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Michigan Ross Hosts 2024 ClimateCAP MBA Summit This Weekend

ClimateCAP Summit at Michigan Ross

Garlin Gilchrist II, State of Michigan Lieutenant Governor, and Sharon F. Matusik, Edward J. Frey Dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, will speak about the business opportunities and risks of climate change. Gilchrist will speak at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Michigan Stadium. Dean Matusik will speak at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at Michigan Ross.

Michigan Ross will host more than 500 MBA students and business leaders from around the country on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 9-10) for the fourth annual ClimateCAP MBA Summit. Students will learn about the business implications and risks of climate change and what promising innovations and entrepreneurship opportunities are emerging.

“The theme of the two-day conference is ‘Sustainability in Motion’ because we wanted to signal the rapid speed required to address the climate crisis and put out a call to action for MBAs to explore careers and functions where they can have an impact,” said Alex Reid, MBA/MS ’24, who is a co-chair for the event. “Things are moving quickly, and companies are eager to innovate and build our clean economy.”

Organized by Michigan Ross students, ClimateCAP will provide future business leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to manage the future of mobility, the greenwashing dilemma, regenerative food systems, and much more. Attendees will explore solutions for a more sustainable and equitable business ecosystem. Speakers from organizations such as NextEra Energy Inc., Inc., Meijer Inc., Trane Technologies, Pacifico Energy, EnergyRE, Chevron Corp., Marathon Capital, The Related Companies L.P., and more will share with students how they are thinking about mitigating climate risks, developing net zero strategies, transforming supply chains, and investing in innovation opportunities.

“This year, for the first time, we are bringing in a panel of young professionals who graduated with their MBAs three to five years ago and are working in climate jobs,” said Sarah Cohen, MBA ‘24, another co-chair for the event. “I am excited to hear from people just a few years ahead of me who are finding ways to impact the climate, and I think this panel will be especially inspiring for attendees.”

On Friday afternoon, Dean Matusik will join Ann Harrison, dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, Andrew Karolyi, dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, and Stu Hart, founding faculty director of U-M’s Erb Institute and one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy, for a roundtable discussing climate and business education. The discussion will be live-streamed.

Gilchrist will deliver remarks at the summit’s closing dinner hosted at Michigan Stadium on Saturday night.

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