MBA Sustainability and Human Rights Summer Fellowship
We are pleased to announce our Summer 2022 Cohort for the Sustainability and Human Rights Summer Fellowship. Applications for next year's cohort will open in December 2022.
Summer 2022 Fellowship Recipients
Kirsten Abel (MBA '23) – Kyndryl
Kirsten will lead two high visibility projects in our Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Practice. In the first, she will leverage materiality assessment results to drive impact and inform ESG strategy and in the second, she will conduct research to develop innovative ESG offerings to support impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and business growth.
Isa Ballard (MBA '23) – Williams-Sonoma, Inc
Isa will work with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. on projects related to supply chain innovation, sustainability, circular economy, worker education and empowerment, and ESG reporting. The post will involve research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and strategy development.
Abbey Chase (MBA '23) – New Balance
Abbey will support New Balance on their fair compensation work and supply chain responsible leadership program.
Yurany Hernandez (MBA '23) – Gore Mutual Insurance
Yurany will work on two projects with Gore Mutual: one focusing on CSB's Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology and the other to support with developing a framework for the launch of their ESG program.
Puja Kenia (MBA '23) – Natoora
Puja will chart a course that is both sustainable and impactful at a global scale. She will work with stakeholders of Sourcing, Operations, Business Intelligence, Tech, Service Delivery and Education, matching everyday business as usual requirements with ambitious targets for carbon neutrality.
Sophie Kennedy (MBA '23) – Nespresso
Sophie will support Nespresso's social and environmental impact. Some deliverables will include the development of social impact strategy, including BCorp principles, of competitors and other certified BCorp companies of similar size and/or industry, conduct research of end-of-life capsules for selected key markets, help drive the environmental strategy/plan, and support waste audits at our head office and/or local boutique locations
Summer 2021 Fellowship Recipients
Marta Alvarez Pascual (MBA '22) – BBMG
Marta supported the BBMG team in creating content for brand and innovation projects, support project management directly with clients, and research and synthesize brand landscapes and consumer reports.Read about Marta's experience
Madeline Cleland (MBA '22) – Applegate
Maddie assisted Applegate with its Meat Solutions Index (MSI) tool while making the connection back to the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) model. The MSI tool contemplates a range of factors that can impact the Human Health, Environmental Footprint and Animal Welfare associated with various innovation platforms and potential improvements that can be resourced and advanced to improve the meat system.Read about Maddie's experience
Taylor Donegan (MBA '22) – MarketAxess
Taylor worked across Sales, Marketing, Research, and Finance teams to investigate and identify areas for growth in sustainability and will examine the company’s carbon footprint, monetize sustainability efforts and goals, and help to develop a concrete ESG strategy that can be implemented across departments at all levels.Read about Taylor's experience
Lucie Holliday (MBA '22) – King Arthur Baking Company
Lucie assisted King Arthur Baking Company on projects to operationalize the company’s ambitious sustainability goals and embed their purpose further upstream in the supply chainRead about Lucie's experience
Pedro Gasparian Calil Jardim (MBA '22) – Microsoft
Pedro will be responsible for supporting priority human rights due diligence of sales and business activities; helping to draft Microsoft’s annual human rights transparency report, and helping to prepare the Human Rights Team’s participation at the UN General Assembly.Read about Pedro's experience
Nadia Huffer (MBA '22) – Microsoft
Nadia will be responsible for supporting priority human rights due diligence of sales and business activities; helping to draft Microsoft’s annual human rights transparency report, and helping to prepare the Human Rights Team’s participation at the UN General Assembly.
Saumya Wali (MBA '22) – Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Saumya worked with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. on projects related to supply chain innovation, sustainability, circular economy, worker education and empowerment, and ESG reporting. The post will involve research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and strategy development.Read about Saumya's experience
Summer 2020 Fellowship Recipients
Ross Jaffe (MBA '21) - National Grid
Joss applied the ROSI framework to two National Grid investments in energy efficiency and net-zero buildings. This project represents an early attempt by National Grid to monetize its sustainability efforts and, more importantly, a commitment to the energy transition that we need.Read about Ross's experience
Elizabeth John (MBA '21) - Williams Sonoma, Inc
Liz examined William Sonoma Inc’s supply chain, learning how they onboard vendors and track vendor data across their 8 brands, including creating and implementing a baseline survey for West Elm LOCAL vendors to inform their commitments to the 15% Pledge.Read about Liz's experience
Rebecca Meyer (MBA '21) - Calvert
Rebecca's central project was to assess corporate responses to COVID-19 across the Packaged Food & Meats industry, the Restaurant industry, and the Financial Services sector to help build the firm’s understanding of how corporate resilience is connected to overall ESG performanceRead about Rebecca's experience
Leora Rosenberg (MBA '21) - Nespresso
Leora analyzed how communications highlighting sustainability could enhance Nespresso’s brand identity and support its consumer and sales channel marketing goals.Read more about Leora's experience
Lily Warnke (MBA '21) - Microsoft
Lily's work included a series of memoranda on how to best ground emergency responses to COVID-19 in human rights principles. In light of evidence that nations around the world have derogated their human rights commitments in order to enact necessary emergency measures, Lily researched ways to protect civilians’ privacy and rights.Read about Lily's experience
Summer 2019 Fellowship Recipients
Jamison A. Friedland (MBA '20) - Rainforest Alliance
Jamison produced an investment plan for financing smallholder tree crop farmers throughout the world, with a specific focus on cocoa farmers in West Africa.Read about Jamison's experience
Tara McHugh (MBA '20) - West Elm
Tara evaluated the Social Consciousness & Innovation team's marketing communication efforts by mapping their strategy across channels. She also analyzed West Elm’s reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), focusing specifically on social compliance disclosures.Read about Tara's experience
Leah Naidorf (MBA '20) - Nespresso
Leah relaunched Nespresso's B2B recycling program, which allows their B2B clients to return their used aluminum coffee capsules to one of Nespresso's partner recycling facilities.Read about Leah's experience
Sam Wallace (MBA '20) - Microsoft
Sam worked on a research project for the human rights team at Microsoft focused on AI in the military. He conducted due diligence into the potential for Microsoft to be linked to human rights harms from future sales in this area, and to recommend areas for further focus.Read about Sam's experience
Additional Summer 2019 Fellows
Kyu Sung Kim (MBA '20) - IFC
Junyi Wang (MBA '20) - IFC
Summer 2018 Fellowship Recipients
Stephanie Chen (MBA '19) - International Finance Corporation
Stephanie researched and developed sector-specific metrics to monitor and assess IFC’s climate-related investments. Specifically, she prepared the Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) guidance for Investment Officers on the definition and potentials of CSA and the different metrics used to determine the climate-related impacts of the CSA investments.Read about Stephanie's experience
Yen Chiang (MBA '19) - West Elm
Yen's work focused on the LOCAL program, in which West Elm stores curate selections of locally-made products and host events with creative small businesses. With her team, she surveyed LOCAL makers to learn more about their experiences as creative small business owners and how LOCAL helps (or could help) them reach their business objectives.Read about Yen's experience
Julianne DeMarco (MBA '19) - Bloomberg
Julianne assisted with the preparation for Bloomberg's annual internal conference, where the relevant contacts in the businesses get together to share what they’ve been working on and their plans for the upcoming year. She also researched the corporate governance of specific companies and executive compensation.Read about Julianne's experience