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 Profile: Adrienne Syme

Posted on Friday, Jun. 18, 2010

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University offers many great networking opportunities for students ranging from the Retail Management Institute to the Accounting Association to professional fraternities. Sophomore Adrienne Syme, however, noticed that one important theme was missing from the current selection: sustainability.

The marketing major is now working to create a sustainable business club that connects students with sustainable companies and organizations. She hopes to bring in speakers from businesses in the area to discuss the sustainability challenges they face and how corporate leaders address those issues. Another component of the organization Syme wants to include is sustainable business internship placements that could lead to potential careers for business school graduates.

Syme is currently a member of Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability, a new program within the business school coupling business leadership with sustainability and spirituality through hikes and round table discussions. After hiking with fellow business students in places like Castle Rock and Henry Coe state parks, Syme decided to create a student club for their shared interest in sustainable business.

The club will initially be open only to business majors with the potential for arts and sciences economics majors to join. Syme hopes the club will showcase a new spin on sustainability. Business is all about the bottom dollar, and she wants to show students that adopting sustainable practices does not mean a sacrifice in revenue. Instead, they can often save businesses money, especially in the long run.

While Syme is spending the fall quarter in Spain, she is excited for winter quarter when she can fully implement her club in the business school. Syme believes it is possible for the environment and business to thrive together, and with the new club, she hopes her peers will see that too.

By Emily Orbanek, '11, Sustainability Intern

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