Governance and Social Responsibility : Honors Students Attend Corporate and Collegiate Sustainability Conference
By Liz Warren-Pederson
Sixty students from eleven universities nationwide gathered at the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business for the Corporate & College Collaborative for Sustainability. The conference, sponsored by IBM, brought together students, faculty, and business leaders to create new paths in sustainability education.
Pre-business honors students Elizabeth Schmitt and Kjersti Johnson were among the 60 students who participated. “I found out about the conference when Dr. Bill Neumann told our MIS 111 Honors class about it,” said Schmitt. “He invited our class to apply.”
“This year’s Honors Showcase has a sustainability theme,” said Neumann, senior lecturer in MIS. “When I found out about the conference, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.” Five UA students were able to attend — Schmitt and Johnson’s participation was funded through the Dean’s Excellence Fund, and three additional students from the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences were supported by their school.
“I thought it was a great opportunity, especially as a freshman, and because I am pursuing a dual degree in anthropology and business,” Schmitt said. “Sustainability integrates these two majors and I thought the conference would be a great way to learn about how I could take something crucial and apply it in a business setting.”