MBA Graduates at Work

Below is a selection of Marlboro MBA alumni and detailed descriptions of their projects and ventures. For an overview of more Marlboro MBA alumni careers, see: Alumni Profiles. If you would like to ask an alumnus questions about the program, please contact Matt Livingston in admissions: 888-258-5665 x209.

Robert Hart MBA '12

Program Manager, Industrial Sector, Consortium for Energy Efficiency, Boston, MA

Robert is excited to join the team at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) as program manager, working in the industrial sector. CEE is a consortium of energy efficiency administrators across North America who work on common approaches to advancing efficiency. 

"I will be able to leverage my experience as a Naval Officer, along with my MBA, to advance energy efficiency in industrial systems. One of my main responsibilities will be facilitating a committee of program administrators; what I learned about facilitation from MBA community builders Lori Hanau and Jeff Saari was instrumental in preparing me for the job."

Through joining forces, the individual efficiency programs of CEE are able to partner not only with each other but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. By working together at CEE, administrators leverage the effect of their funding dollars, exchange information on effective practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.

Beth Mellen MBA '12

Senior Pricing Analyst, BP, New Jersey

Beth carried out her MBA Capstone project, titled 'The Workforce Personified: Facilitating Authentic Human Engagement in the Workplace,' for her employer, BP. She said, "It addresses the importance of engaged employees to the overall success and sustainability strategy of large publicly traded corporations, where, often, employees are viewed (or view themselves) as expendable human resources lost in a massive machine of bureaucracy and command and control hierarchy."

"As employee engagement is mutually beneficial to employers and employees, this project seeks to create working environments which allow people and organizations to co-exist in a mutually rewarding and symbiotic relationship," said Beth. Working with her project sponsor Castrol, she developed and administered an employee engagement survey to 30 employees, designed and facilitated a workshop on employee engagement, and provided final recommendations to the project sponsor for boosting and sustaining elevated employee engagement levels. "The project focuses on sustainable people practices, communication, stakeholder engagement, group facilitation, strategy and consulting skills."

Kevin Lehman MBA '11

CEO and Co-Founder of Three Revolutions, Vermont

"Three Revolutions is a new online platform for strengthening our food system," said Kevin. "It is the only crowdfunding platform in the world wholly dedicated to farm and food ventures." Kevin’s final Capstone project was the genesis for Three Revolutions, and he has spent his time since graduation preparing for the Spring 2012 launch of this new business. Kevin is excited about bringing his experience in food, business and the web to a start-up he believes will help to revolutionize the food system.

Marlboro MBA alumni Chris Lindgren is Co-Founder of Three Revolutions. Kevin and Chris are being advised by Marlboro MBA’s Entrepreneurship professor Will Keyser.

Kathleen Draper MBA '12

Entrepreneur, Finger Lakes Biochar at Cornell University's Technology Farm, New York

Kathleen describes herself as "a biochar maven on a mission to 'plant waste wisely' by turning local agricultural waste into a value-added carbon-negative soil conditioner." 

"Biochar is a carbon-negative technology that is on the cusp of emerging from research labs to the marketplace," said Kathleen. "Currently there are very few business models in the U.S. or elsewhere for biochar production." Her capstone was focused on creating a small-scale replicable business model which keeps production and markets local, to maximize the carbon-negative aspects of the technology. She recently launched a pilot project in the Finger Lakes region of western New York.

"Initially biochar and biochar blends will be sold to organic gardeners, greenhouses, farmers, turf management and environmental remediation consultants. In the future, services to manage organic waste on-site will be offered to farmers to minimize transportation, minimize costs and provide on-site education opportunities for farmers in terms of why and how to use biochar while managing waste."

Jonathan Crowley MBA '11

Senior Manager, Hope International Development Agency, Myanmar

"I'm very happily working for Hope International Development Agency, a Canadian INGO," said John. "We are doing capacity building with local and regional Myanmar NGOs through personal and social transformation leadership training. We also do peace process consulting in the capital city of Yangon, working with representatives of ethnic nationalities and the government.

As senior manager, Jonathan is involved with donor reporting, monitoring and evaluation, strategic HR implementation, systems thinking training and contemplative program advising. "I can't say enough how much Marlboro's MBA, and especially specific classes such as Personal Leadership Development, Caring for the Human Organization, Systems Thinking, and Entrepreneurship, prepared me for this position." he said. "Introducing authentic leadership practices and systems thinking is currently a critical issue in organizations in Myanmar, across civil society sectors, due to years of internalizing autocratic and dictatorial models."

Cheryl Eaton MBA '10

Entrepreneur, Founder of Wild Genius, a branding and innovation group inspired to unleash the “wild genius” within organizations and individuals

MBA Faculty Partner, teaching marketing in the Marlboro MBA program, Vermont

Cheryl's new business, Wild Genius, offers the same services she has provided through Kelliher Samets Volk, such as brand, business, and marketing strategy and consulting, and market research. She said, "It will also allow me to utilize other competencies I’ve developed and delivered for clients, such as: helping organizations, teams and individuals to innovate around the future, and guiding them toward their bold visions."

"Here’s what I’m particularly excited about: providing the quality of thinking and guidance available from a national-caliber firm in a way that is accessible to those individuals and organizations that are doing good for people, communities, and the planet—broadly speaking, those working in the 'sustainability' space.