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    Corporate Sustainability Performance Expert to Speak at MBA Sustainability Commencement

    Mike Wallace, an expert in corporate sustainability and governance, will speak at the commencement ceremony for the MBA Sustainability program of Duquesne University.

    The ceremony will be Sunday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

    Wallace is the managing director for BrownFlynn, a Cleveland-based consulting firm whose practice in corporate responsibility and sustainability serves clients that include Fortune 500 corporations as well as organizations in sectors ranging from health care to mining. Before joining BrownFlynn as director of Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) U.S. and Canadian operations, Wallace was instrumental in creating a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework now used in every portion of the North American economy and by local, state and federal governments.

    Wallace's expertise in developing and implementing corporate governance and sustainability reporting, plus his extensive public service, are apt complements for the aspirations and ideals of MBA Sustainability program graduates, said Dr. Robert Sroufe, holder of the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness and the Beard Institute's director of Applied Sustainability. The two met several years ago at a conference where Wallace was recruiting academic collaborators for GRI.

    "He is an example of the success possible from the alignment of corporate engagement, global issues and performance measurement," Sroufe said. "These graduates are the change agents and future we have been waiting for. I know they will make the most of every business opportunity, just as Mike Wallace has turned opportunities into reality as a successful change agent influencing corporate performance."

    This year's 29 graduates form the seventh cohort for the MBA Sustainability program, which has garnered international recognition for infusing ethical, environmental and social impact into its curriculum. According to Sroufe, this year's cohort stands out for the contributions to that outstanding reputation, including winning international case competitions and presenting at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.