On an MUM Rotating University Course at Maharishi Ezemvelo Rural University, South Africa
With his parents at the 2013 graduation ceremony
With fellow participants at the National Sustainable Business Summit in October 2013
Matthew Lindberg-Work — Coordinating Sustainable Economic Development
Matthew Lindberg-Work, a 2013 graduate of the MBA in sustainable business, was hired in July as a staff member of the Iowa Sustainable Business Alliance (ISBA). Part of his responsibilities included attending the National Sustainable Business Summit in October in Washington, D.C., where he met with the environmental staff for several members of Congress involved in legislation for sustainable business practices.
Matthew first came to MUM in 1999 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in Sustainable Living in 2004. Then he gained valuable organizational and teaching experience while working at Maharishi School, in an organic natural food co-op in Maryland, and at MUM as a physiology and health teaching assistant. He also held the volunteer position of president of the MUM Alumni Association.
Being part of the MUM community, helping with the Ecofair, and watching MUM become a sustainable campus inspired Matthew to take the sustainable MBA program. “The sustainable business professors are truly brilliant,” he said. “They are able to articulate the power of business as a force for personal development, project development, and social order. They are also aware that the number one thing that makes a business successful is the strength of the individuals involved.”
At ISBA, Matthew is focusing on educating the public about sustainable business practices. "This position is the perfect entry point for me because my whole ambition in my green MBA training has been to coordinate sustainable economic development," said Matthew. The goal of the ISBA is to bring together Iowa businesses and organizations that have made sustainability a priority and to showcase their accomplishments so that other businesses and organizations will follow their lead.
Matthew is also working on his own educational consulting company, as well as assisting a handicraft co-op in Fairfield that helps artists market their products. Many of the artists are MUM students who are starting their first businesses.