MIT Sloan is ‘a place where ideas are invented, not just practiced’

Prior to business school, Shawn Basak worked in the sustainability field for four years. He came to MIT Sloan because he “wanted to be at a place where ideas are invented, not just practiced.”

There’s a lot of talk in sustainability about what should be done; MIT Sloan is showing how it can be done.

Before business school, Shawn Basak spent four years working in the field of sustainability at Mission Measurement, a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps organizations use data and analytics to improve their social impact programs.

“Companies struggle with these issues,” says Shawn. “I know how much it takes to move the needle.”

He decided on MIT Sloan because he “wanted to be at a place where ideas are invented, not just practiced.” As a student, Shawn says he’s continually struck by “the precision with which MIT Sloan tackles challenges” related to sustainability. “There’s a lot of talk in the field about what should be done; MIT Sloan is showing how it can be done.”

The Sustainability Lunch Series is a great example, he says. “It’s posing questions like: What’s the return on investment of an employee volunteer program? What’s the most effective way to finance a green product? These are all-encompassing questions that are broadly applicable to organizations trying to execute on this stuff.”

Today Shawn works closely with the staff at the Sustainability Initiative to source speakers for the Sustainability Summit and to identify potential hosts of S-Lab projects. “MIT Sloan is open to student contributions and collaboration,” he says. “It’s entrepreneurship at work.”