Students Recognized for Leadership in Sustainable Global Enterprise

6/8/2012 4:50:00 PM

At the Dean’s Award Brunch during graduation weekend several students were recognized for their achievement and leadership in sustainable global enterprise while at Johnson.


At the Dean’s Award Brunch during graduation weekend, several students were recognized for their achievement and leadership in sustainable global enterprise while at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Two awards are given annually in honor of Samuel C. Johnson, whose own vision and leadership led to the establishment of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (SGE) at Johnson.  Award recipients were determined by an SGE alumni selection committee from nominations received from students, faculty and staff.

The Samuel C. Johnson Award in Sustainable Global Enterprise for Team Impact recognizes an outstanding team of students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership and made a lasting contribution that has helped to shape the sustainable global enterprise program at Johnson or increased the reputation of Johnson’s SGE program through a project, initiative, etc. 

2012 Award winnersThe 2012 Team Award was presented to Natalie Grillon, Stef Levner, and Jake Shirmer.  These three students – who also worked together as the 2011 SGE Club Facilitators – expended tremendous effort to raise the profile and broaden the impact of the SGE Program at Johnson.  In particular, their initiative and perseverance enabled the Career Management Center and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise to more effectively support students’ SGE career interests – leading to a better selection process for SGE career work groups and improve SGE presence during Orientation, the Core, and Destination Johnson.

Natalie Grillon was the recipient of this year’s Samuel C. Johnson Award in Sustainable Global Enterprise for Individual Leadership. This award recognizes an outstanding student who has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and/or scholarship in the area of Sustainable Global Enterprise while at Johnson.

Natalie has been distinguished over the past two years for her passion, enthusiasm, involvement, and leadership with regard to the sustainable global enterprise program at Johnson.  Among a number of notable achievements, Natalie served on the Cornell President’s Sustainable Campus Committee, has been actively involved in the helping to lay the groundwork for the creation of a Cornell Social Venture Fund, and provided individual mentorship and guidance to first year MBA students.
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“I can say from my own personal interactions with Natalie that she has been a thoughtful mentor and inspiration to me and my pursuit of a sustainability focused career.”

In May, it was announced that Natalie had been selected from over 1,000 applicants from 100 countries to be one of only 10 Acumen Fund Global Fellows in 2013. Natalie will spend the coming year receiving extensive leadership training and providing on-the-ground management support in either India, Pakistan, East Africa or West Africa to one of Acumen’s investee companies on the front lines of tackling global poverty.

Congratulations to all Samuel C. Johnson Sustainable Global Enterprise Award winners!

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