HHI Series: 3 MBA Students Take on HHI Challenge at Seattle Children's Hospital

Recorded On: 05/27/2015

Session Description

3 MBA Students. 9 Months. One Sustainability Challenge. Find out what happened! Seattle Children's Hospital has pioneered a Sustainability Fellowship Program in partnership with Pinchot University's Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Bainbridge Graduate Institute is the first business school in the country to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business. BGI's mission is to prepare learners from diverse backgrounds to design, lead and evolve enterprises that contribute to the common good. Graduates from BGI are experts at moving organizations towards profitability and responsibility at the same time. Through a competitive process three candidates were selected to spend nine months working on a sustainability challenge at Seattle Children's Hospital. This year, the program focused on three of the Healthier Hospital Initiative Challenges: Safer Chemicals Challenge, Healthier Foods - Local/Sustainable Food Challenge, and the Balanced Menus Challenges. Learn about the challenges and successes of three business school students working for nine months to super-charge a hospital's sustainability performance. Can your hospital partner with a graduate program to take your sustainability program to the next level? Find out how directly from this year's class of Sustainability Fellows at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to partner with educational institutions to super-charge hospital sustainability programs.
  • Understand the process of stakeholder engagement, community engagement, and the systems change necessary to transition to hyper-local food sourcing
  • Identify key metrics to track local and sustainable foods
  • Through the challenges of an MBA student who embedded for nine months in the sourcing department, understand the process of benchmarking and learn the useful tools that could be implemented in your operations.


Liz Smith, MBA Candidate, June 2015,Seattle Children's/Pinchot University

As an MBA candidate of Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University, it is Liz's belief that holistic health and nutrition begin with the food on our plate; and the wholesomeness of that food is dependent upon the care with which it was grown, transported, and prepared. Liz works at the intersection between agriculture and healthcare. It is her mission to strengthen local economies by providing farmers with viable markets, while simultaneously strengthening the healthcare system by bringing nourishing, sustainably produced food into Hospital kitchens. This mission is strengthened by a working knowledge of the food system across the supply chain. She has a graduate certificate in Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems from Pinchot University, two years' experience working at the intersection of technology and food with her tech startup, and over seven years' experience working alongside farmers, community builders, and makers doing grassroots community development. The healthcare system has an amazing opportunity to partner with the leaders of their regional food system, in turn creating holistic resiliency in the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve. If this is a conversation you are interested in engaging in, please contact Liz during the conference.

Aric Ho, Academic Sponsor, Pinchot University

Aric believes that understanding multiple perspectives is critical to systemic change. Over the past 17 years, he has intentionally shaped his career to gain experience in several industries including: healthcare, higher education, IT, emergency services, and hospitality, to name a few. Now, he uses his diverse perspectives and skills to foster trust and innovation among stakeholders, which he believes is critical to survival and prosperity. He is currently the Academic Sponsor and Program Manager for Pinchot University, helping them to build synergistic relationships with local organizations, including Seattle Children's Hospital. He also helps teach two courses, Organizational Leadership, and Leadership & Personal Development at Pinchot University. He strives to create a world where people, organizations, and the planet can thrive and live in abundance.

Anthony Gromko, MBA Candidate, June 2015, Seattle Children's/Pinchot University

Anthony Gromko has worked both locally and abroad to create positive systemic change at the community level for the past 12 years. He currently works with Mercy Corps Northwest, a nonprofit that strives to build more just, productive, and resilient communities in Oregon and Washington through community economic development. Anthony leads the organization's efforts in new program development, resource management and stewardship, community integration, and stakeholder engagement in Washington. He is currently completing his MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) at Pinchot University. Over the past year, Anthony has participated in collaboration between Pinchot University and Seattle Children's Hospital to advance the Healthier Hospital Initiative's Smarter Purchasing-EPEAT Challenge and to establish a green purchasing program with Children's strategic sourcing team. Adminstration/Finance/Leadership

Kevin Adams, MBA Candidate, June 2015, Seattle Children's/Pinchot University

Kevin has 7 years' experience working in environmental management and stakeholder engagement. He has collaborated with federal, state and municipal teams to engage multifaceted issues such as oil spill emergency response, ecological restoration, fisheries management and community outreach. After working for the the National Marine Fisheries Service and Office of Habitat Restoration he set his sights on creating positive change in the business world. He believes every player in the seafood supply chain, from fishers to distributors and consumers, holds powerful potential for stewardship of our marine resources. His passion lies in developing community partnerships to redefine our relationship with seafood. Kevin is presently pursuing his MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University with a focus in supply chain management and food and agricultural systems.


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3 MBA Students Take on HHI Challenge at Seattle Children's Hospital
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