Join Us April 24th for the 1st Annual Sustainability Olympics!


Want to do something fun and good for the Earth? Join the Lokey Net Impact group for our first ever Sustainability Olympics on Thursday, April 24th from 12-1pm in the GSB foyer. Olympians will compete in teams of three on six different events. Events include: recycling and composting, native tree identification, energy & water conservation, public transportation navigation, and knowledge of local/seasonable food. Your team could take home the first ever GSB Gold medal! (Thought in the interest of having a low impact, this medal will be figurative…)

If you would like to join a team or volunteer at the Olympic Village (GSB foyer), please email Kristin at

Introducing the Lokey GSB Oath

As many of you know, the Lokey Net Impact team has been workingwith on bringing the Oath Project to the Lokey GSB. In conjunction with soon-to-be grads as well as first year students from the MBA, MBA/MA in Ed. Leadership, and MPP/MBA programs, we have customized The Oath to reflect the unique culture of the school and values of the students.

We proudly present the Lokey GSB Oath (fondly known as the “LIL Oath”).


The Lokey GSB Oath

As a reflective leader I recognize my role in society. My purpose is to serve people with integrity and manage resources to create shared economic and social value. My decisions affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside my organization, today and tomorrow.Therefore, I promise that, to the best of my ability:

  • I will manage with loyalty and care, and will not advance my personal interests at the expense of my organization or society.
  • I will act with transparency, diligence, and ethical responsibility to uphold the laws and contracts governing my conduct and that of myorganization
  • I will refrain from corruption, unfair competition, or business practices harmful to society.
  • I will respect the human rights and dignity of all people, and I will oppose discrimination and exploitation.
  • I will safeguard the health of the planet and the needs of future generations.
  • I will report the performance and risks of my organization accurately and honestly.
  • I will invest in developing myself and others, helping the management profession continue to advance and create sustainable and inclusive prosperity.
  • In exercising my professional duties according to these principles, I recognize that my behavior must set an example of integrity, eliciting trust and esteem from those I serve. I will remain accountable to my peers, to myself, and to society for my actions and for upholding these standards.

This oath I make freely, and upon my honor.


While we do not claim that the Lokey GSB Oath represents every student in these programs, we believe it captures the values of the school, which many of us chose because of its emphasis on socially responsible business practices.

Our first step in adopting the Oath at the LIL GSB is to incorporate a signing ceremony of new and recent grads as well as faculty that are so inclined. Moving forward, future Lokey Net Impact leaders will work with faculty and students to facilitate regular discourse on the meaning and value of the Oath and its adoption within the management profession, and to incorporate the Oath into the curriculum.

We hope that in the coming semesters, you will participate in the conversation around the Oath and help shape it and its legacy here at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business.

If you have any questions about the Oath Project or the Lokey GSB Oath, please feel free to ask anyone on the current Net Impact leadership team (Jesse Biringer, Dana Maralason, Michelle Peterson, Kristin Gaspar, Elizabeth Judge, or Neveen Acero).  

Many thanks go out to Alison Ross, Alexandra Holy, Daniel McDonnell, Emeline Contreras, Hazel Jay, Hernando Buitrago, Marcella Diaz-Engmann, Wes McGaughey, Professor Ed Quevedo, Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands, and Erika Adams for helping to launch this initiative. The entire Net Impact team is grateful for their help and for the support of the Dean and Faculty.

Congratulations and Welcome to the 2014-2015 Leadership Team

We’re thrilled to announce the new leadership team for 2014-2015:

  • Hernando Buitrago, President
  • Lucinda Speed, VP of Development
  • Alex Holy, VP of Events
  • Marcela Engman, VP of Marketing
  • Nicole Moreno, VP of Social Media
  • Emeline Contreras and Epic George, Co-VPs of Partnerships
  • Hazel Jay, VP of Membership
We are confident they bring many great skills and capabilities. Please join us in welcoming them on board!

Vote Now for Your 2014-2015 Net Impact Leadership Team!

We couldn’t be happier about this great group of student professionals taking the lead and we’re confident that they’ll be of great service to the entire student body, our program and the greater community!

Please show your support and officially vote them into office. Follow the link here. The voting period is Feb. 27 – Mar. 4. Results will be announced Mar. 5!

And if you can, please join us at a Member Meeting to hear more from the Candidates:

  • Thursday February 27th from 12 – 1:00 pm in Rm 117
  • Monday March 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Rm 109 (Please vote with your feet and attend if you can so that we can see if there is enough interest to schedule a regular monthly evening meeting.)

Election Update: Meet the Candidates – Lokey Net Impact Leadership Team 2014-2015!

Meet the candidates and get to know why they are running and how they plan to represent Lokey Net Impact by browsing their profiles below. Please join us at one of our upcoming meetings on Feb. 27 and Mar. 3 to support the election of your new Leadership Team!

Please note: We’ve extended the application deadline through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. We are accepting applications for all roles but are particularly interested in finding candidates for our VP of Partnerships and VP of Membership positions. Click here for the Leadership Team Application.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Feb. 27, 2014, 12pm-12.50pm, GSB 117: Pitches by Candidates
  • Mar. 3, 2014, 6pm-7pm, GSB 109: Pitches by Candidates
  • Feb. 27-Mar. 4, 2014: Online Voting Period
  • Mar. 5, 2014: New Team Announced!

Candidate Profiles


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Hernando Buitrago

Personal Statement


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Lucinda Speed

Personal Statement


Alexandra Holy

Alexandra Holy

Personal Statement


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Marcela Engmann

Personal Statement


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Nicole Moreno

Personal Statement


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Emeline Contreras

Personal Statement

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Epic George

Personal Statement


Hazel Jay

Hazel Jay

Personal Statement

Election Time! Leadership Team 2014-2015

It’s time to start planning for our next leadership team! Joining the Lokey Net Impact Leadership Team is a great way to build leadership experience, practice new skills, and contribute to and help shape our school’s character and programming.

We will be holding elections for the following positions for Fall 2014-Spring 2015:

Applications can be found here: Leadership Team Application 14 – 15

Important dates:

  • Feb. 20, 2014: Applications Due (Please note: we will be posting applications on our website so members can learn about all the candidates.)
  • Feb. 27, 2014: Pitches by Candidates at our Monthly Member Meeting
  • Feb. 27-Mar. 4, 2014: Online Voting Period
  • Mar. 5, 2014: New Team Announced!

To help ensure a smooth leadership transition, we want to provide support and training to new Leadership Team members. We will be asking the new Team to join some of our leadership meetings this semester; meet with advisors Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands and Professor Ed Quevedo; and hopefully put on a Net Impact event in April! Please feel free to reach out to any of the current Team members if you want to learn more about what leadership entails, have questions about specific positions, or would like support in applying for a position.

Helpful Links and Resources for SRB/Sustainability

CSRB Funded Internship Opportunities

The CSRB’s Office for Applied Research, which provides students’ opportunities to do important research and get published, has funded internship opportunities available. Click here for descriptions and if you are interested in these or other project opportunities, contact Ed Quevedo (

Silicon Valley Leadership Group: The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is involved in sustainability, community development and business and is looking for two students to conduct a survey of green supply chains and make recommendations to member companies. Look for details in next week’s MBA updates!

E&J Gallo Winery: Gallo Winery is looking for 2 students to do a teaching case on Gallo Winery’s journey towards sustainable development, which will run through the end of Spring term. The case will be published. Gallo Winery is also looking for 1 student to help run management system for sustainability. All 3 students will be working directly with Matt & Gina Gallo

National Net Impact Conference

Excited to see you all in San Jose! Below are categories of information for you to use a resource:


Conference Location: The San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Mills Shuttle: The shuttle will be leaving Mills at 7AM sharp on Friday morning and returning to Mills on leaving San Jose at 9PM to return to Mills. Details for Saturday will be announced soon, but plan for a similar schedule.

Convention Center parking is available for a fee; information on additional parking can be found here.


Promoting Mills:

Goal is to have 75% of all attendees at the conference know about our Lokey GSB by the time they leave the conference. Please wear you Mills buttons, and hand out postcards (if you have them) about the CSRB/Net Impact conference.

Encourage conference attendees to visit our booth during the expo on Friday.

Also, please consider actively using social media to share thoughts/reflections while you are at the conference. Twitter handles to use include: @LokeyGSB, @SoulfulMBA, @CSRBMills. The conference hashtag is #NI13.


Sessions that Mills students helped design and may feature other Mills Faculty:

From Micro to Macro: Microenterprise as a Strategy for Community Revitalization (designed by Dean Deborah and a student)

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM, October 26 2013


Society & Schools: Education Trends That Drive Change

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM, October 26 2013


Rewiring the Classroom: Ed Tech as a Catalyst for Community Development

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, October 25 2013


Sessions that feature our very own Professor Ed Quevedo as a speaker or moderator:

*Featured* Forward-Looking Finance: How to Make Capitalism More Sustainable

Friday, October 25 2013 10:15 AM


Nonprofit vs. For-profit: The Battle of Skills for Pathbending Leadership

Friday, October 25 2013 2:45 PM


Grooming a New Generation: A Salon for Faculty and Career Services

Friday, October 25 2013 4:30 PM


Equipping a New Generation for Impact: A Session for Faculty and Career Services

Saturday, October 26 2013 1:30 PM


Friday Night Happy Hour:

Please join us at Vino Vino in San Jose for our a happy hour with Dean Deborah. So we have an idea of how many plan to attend, please RSVP:


Bring it to the Conference!

Dress is business casual, you might want to bring layers and/or an extra pair of comfortable shoes.

Bring business cards, a portfolio/binder to carry papers, possibly a few resumes.

Tablet/laptop, notebook, or whatever you take notes on.

Also don’t forget your 5 Top Networking Tips card!