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Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture

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The annual Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture honors a member of the MBA Class of ’87, and was founded by his peers to foster environmental responsibility among business students.

The lecture series ignited new conversations on campus at a time when awareness of climate change was very low. Over the years, these conversations became ubiquitous on the Stanford GSB campus and beyond.

The Sustainable Business Club, the Food and Agriculture Club, and the Energy Club run regular events, including events featuring speakers or panels, small group dinners, career support groups, and retreats. These activities support students in developing their knowledge and networks around topics related to water, energy, food, sustainable supply chains, conservation, biodiversity, and more.

Just as the environmental conversation is now part of the DNA of the school, the Conradin von Gugelberg lecture has become part of the fabric of the school and is offered within Stanford GSB’s signature Global Speaker Series.

2016 Memorial Lecture

In a student-led conversation on May 13, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, discussed his insights on environmental sustainability efforts within today’s business environment.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman: Pursue Your Purpose
Paul Polman: Pursue Your Purpose
“You need to have something where you want to have an impact and that aligns with your values. It will drive your passion.”