Mentor, coach, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur are all labels that befit Katie Kross but what defines her is an underlying passion for sustainable business and an unyielding desire to make a difference in the world around her.
As Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, she manages Center operations, directs programming, and connects MBA students with classes, project opportunities, career support, and other resources to pursue their interests in energy, environment, and corporate sustainability roles.
Katie has spent nine years in university and nonprofit administration, including previous roles as president of the North Carolina Sustainability Center and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She has advised on sustainability strategy, business planning, and market research projects for a number of organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and is the author of Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability (Greenleaf Publishing, 2009). She is an active speaker at business schools around the country on sustainable business careers, and has counseled hundreds of students on their individual career paths.
Ms. Kross has served on the boards of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and the Triangle, North Carolina professional chapter of Net Impact. She holds a BA from Davidson College and an MBA from UNC.