The Insider’s Guide to Sustainability Jobs

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Katie Kross, Managing Director of EDGE at Duke University,  is a career coach, educator, and nonprofit executive. She is the author of the practical, solutions-oriented book, Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability (2nd ed., Greenleaf Publishing, 2014). As a director of sustainable business education programs for 10 years at both Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Katie has counseled hundreds of MBA students and alumni, many of whom have gone on to sustainability careers with employers like Walmart, GE, REI, Bank of America, Deloitte, and Disney, as well as social and environmental NGOs, mission-driven companies, and startups. She publishes a blog at

Her presentation will help students understand the landscape of career opportunities related to sustainability in all sectors and specific, practical strategies for their sustainability job search.  Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of what kinds of internship and full-time career opportunities exist in this field
  • Frameworks for focusing a sustainability career search
  • insights and tips from industry practitioners who have successfully pursued a sustainability career (including career changers)
  • Tactical strategies and specific resources for conducting an off-campus job search on a sustainability or social impact path