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Sustainability Institute welcomes responsible business thought leader Carol Sanford April 18

Carol Sanford at TEDxBerkeley 2014: "Rethink. Redefine. Recreate." Her talk is titled "The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game Changing Archetypes."
April 6, 2015

Carol Sanford, author of “The Responsible Business” and “The Responsible Entrepreneur,” will be a featured speaker on April 18 during the Sustainability Institute’s inaugural Reinvention Fund Symposium.

Sanford has consulted with companies such as Seventh Generation, Intel, Dupont, and Colgate-Palmolive, and her work has also been used in a Google Innovation Lab. Sanford’s books are required reading at leading business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley and MIT.

Sanford’s April 18 keynote address “Catalyzing Innovation: Local Economies, Entrepreneurship and Education in a Living Systems Paradigm” will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in Ballrooms CDE of the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus of Penn State. Sanford’s lecture is sponsored by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and the Reinvention Fund. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“Carol's thinking is unique, innovative, and grounded in frameworks that are powerful in any context,” said Denice Wardrop, director of the Sustainability Institute. “I can positively assure everyone who hears her speak that you will leave with an idea to make your work better and more impactful.”

She holds undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley in economics and public law and a graduate degree from California State University, San Jose in urban planning.

Central to Sanford’s philosophy and approach is a fresh look at what makes an organization truly innovative and responsible. “It’s important to find out what differentiates a business from the crowd,” Sanford says, “and then thinking about how to innovate in business so that workers/suppliers, communities, societies, and ecology, investors — as a whole, are improved. These are not separate but interwoven pursuits. It’s completely doable, and a conversation worth having.”

Visit for the Reinvention Fund Symposium full agenda.

Prior to her lecture, the Sustainability Institute will also host a book signing and reception with Sanford from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at New Leaf Initiative, 243 S Allen St. #337, State College, Pennsylvania.

The book signing, symposium and Sanford’s keynote address are all free and open to the public.

For more information about Carol Sanford, visit or watch her talk from TedXBerkeley. For more information about sustainability at Penn State visit

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