Work and Organization Studies Group (WOS)
Jason Jay is Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. His personal mission is to help people to connect the truth within to the truth outside – to realize a life of meaning and positive impact in an era of profound global challenges. His perspective on sustainability comes from hiking in Boulder, Colorado and the Himalayas; from becoming part of his wife’s family in West Bengal, India; from his teachers and students at MIT; and from being a father and reluctant consumer in the suburbs. Dr. Jay directs the strategy and implementation of the MIT Sloan School’s goals toward including sustainability content in the curriculum for all students, and building a community of innovators for sustainability. He spearheads the Initiative’s fundraising efforts and engagement with industry and policymakers. He co-teaches the flagship course series Strategies for Sustainable Business and Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), and teaches executive education programs on sustainability for MIT. His research examines how people navigate the tension between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts.
Operations Management/System Dynamics
John Sterman's research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He has projects underway on communicating about climate change to policy makers and the public, and on creating markets for alternative fuel vehicles.
Bethany Patten is the Associate Director of the Sustainability Initiative.
Bethany Patten joined as the Associate Director of theSustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management after completing their Executive MBA program in 2013. At MIT Sloan, she engages student, alumni and external collaborators in the mission of the Initiative -- to create a community of innovators for a sustainable future. In that role, she works on everything from campus sustainability, to Sustainable Urban Revitalization. Prior to attending MIT Sloan, she focused on business and financial operations for the book publishing industry. Her values are deeply seeded by her parents and grandparents, who taught her how to be always be respectful of people and the planet. Bethany has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in English and Women's Studies from Boston College.
Strategic Marketing Manager
Karen Horwitz is Strategic Marketing Manager for the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan.
Karen leads communication of the Sustainability Initiative’s strategy to alumni, donors, and partners while also supporting student communication efforts. Since joining, she helped define the Initiative’s strategy and led the redesign of the Sustainability Initiative’s website. Karen also works at the MIT Sloan Office of Communications and brings her knowledge of school-wide communication efforts to her work at the Sustainability Initiative. Her interest in sustainability stems from the values passed down from her family: to appreciate what you have, to have compassion for other people and to keep consumption to a minimum. Karen holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Gloria Clark is the Program Assistant for the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. Gloria works behind the scenes for the Initiative, assisting with scheduling and event planning of various projects, such as the Lunch Series and the Action-Learning Sustainability Course “S-Lab.” Her interest in Sustainability stems from a broad interest in improving human rights and progressing social standards. Gloria holds an MA in Theatre from Illinois State University and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.