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    MBA Commencement Speaker to Address Building In, Not Adding On, Sustainability Solutions

    As co-author of Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage, Dr. Chris Laszlo sees the importance of building aspects of sustainability into the business model, not merely attaching sustainability solutions to an existing way of doing business.

    He’ll share his thoughts with the 25 graduates of Duquesne University’s MBA Sustainability program at their commencement ceremony on Friday, July 29, at 2 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom on campus. The year-long, accelerated class, which this year includes students from India, China and France, encompasses studies abroad while grounding students in ethics and environmental, social and financial sustainability.

    “Just as in Laszlo’s book, visionary business leaders are examining issues of sustainability over the life cycle of a service or product,” said Dr. Alan R. Miciak, dean of Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. “Our students are eager to bring their knowledge in this area into cutting-edge companies to help transform the way business is conducted in Pittsburgh and beyond.”

    Laszlo, who also authored Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good and The Sustainable Company, is an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. The co-founder and managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners, LLC, an advisory services firm specializing in sustainability for business advantage, he has trained thousands of Fortune 500 executives in “sustainability for business advantage.” Educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris, Laszlo holds a Ph.D. in economics and management science  and served in executive positions for nearly 10 years at Lafarge S.A., a leader in materials.

    Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability is a unique, top-ranked, internationally accredited program infusing financial, social and environmental responsibility into the hard-skills classes of more typical MBA degrees. For more information on the program, which is ranked 18th in the world by the Aspen Institute, visit http://mba.sustainability.duq.edu.

    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 10,000-plus 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.