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Monique St. Jarre (MBA ’23) aims to make an impact in the growing sustainability space
Monique St. Jarre (MBA ’23)
Monique St. Jarre entered NYU Stern’s Full-Time MBA program in 2021 with a well-defined goal: to improve the quantitative and leadership skills that would help her fully realize her potential in the social impact and sustainability field. The means to achieve that goal has been greatly helped by the Elizabeth Elting Advancing Women’s Leadership Fellowship. “This generous scholarship has made a tremendous difference in my ability to pursue an MBA focused on sustainability and social impact,” St. Jarre said. “The support has enabled me to focus on my true passions during the program, without fear of long-term debt or financial challenges.”

The fellowship supporting St. Jarre is named after its donor, Elizabeth Elting (MBA ’92), a New York-based philanthropist and businesswoman, Haskins Giving Society Award Winner, and Stern board member who is recognized for her entrepreneurship and focus on developing women business leaders.

St. Jarre has pursued her goal with focus and determination. “Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, I knew that I wanted to expand my worldview and have a purpose-driven, global career.” After graduating in 2015 as a world politics and economics major at Hamilton College, she dove into international development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, working for a nonprofit fellowship program, a large US government agency, and a social impact consulting firm. “It was through those experiences that I realized the critical role of the private sector in supporting socioeconomic outcomes, particularly in emerging markets,” she said. That in turn led her to Stern — a School that recognizes social responsibility as a pillar of business.

While at Stern, St. Jarre has been active in the Stern Social Impact and Sustainability Association, enrolled in classes focused on renewable energy and environmental/social/governance (ESG) topics, and recruited for consulting positions. This summer she will be based in Washington, DC, at McKinsey, which she chose for its “strong focus on sustainability and public sector work.”