Center for Responsible Business to Celebrate 10 Years with Reception, Sustainability Workshop

The Center for Responsible Business (CRB) will celebrate its 10th anniversary March 20 with an evening reception for the entire Haas community and a daylong workshop on sustainability for business school alumni.

The center has grown from an educational startup focused on establishing corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an integrated business strategy and necessity for business success into a mature organization with five associated faculty, 10 classes each year, and more than 1,200 alumni.

During its decade of existence, CRB has helped place graduating MBA students in socially responsible leadership positions at such companies as Yahoo!, HP, Google, Wal-Mart and Ernst & Young. CRB also has also launched the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, the first fund of its kind at a top-tier business school.  In recognition of its sustainability efforts, Businessweek last month ranked Haas #3 in the nation for Top MBA Schools for Sustainability in 2012, following the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business.

To commemorate its successes, CRB invites Haas students, alumni, faculty, and staff to a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 20 at Gap Inc. corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The event will honor CRB founder Kellie McElhaney, now the center's faculty director; showcase such alumni as Kirsten Tobey, MBA 06, co-founder of Revolution Foods; and feature a talk with John Viera, Ford Motor Co.’s director of sustainability and environmental policy.

Earlier in the day, the center will hold a Leading Sustainable Change Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Autodesk for Haas alumni. Led by top Haas faculty (including McElhaney and Senior Lecturer Sara Beckman)and change-maker alumni, the day will help participants learn new tools for integrating sustainability into their workplace or career; gain new skills and the mindset for leading sustainable change; and find new ways to align values with work. Speakers will include Jeff Klein, director of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and CEO of Working for Good; Dave Sherman, MBA 85, associate principal of Blu Skye; and Tiffany Shlain, BA 92 (Film Theory), filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards.

The cost for the workshop is $225, including a VIP reception at the evening celebration. The evening reception only is $40. To register for the evening event at Gap Inc., visit

To register for the workshop, visit   If the link doesn’t work for you, please send your contact information (name, preferred email address, job title, company name, and program/year) to [email protected].

Read about the early days of CRB on the center's Redefining Business Blog.