Chile. In 2005, she joined the Peace Corps, where she served for 2 years in the Dominican Republic as a Community Economic Development volunteer. Her work there centered around supporting a cooperative of small-holder coffee farmers through their organic certification process. Post Peace Corps, Kat joined the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA (recently renamed the Impact MBA), during which she co-founded social enterprise whose family-sized aquaponics units increased nutrition and income to base of the pyramid families in Lima, Peru via efficient vegetable and fish production.
The MBA Roundtable Innovator Award was created in 2011 to promote educational initiatives that advance innovation in MBA education and acknowledge the institutions that drive change in the field. The Innovator Award raises awareness of ongoing continuous curricular and co-curricular improvements and educates employers, business school leaders, and faculty about innovative practices of best-in-class MBA programs. For business schools, the Award publically recognizes their leadership to initiate and achieve curricular reform.