Sustainable Design Program to Host Tuesday Night Lecture Series, Beginning March 29

For an upcoming lecture series on sustainability, the M.S. in Sustainable Design program will bring three industry leaders to campus as guest speakers beginning March 29.

Chris Rabb, a consultant and serial entrepreneur will speak in Downs Hall, Room D6, on Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. on “sustainable organizations, invisible capital and community wealth-building.” Rabb is a thought leader on the intersection of entrepreneurship, media, politics and social identity, and he is the author of Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity.

For his lecture, Rabb will discuss how entrepreneurial literacy and a deeper understanding of community wealth can radically improve how emerging and prospective entrepreneurs must function following a recession. Rabb will focus on how entrepreneurs and their advocates can secure their viability to benefit themselves and create more sustainable communities and local economies.

Originally from Chicago, Rabb graduated from Yale College and received an M.S. Organizational Dynamics Program at the University of Pennsylvania before settling at his current home in Mt. Airy.

On Tuesday, April 5, Ned Tillman, author of The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action, will give a lecture entitled “The Chesapeake Bay: Four Centuries of Human Impact and the Keys to a Sustainable Future.” The talk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Kanbar 306.

Tillman, a lifelong resident of the Chesapeake Bay area, worked for years in the environmental industry and currently consults organizations on how to achieve greater sustainability. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshal College and received a master’s degree in earth and environmental sciences from Syracuse University.

The final lecture in the series will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in Downs Hall, Room D6. Dianna Waters, president and founder of MayaMarc, Inc., a diversity consulting firm based in Philadelphia, will speak on diversity in the workplace.

Waters has provided seminars and workshops on diversity for corporations, non-profit organizations and in public and private school settings. She is a full-time faculty member of The Philadelphia Center, teaching a seminar on education and diversity. In addition to her work as a diversity specialist, Waters has been active in education reform and desegregation issues in the Philadelphia school system. She earned an Ed.D. at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.

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