NIB Q&A: Dr. Ryan Raffety, Assistant Professor of Management Strategy & Sustainability, Simmons School of Management

MeasuringDataPanel_RyanRaffetyDr. Ryan Raffety, Assistant Professor of Management Strategy and Sustainability, Simmons School of Management, will be participating in the “Challenges With Measuring Data” panel at the 2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 27.

Professor Raffety’s research analyzes federal hazardous waste repositories to examine how different configurations of corporate ownership influence hazardous waste processing. Sign up today for the opportunity to join the panel discussion with Ryan and learn from his experiences.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
Reading Jared Diamond’s book Collapse.

What’s the most interesting/most challenging aspect of your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is trying to draw boundaries around course materials for a 14 week class. A commitment to environmental sustainability requires a broad interest in cross-disciplinary learning in sociology, economics, business, and political science. It is often difficult for students to understand the big picture without exploring each of these avenues, but the academic schedule limits the amount of material that can be covered.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
Always remember who you are and what you represent. Many people won’t get it, and that’s OK. Win the hearts and minds of those you can.

The theme for the Career Summit 2015 is ‘Impact Across Industries’ – do you think it is important for different industries and sectors to come together to tackle social and environmental issues and why?
All sectors should tackle and prevent negative externalities. However, different industries have different environmental and societal impacts and face different challenges. Identifying a common agenda across industries is less important than each sector doing what it can to reduce its negative impact and advance the common good.

Sign up today for the Career Summit on February 27 and prepare to be inspired!

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