Professor and Academic Director, Sustainable Innovation MBA Program
Dr. Schnitzlein is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Finance in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. He joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 2014. Previously he held faculty positions at the University of Central Florida where he was doctoral program coordinator, the University of Arizona, and the University of Miami. He has also taught in the executive MBA program at the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Schnitzlein has long believed that government action alone will not be sufficient to address the enormous environmental challenges that confront the world and he was thus excited to join the only U.S. School of Business that has sustainability as a core value and strategic focus. At UVM Professor Schnitzlein teaches the core finance course which has the objectives of developing the standard MBA finance tool kit while also developing an appreciation for how standard financial analysis can lead to poor decisions if it fails to account for the real options that are embedded in many business ventures. This type of analysis isparticularly important for startups and new product development.Professor Schnitzlein's research applies the tools of experimental economics to financial market design issues and financial behavior. He has published his work in the top finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Business, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and he serves as an associate editor for the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, & Money. He frequently participates in scholarly meetings and he has made invited research presentations at over 25 universities in the United States and Europe. In addition to teaching and research Professor Schnitzlein has served on the Investment Committee for the University of Central Florida Foundation, and as advisor to the investment committee of a large philanthropy. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies he lived and worked in Europe for five years.
Program Director, The Sustainable Innovation MBA
Joe is the Director of The Sustainable Innovation MBA, and teaches a year-long personal leadership seminar in the program. He also serves a chair of the Advisory Board for the program.
Joe speaks frequently to companies and organizations on leadership, organizational culture, problem-solving, business and cultural trends, economic development, business strategy and sustainability, and life/work balance. He’s been engaged as a speaker by groups and companies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vermont Gas Systems, the Project Management Institute, MyWebGrocer, Green Mountain Power, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Telecommunications Association of the Southeast.
Joe is also a vice president of Casella Waste Systems, where he serves as an advisor to the chairman and CEO and is an executive coach to over 200 mid- and upper-level managers and numerous work teams.
He is a trustee of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and serves on the Vermont Governor's Climate Action Commission. He currently chairs the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Action Team, and served as a past chair of the State of Vermont's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy steering committee.
Ms. Cope is the Launch Lead for the SI-MBA program and a full-time lecturer in organization behavior and human resources. Ms. Cope also teaches in the Professional Development Series for the undergraduates to help prepare them as career professionals. For the MBA cohort, Ms. Cope teaches a series of workshops to build professional skills, works one-on-one with students on self-assessments and goal setting, and prepares students for their strategic job search.
In 2012, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, awarded by the University of Vermont and in 2005 she was named Vermont’s Small Business Woman of the Year, awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ms. Cope has been an active and engaged alumna and is a past Alumni Representative to the UVM Board of Trustees.
Ms. Cope is also president of Cope & Associates, Inc., a premier consulting and training firm in Vermont operating since 1991. Prior to founding Cope & Associates, Inc., Ms. Cope was in non-profit management and later joined TD Bank (formerly TD Banknorth) as Director of Training & Development. She has worked with clients representing a diverse array of for-profit and non-profit organizations in industries such as finance and insurance, health care, public utilities, education, government, manufacturing, and human service agencies. In her previous career she was an assistant professor of Physical Therapy at the University of New England teaching cardiovascular courses to the PT undergraduates and in the medical school.
Associate Professor Carolyn M. Bonifield
Carolyn M. Bonifield is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa (Ph.D), Michigan State University (MBA), and Ohio University (BA). Dr. Bonifield teaches courses in Marketing Communications, Consumer Behavior, and Marketing Management. Her research interests include consumer decision making, consumer responses to mobile technology, and collaborative consumption. She has published articles in a number of top business journals including the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, and Marketing Letters, among others. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was a product manager for Unilever, and launched a small business, which she later sold.
Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund. Cross presently serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday and Budnitz Bicyles. Cairn was formerly the Chair of the Board for the EatingWell Media Group which was sold to Meredith Corporation in 2011. Cairn also served on the Board of Directors of NEHP prior to its sale in 2012 to Critical Process Systems.
Prior to starting FreshTracks Cairn was a strategic and financial adviser to Vermont banks and growth businesses, the Assistant General Manager of Green Mountain Capital, L.P. from 1996 to 1998 and spent a decade working as a commercial banker.
Assistant Professor Kenneth De Roeck
Kenneth De Roeck is a Professor of Management at the Grossman School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. and Master degree in Management at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and then worked as an Assistant Professor at the IESEG School of Management in France where he taught undergraduate and MBA courses in strategic management, marketing, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics. His research focuses on the psychological mechanisms that explain employees’ reactions to their organization’s corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices. Kenneth is an established thought leader who has published his work in top scholarly journals, including the Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, European Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of International Human Resource Management. Kenneth teaches Leading for Sustainable Innovation.
Michael Dupee is an educator, entrepreneur, and consultant specializing at the intersection of sustainability and innovation. He is Principal at AWEN Ventures, a Teaching Fellow at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and a Certified Biomimicry Professional.
From 2004 to 2012, he served in Vice-President of Sustainable Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility roles at Keurig Green Mountain, where he lead efforts to design and implement sustainable design initiatives and was responsible for over $49MM in strategic corporate philanthropy. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY, specializing in making and managing principal investments in portfolios of distressed financial assets.
Michael holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University, and a BA in History from Boston College. He is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and a Donella Meadows Sustainability Leadership Fellow.
Associate Professor Ante Glavas
Dr. Glavas earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and joined UVM’s Grossman School of Business in August, 2017. He has published numerous articles on Corporate Social Responsibility, and was honored to receive the Emerald Citations award for his influential work in this area. A passionate teacher, he received the Professor of the Year award in management while working at the University of Notre Dame. His professional experience includes a senior executive role in a Fortune 500 company, consulting engagements with over 100 organizations, and the founding of three social enterprises. Ante has lived in five, and worked in over 50, countries.
Professor Oliver Goodenough
Oliver Goodenough is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, and holds positions as a Faculty Associate at The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and as an Adjunct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He is also a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. His research and writing focuses on the intersection of law, economics, finance, media, technology, neuroscience and behavioral biology. Professor Goodenough is expert in the impact of digital technology on law, with an emphasis on using the internet to create digital business organizations and to improve the support provided by law for innovation and entrepreneurship.
PROFESSOR and Practicum Lead STUART HART
Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. He is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business and Co-Founder and former Director of the School's Sustainable Innovation MBA Program. He currently takes the lead in developing and managing the capstone summer practicum projects for the program. Stuart is also the S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Hart is also Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, and Founder of the BoP Global Network.
Previously, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. He was also faculty in corporate strategy at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and was the Founding Director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP), now the Erb Institute's Dual Master's Program.
Hart has published more than 100 papers and cases and authored or edited eight books with over 35,000 Google Scholar citations to his work. His article "Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World" won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in the Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a 2011 book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, published in 2005 was selected by Cambridge University as one of the top 50 books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.
Launch Lead and Career Coach
Shannon is the Launch Lead for the SI-MBA program, an ICF-certified Coach and a sustainability Management Consultant with more than 20 years as a trusted talent advisor to organizations and the C-Suite. Her purpose is to enable resilient leaders to turn their passion into action and to live into their potential - creating social and environmental impact globally.
Ten years ago, Shannon founded Walk of Life Coaching to ‘get the right people into the right roles to create a more sustainable world’. Since then, she has coached, mentored and trained 800+ professionals and Masters graduates over 3000 hours to maximize their personal brands to advance their impact careers. Shannon served as Careers Faculty at Bard MBA in Sustainability for four years and has hosted 200+ workshops at more than 14 business schools including UC Berkeley, Columbia, Cambridge, HEC, and LBS.
Shannon chose sustainability career coaching to combine her diverse experience as a hiring manager, a business coach and a responsible business consultant, after having started her career 25 years ago in corporate recruiting. Her portfolio spans Fortune 500 and FTSE250 companies, combined with 15+ years of advising C-Suite and intrapreneurs at Adobe, GE Capital, Barclays Global Investors, Deloitte, and WWF, giving her insights across diverse sectors and leadership styles.
She has been selected as a meta coach on Daniel Goleman’s pioneering Emotional Intelligence Coach Certification program. Accredited in the Game Changer Index©, Shannon also leverages NLP and mindfulness when helping career changers break through personal barriers. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive, the Guardian, Greenbiz, Triple Pundit and Sustainable Brands and speaks regularly at international conferences including for Business for Social Responsibility, Net Impact, GreenBiz, Kering, and Hitachi.
Her “ah-ha” moment was when she sat on top of the Villarica volcano in Pucon, Chile and realised she had to do something to save the beauty of this planet, so she left her cushy corporate job in San Francisco and moved to Patagonia, where she founded eco-tourism company, Encounter Patagonia.
Originally from Washington, DC, Shannon has lived in Europe for more than 15 years where she uses her French and Spanish skills. She holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and Geneva and a BS in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Professor David A. Jones
David A. Jones is a Professor of Management, holder of the John L. Beckley Professorship, and Academic Director of The Sustainable Innovation MBA program. He joined UVM in 2004 after completing his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The University of Calgary.
David served on the initial curriculum design team that created this award-winning MBA program, and he teaches ‘Strategic CSR for Transformational Sustainability’, among other MBA courses. David is a passionate educator who was honored to receive a University-wide teaching award (the 2009 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award), and he regularly conducts full-day leadership development seminars, having trained over 1000 executives and managers in Vermont alone.
Professor Jones is recognized as a scholarly thought leader in the emerging area of employee responses to socially and environmentally sustainable business practices. His work in this area includes ten published studies, theory development pieces, and literature reviews; two co-edited journal issues and a co-edited volume; academic conference roles as theme-track chair, symposium discussant, and expert panelist; and key note addresses and visiting scholar positions. David’s broader program of research includes studies of employee volunteerism, recruitment and retention, and responses to perceptions of fair and unfair treatment at work. Professor Jones has authored over 90 papers presented at scholarly conferences, and published over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceeding papers, including articles in top academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of four peer-reviewed journals, including two leading outlets in which his work has been published: the Journal of Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Professor Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones is the Deputy Director at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. At the IEE, Kevin leads the Smart Grid and Community Energy projects and is co-author of the book from Praeger, "A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies." Seeking solutions to the energy and environmental policy challenges facing the electric power industry has been the focus of his career. He has been at the center of the transformation of the electric power industry in the Northeast as the director of power market policy for the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and as the former director of energy policy for the city of New York. LIPA is one of the largest municipal utilities in the country and is a leader in energy conservation and alternative energy technologies. While at LIPA, he collaborated on energy policy with both the Large Public Power Council and the New York Transmission Owners. He has also consulted on energy issues as an associate director with Navigant Consulting and Resource Management International. He received a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management and Technology, a masters from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and a BS from the University of Vermont. While at RPI his doctoral research compared the market-based approach to regulating acid rain in the United States to the command and control approach of the European Union.
Matt Mayberry is Founder and Principal of WholeWorks, a consulting firm specializing in simulation-based leadership development. For over two decades, WholeWorks’ leadership “practice fields” have provided thousands of business managers with a safe and realistic environment for building their capabilities. Clients have included: Dow Corning, Nike, Wendy’s, British Columbia Ferry Services, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
Matt received his Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. and his MBA from Stanford. He worked for High Performance Systems (now isee systems inc.), where he consulted and trained organizations in systems thinking and dynamic modeling. From 2010 to 2015, Matt served on the faculty of Green Mountain College and was appointed to the first endowed chair in the College’s history. Matt has taught numerous courses in systems thinking and sustainable business at the undergraduate and MBA level, including Systems Tools for the Sustainable Enterprise.
Associate Professor Erik Monsen
Erik Monsen teaches courses in entrepreneurial business models and technology commercialization. His teaching reflects his career, which has crossed disciplinary (engineering, management, economics) and geographic (US, Germany, UK) boundaries on his journey from designing better aircraft to designing better entrepreneurial organizations. He joined the University of Vermont's Grossman School of Business in August 2014 as the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and in January 2015 he was awarded a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Building on personal experiences as an aerospace engineer and business consultant in American and European aerospace organizations, his mission is to aid technology and research organizations, both public and private, to become more entrepreneurial and create new value not only for business owners, but also for their employees, the society and the environment. His current research examines how and why employees act entrepreneurially (or not!), and in particular, how and why scientists and engineers choose to commercialize their research (or not!).
Professor Thomas Noordewier
Dr. Noordewier joined UVM's Grossman School of Business in the fall of 1990, after spending a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. Prior to Yale, he taught at Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent courses that he has taught at UVM include marketing management, sustainable marketing, and marketing decision-making under uncertainty. Professor Noordewier received the Graduate Teacher of the Year Award in 2012. He is a Fellow at UVM's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an interdisciplinary organization with the stated purpose of integrating "natural and social sciences to understand the interactions between people and nature and to help build a sustainable future." In research related to sustainability, he is co-author of an article on collaborative environmental planning in river management (published in the Journal of Environmental Management), and in research-in-progress is co-investigating the moderating effect of industry pollution-related factors on firm financial performance. Other publications include articles in the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, the Journal of Health Care Marketing, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Business Logistics, Real Estate Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Research, the Journal of Housing Research, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Professor Noordewier is also co-author of a book on customer service.
Joanne Pencak is a consultant specializing in executive education, fraud prevention and internal controls. Before teaching, she was as a practicing Certified Public Accountant. Her history includes working for local firms as well as running her own CPA firm which merged with a regional firm. She obtained her MBA with a concentration in Information Security in 2008 from James Madison University. In June of 2009, she attended the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Bridge Program at Ohio State University. The AACSB Bridge Program helps senior level executives transition from industry into the classroom. She serves as a member of the advisory board to the Treasurer of the City of Rutland, Vermont, and as the voluntary Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund. She is also a member of the Sustainable Accounting Standard Board's Consumption Industry Working Group, which was formed to shape and influence sustainable reporting standards for the Meat, Poultry, Dairy & Fishing & Processed food Industries. Prior to teaching at the University of Vermont, Joanne was an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Castleton State College, where she served as the Coordinator of Graduate Accounting.
Professor Taylor Ricketts
Taylor Ricketts is the Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Taylor's interests focus on the overarching question: How do we meet the needs of people and nature in an increasingly crowded, changing world? Taylor integrates natural and social sciences to address both fundamental scientific issues and real-world conservation problems. His recent work has focused on the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. He is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among universities and NGOs to map and value these natural benefits. Taylor also served as Convening Lead Author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a 5-year, UN-sponsored effort to assess global ecosystems and their contributions to human wellbeing. These and other collaborations are part of a continuing effort to link rigorous research with practical conservation and policy efforts worldwide. Before arriving at UVM in 2011, Taylor led World Wildlife Fund's Conservation Science Program for nine years, and he remains a Senior Fellow at WWF. He is the author of over 70 scientific publications, and Thompson-Reuters has named him one of the world's most cited and influential scientists. Taylor's work has also been featured in over 100 stories in more than 20 media outlets. Taylor received his B.A. in Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Stanford University.
Professor Pramodita Sharma
Dr. PramoDITA Sharma, Ph.D. (University of Calgary) is the Sanders Chair & Professor of Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. Her research on succession processes, governance, innovation, next generation commitment and entrepreneurial leadership in sustainable family enterprises has been honored with several international awards. Editor of the highly ranked Family Business Review, she is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. Her book on Entrepreneurial Family Firms (w. Hoy) is being used in family business courses around the world and has been translated into Mandarin. And, the SAGE Handbook of Family Business (w. Melin and Nordqvist) is described as a 'must read' and 'critical resource for all students and scholars of family business'. In 2013, she established the UVMs Family Business Awards and the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition. In the 'Entrepreneurial Family Business' course, her students draw lessons from the extraordinary members of 'The Henokiens Association' who have been in existence for over 200 years, continue to be led by the founding family members and are in good financial health.
Dean Sanjay Sharma
Dr. Sharma is the Dean of the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont since 2011. Prior to that he was the Dean of the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, the largest business school in Canada and the Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability. He is a pioneer in corporate sustainability research with 8 books and over 100 articles. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award in Organizations and the Natural Environment from the Academy of Management in 2016 and his latest book “Competing for a Sustainable World” was a runner up for the Best Book Award at the Academy of Management in 2015. Before pursuing an academic career, he was a senior manager and CEO with multinational corporations for 16 years.
Professor Richard Vanden Bergh
Dr. Vanden Bergh came to UVM in the fall of 2000 after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy and an MBA. Prior to academia, he worked in banking in Colorado, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He also helped manage a small entrepreneurial retail firm located in Berkeley. Dr. Vanden Bergh's areas of research include: firm strategy in the political environment and the effects of political institutions on business investment. For the past several years Dr. Vanden Bergh has been exploring issues in the energy sector including an exploration of how the political environment affects investment in renewable energy. He is also starting to gather entrepreneurship data to try to unpack dimensions of the political environment that have the greatest impact on entrepreneurial location and investment decisions. Dr. Vanden Bergh's research has been published in many elite academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, and the Strategic Management Journal. Dr. Vanden Bergh was instrumental in designing the new Sustainable Innovation MBA curriculum. He was the original chair of the curriculum redesign committee and continued to serve as an active member of the redesign committee as it finalized the new program. He teaches two courses for the Sustainable Innovation MBA program including a course on Business Sustainability & Public Policy. During his tenure at the University of Vermont, Dr. Vanden Bergh has received honors for his teaching including "Teacher of Year" in the School of Business and a nomination for UVM's Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award.
Assistant Professor Srini Venugopal
Dr. Venugopal joined the Grossman School of Business in August 2016. Prior to his academic career, Srini led a technology-based social venture that delivered educational services to low-income consumers in rural India. He continues to run a social enterprise that is focused on promoting girl’s education in several low income neighborhoods (slums) in the city of Chennai, India. In his research, Srinivas (Srini) examines the intertwined nature of consumption and entrepreneurship in subsistence marketplaces where more than a billion poverty-stricken entrepreneurs run micro-enterprises to meet basic consumption needs. In a parallel stream of research, he examines how social enterprises entering into contexts of poverty negotiate institutional differences to bring about positive social change. Srini teaches Driving Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid.