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Women in Sustainability: Navigating Your Career


Feb 27, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Faculty House (116th St. bet. Amsterdam and Morningside Dr.), Presidential Room 2

This event will focus on how women navigate careers in sustainability, exploring the female perspective on professional development and advancement in this growing field. The panel will feature an impressive group of women working in diverse sustainability roles, including sustainable finance, corporate sustainability, and green building. The panelists will speak to some of the specific challenges and opportunities for women in this field, as well as to some of the universal challenges that many professional women face today – such as finding mentors, managing family responsibilities, dealing with bias, and more. The discussion will explore the challenges and solutions for women at all levels of their careers. The panel will provide also provide insight into leadership behaviors and practices that help support career growth. The goal of this event is to foster a thoughtful dialogue around the issues facing women sustainability professionals, and how to achieve a more inclusive working environment in sustainability.

A networking reception will follow the panel, from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. 

This event is hosted by the Earth Institute, the MS in Sustainability Management Program, and the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Program.


Moderator: Alison Miller, Deputy Director for Management, The Earth Institute

• Mona Benisi, Senior Director of Sustainability at Simon Property Group
• Stephanie Johnston, Director, Sustainable Business (USA), the HEINEKEN Company
• Bhakti Mirchandani, Alternative Investment Manager
• Melissa Wright, Senior Associate, Environment Team at Bloomberg Philanthropies