Kellie McElhaney
Director, Center for Responsible Business, University of California Haas School of Business

We are finally seeing sustainability emerge as a business fundamental in a smart company’s corporate strategy portfolio, along side of innovation, opportunity recognition, cost reduction, access to capital, brand and social media, and talent management. This indicates to me that sustainability is here to stay, and no longer tossed aside as a passing fad.

Based in Berkeley, Kellie is the Alexander Faculty Fellow and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She launched this center in 2003, which has helped place corporate responsibility squarely as one of the core competencies and competitive advantages of the Haas School. Kellie teaches courses on Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility at the MBA and Executive Education levels and her research focused on (1) analyzing and developing companies’ CSR strategies, (2) exploring the linkage between women, business leadership and CSR, (3) the business value and opportunities in branding, communication and CSR., and (4) the power of social technology to leverage corporate responsibility and good. She has written a book on this third topic, entitled Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand.

Kellie consults to several Global 1000 companies in developing integrated CSR strategy, bridging her academic focus with the practitioner world. She is a highly engaging and motivational public speaker in the area of CSR, and has keynoted at major conferences, leadership summits, and corporate events all over the world. She serves on the Sustainability & Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the Dow Chemical Company and the boards for Globescan, VolunteerMatch, and Soul of Haiti, which she helped to found with a group of Irish CEOs in 2007 to support social enterprise and economic development through commerce in Haiti.

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