Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College and an expert in consumer patterns, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice, is the scholar in residence for GMC’s Sustainable MBA program. Schor will interact with GMC’s Sustainable MBA students through seminars, lectures and informal discussions during the September 13-16 residency period.
Before joining Boston College, Schor taught at Harvard University for 17 years. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.
Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need. The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications.
Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans’ lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.
She was a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1995-1996 for a project entitled “New Analyses of Consumer Society.” In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. Schor has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program.
David Blittersdorf, President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, has spent his entire career focusing on renewable energy. He began in college, where he built a wind turbine as a mechanical engineering major at the University of Vermont. He continued with the development of his first company NRG Systems. With Blittersdorf at the helm, NRG Systems became an international leader in wind measurement technology. After stepping down as CEO after twenty-two years of service, he started Earth Turbines. This company developed residential sized turbines, and eventually began work on an All Sun Tracker. This development led Blittersdorf to rename the company AllEarth Renewables.
Blittersdorf also serves on numerous boards and committees including Renewable Energy of Vermont, the Small Wind Certification Council, and the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome Melissa Everett as the 2010 Scholar in Residence for the MBA program. Everett is an author, columnist and career counselor in private practice in Kingston, N.Y. Her most recent book, Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence, “is a timely and highly informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude.” Her previous book, Breaking Ranks, won the Olive Branch Award of the New York University Center on War, Peace and the News Media. Everett holds a Ph.D. from Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She directs Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization devoted to sustainable development. She also teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bruce Piasecki is the author of six books on business strategy, valuation, and corporate change. In his newest book, World Inc.: When It Comes to Solutions — Both Local and Global — Businesses Are Now More Powerful Than Government, Dr. Piasecki examines a “new phenomenon in socially responsible capitalism,” one that looks to business instead of government to solve society’s problems. World Inc. explores how “the corporations that can best address social issues by creating superior products will thrive and profit in this new world.”
Other books by Dr. Piasecki include In Search of Environmental Excellence: Moving Beyond Blame, the Nature Society’s book of the year. His business articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times,Baltimore Sun, Technology Review, and Christian Science Monitor.
Victor Morrison, president of the American Flatbread Company, is a nationally-recognized leader in sustainable business practices. He has served as financial operations manager for IBM in Essex Junction; as the CFO for SkiTuner/Grindrite; as CFO/VP of Finance and Administration for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; as CFO and later CEO of the Elan Ski and Snowboard Company; and as Operations Manager for Efficiency Vermont.
The American Flatbread phenomenon began as a small restaurant in Waitsfield, VT, serving homemade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Today it is a privately-held company with four restaurants and a national sales operation of frozen baked goods. The business started as “an experiment in post-modern bread baking,” using traditional methods and simple wholesome ingredients produced locally.
Will Raap founded Gardener’s Supply – an employee owned company based in Burlington – in 1983 after an accomplished career with many major corporations. Raap is honorary founding member of the board for the Intervale Foundation, a nationally recognized center for sustainable agriculture in Burlington. Board appointments include the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Partnership for Environmental Technology and Science, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Council and Living Technologies, Inc.
Spencer Putnam has served executive director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), a statewide coalition of leaders in the green business field. His own successful business career includes positions as General Manager of Danforth Pewterers and as Vice President of Operations at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, among others. Putnam has been active in local and civic affairs, including service as a member of the boards of the United Way, CommunityAction, Agency on Aging, and The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.