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The Erb Institute offers students a unique opportunity to develop a set of integrated skills for confronting the complex challenges of sustainability. To be successful, a student must have strong analytic skills and the ability to communicate effectively across traditional academic, political and industrial boundaries. Erb Institute students come from diverse backgrounds, and represent decades of unique experience in a wide range of countries, sectors and industries. This diversity provides a critical educational resource for students, and enhances our ability to develop leaders who are prepared to tackle sustainable development in any sector of society.

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Ursula Jessee

MBA/MS Program 2015

Ursula has worked in the international development field for the past seven years but is interested in working with a corporation that values sustainability. Prior to joining the Erb Institute Ursula was President of Sustainable Development International, a boutique international-development consulting firm. Before leading SDI she worked an international medical relief organization and an economic development consulting firm. Ursula developed her interest in international development after living outside of the US for the first sixteen years of her life and she started her career in international development as Fulbright Fellow in Jordan and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in South Africa. Ursula earned her BA from Wellesley College and her MA from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa. She enjoys running, biking, climbing, and traveling.

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Kelsea BallantyneResume

MBA/MS Program 2016

Kelsea comes to the Erb Institute and Tauber Institute for Global Operations after spending over five years in the “global classroom,” primarily in India and North Africa. Kelsea is a change maker who creates elegant solutions in challenging global environments ranging from social enterprises in the slums of India to managing the representation of African governments at global climate negotiations. Whether alongside an African Minister of Water or a 15 year-old former sex worker, she is always up for a challenge she can tackle with passion, composure and a smile. At the Erb and Tauber Institutes and as a fellow at the Center for Positive Organizations, she is cultivating that passion and conducting research around creating shared value and having positive impact in supply chains. Kelsea earned a BS in Business with an emphasis in marketing, as well as minors in Economics and Sociology, from Chapman University. Through a Fulbright Fellowship, she traveled to Kolkata, India to research if global manufacturing is an effective tool to provide an alternative income for sex workers, thereby enabling them to leave the sex trade entirely. When not at school or work, Kelsea spends her time hiking, biking, running and cooking for her friends and family… or doing yoga headstands for fun.

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Denise Miller

MBA/MS Program 2017

Prior to joining the Erb Institute, Denise worked with organizations within India, Guatemala, Japan, and the United States, each of which shared the common focus of improving different facets of society. After graduating from Emmanuel College in Boston with a BA in English Literature, her career began with the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative in India with a focus on pediatric HIV/AIDS to promote access to treatment and support. She then worked with MSD Pharmaceuticals (an affiliate of Merck and Co., US) to design and implement the corporate social responsibility package for India. Next, she traveled to Guatemala to support green startups and bring alternative energies to communities lacking infrastructure. In her most recent position with the agribusiness Bolthouse Farms in California, she gained experience operating an international production and supply chain focusing on exports to Japan, where she observed firsthand how the utilization of sustainable practices not only benefit society and the environment, but also make good business sense. Denise was raised on a small farm in rural Montana. From working on the farm in her youth, to working in development, to guiding a corporation towards good corporate citizenship, and finally to her role at an international agribusiness, she has witnessed the stake private industry has in social change and plans to harness the power of business to make a sustainable, positive social impact.

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