Alumni in Sustainable BusinessWe interviewed several Stern alumni about their careers. Read on to find out how sustainability impacts their work, along with other helpful insights for the Stern community!
|Essma Bengabsia, '18
Impact Research Associate, Glenmede
"I networked with every person, read every report, and attended every event I found related to impact. It paid off! I met my current boss at an event on sustainable investing by NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, and the rest is history."
|Casey Clark, '17
Managing Director, Head of ESG Investments, Rockefeller Capital Management
"It's becoming more and more important to have sustainability knowledge along with another functional skill set, such as marketing, investment analysis, or supply chain management."
|Tom Conboy, '17
Consultant, Climate, Energy Efficiency, and Transportation, ICF
"My proudest career accomplishment to date is developing a partnership between Clean Air NY and a top 5 largest private employer in New York State. We’ve connected thousands of employees with alternative commute and air quality resources. "
|Adam Gromis, '10
Global Lead on Sustainability, Uber
"I spend 100% of my time thinking about the impact of the use of our product on the environmental goals of cities."
|Stefan Jekel, '07
Head of International Listings, NYSE
"It's important to realize that investors are paying more and more attention to corporations being socially responsible and sustainable. Investors are basing investment decisions on factors that include CSR and ESG. Whether you go to a corporation or investment fund, themes of sustainability are becoming more relevant for everyone."
|Trish Kenlon, '10
Founder, Sustainable Career Pathways
"Spend as much time as you can networking and doing informational interviews. The time that you’re a student is incredibly short, but it’s the time when people will be the most open to talking with you and willing to help you. Take advantage of that. One of the things I learned during an informational interview was that a lot of the jobs in renewable energy companies (at that time) were either in marketing or engineering. Since neither of those areas were a core strength of mine, I learned that I should be looking elsewhere to start my career."
|Diana Lee, '14
Senior ESG Research Associate, AllianceBernstein, AVP
"Careers related to sustainability do not necessarily need to include the word 'sustainability' in the title. You can start in a traditional investment team as an equity analyst, and evolve your role to become an ESG expert of your team as these factors are, and should be natural part of the risk assessment of companies in your fundamental research process."
|Jessica Marati Radparvar, '15
Founder & Social Impact Strategist, Reconsidered
"Brands and retailers need to grapple not only with their social and environmental impacts, but also with the business model itself. Some brands have started to take innovative approaches to the "growth question," investing in circularity start-ups and starting peer-to-peer marketplaces for second-hand branded clothes. This is encouraging to me."
|Samantha Reiss, '12
Strategy & Corporate Development at Bloomberg LP (former)
"I am a strategic adviser and former product manager of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, a first-of-its-kind reference index launched in May 2016, which measures the performance of global companies recognized for supporting both data disclosure and best-in-class policies and practices in the gender-equality space."
|Judy Sandford, '05
Managing Director of Sustainability & CSR, Addison
"My best piece of advice is that you don't have to have sustainability in your title to make a difference. Sometimes the biggest opportunities exist in companies where no initiatives are in place. Every employee should find ways to increase corporate sustainability by employing better ESG practices in their role."
|Jeff Sybertz, '17
Accountability Associate, Fair Labor Association
"Be patient, be persistent, be inquisitive, and understand that one person or one company cannot fix everything. It is crucial to make connections across job functions, across companies, and across industries because collaboration is essential to success in the sustainability world."
|Devin Taylor, '13
Investment Strategist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
"Across asset managers, sustainable investing approaches are moving from historically negative screening to positive inclusion of companies that are leading across a number of sustainability themes. There are systemic shifts happening in sustainability data as it has improved and proliferated in recent years, which is creating positive feedback loops for corporations, asset owners, and asset managers to ask for and utilize sustainability data in their decision-making and core business practices."