Rawls Alumnus Ralph Jarvis Details Sustainability to Students
By: Trevor Bell
Rawls student business leaders gained invaluable insights on effective leadership skills and impactful sustainability efforts when Rawls alumnus Ralph Jarvis (B.B.A. in Management, 1973) visited last week. Jarvis, a world-renowned sustainability expert and founder of Jarvis Business Solutions, spoke with students about the importance of sustainability, how it affects businesses and how students can specialize in this field to find success upon graduation.
"When it comes to sustainability, most companies are leaving something on the table or don't quite know what to do with it. There's a vast opportunity to use sustainability to strategically lower costs of an operation," Jarvis said. "Sustainability should also positively affect society, and these students can use their education to learn more about this to improve their career prospects."
In addition to his sustainability presentation to students in the Rawls Business Leadership Program, Jarvis spoke to Rawls Ambassadors and Rawls graduate students about the influence of a global economy, emerging markets and how to become a leader in these areas. Jarvis also detailed his career path and offered advice for students.
"I hope that the students gathered some understanding about sustainability. From there, I hope that they can take what I spoke about and translate it into an aspiration that will affect their careers," he said. "I essentially want to inform to inspire."
Students who viewed the presentation felt that Jarvis positively related to their goals and easily explained how sustainability can be applied to business.
"Mr. Jarvis's points were incredibly valuable to me as a student pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management. By its very nature, supply chain is all about sustainability, and there is an immense opportunity to utilize his lessons to help cut costs," Alex Lyon, who will graduate in May 2015, said.
"I thought Mr. Jarvis brought very interesting perspectives on the importance of sustainability to our culture. His views apply to both corporations and the society as a whole, as there is now a trend to take care of the environment and do so in a profitable way," Regan Head, an Accounting major in the 150-hour program, said. "I think everyone can get on board."
This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.
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