App State students attend Sustainable Business & Social Impact conference

Four Appalachian State University students recently attended the Sustainable Business & Social Impact (SBSI) conference at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

The students are Economics Junior Sitara Brent, Senior Sustainable Development Major Bella Carpenter, Senior Management Major Josh Derienzo, and Senior International Business Catie Holder. They were accompanied by Dr. Jim Westerman, James E. Holshouser Distinguished Professor in Ethics and chair of App State's Sustainable Business Steering Committee.

The event explores rapidly evolving opportunities in the fields of social impact and sustainability to bring positive and sustainable change. Each year, the conference brings together hundreds of attendees and speakers from the public, private, and social sectors to discuss innovative business models, collaborations and partnerships, and ideas that are creating lasting impact around the world. Learn more on the conference website,

The students' travel was sponsored in part by the Walker College Dean's Club.

About the Walker College Dean's Club

Contributions from Dean's Club members provide unrestricted support each year for critical needs in the college such as: student scholarships, travel funds for faculty and students to attend course-related conferences and/or visits to corporations, seed money for new programs or opportunities within the college, and resources to bring guest lecturers, such as leaders in business and government, to the classroom. Learn more about the Dean's Club at

About Sustainable Business at Appalachian

Appalachian’s Walker College of Business is committed to advancing sustainable business practices that promote responsible management of economic, social and natural resources. The theory and practice of sustainable business recognizes that the economy, environment and society (the triple bottom line) are interconnected and interdependent, and strives to enhance the business model so that it can flourish and thrive to benefit future generations. The college offers a sustainable business minor available to business and nonbusiness majors, a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy, and an MBA concentration in sustainable business. The programs focus on student engagement, research and community involvement. For more information, visit

The students are Economics Junior Sitara Bren, Senior Sustainable Development Major Bella Carpenter, Senior Management Major Josh Derienzo, and Senior International Business Catie Holder.
Published: Mar 21, 2024 1:46pm