Jenny Kalanges is a member of the Class of 2016. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Where are you currently working, and what is your role?
I am the Director of Sales for Ursa Major, a skin and body care company focused on authentic, healthy products made sustainably.
Why did you choose to attend The Sustainable Innovation MBA program? What were you doing before?
Before The Sustainable Innovation MBA, I had worked in management in small, mission-driven businesses. I chose this program because I felt I needed a toolkit to take my career in leadership to the next level and create real impact in the growing world of sustainability. I loved that it was an intensive one-year program where I could really sink my teeth in and then quickly apply those skills to real world experiences.
What was your favorite part about the MBA program experience?
The connections I made with other members of the cohort, professors, and alumni — those have proved invaluable since completing the program and certainly buoyed me throughout the year of study.
How are you applying the tools/skills you learned in the program, post-MBA?
I’m currently heading an internal sustainability task force within Ursa Major, which is really exciting. The skills I learned around transformational leadership will always provide an incredible backbone to my career.
What would you tell someone who is considering The Sustainable Innovation MBA?
If you are looking for a skillset that will will help develop you as an innovator or “intrapreneur,” this is a great program to consider. The global business world is looking to change agents like our grads, so the opportunities to apply these skills are endless. I’m always happy to share more with prospective students!