L. Hunter Lovins
With Kathy Hipple, Partner, Noosphere Marketing
Finance is the mother of all human systems. In order to meet the challenge facing us, from shifting to renewable energy and implementing regenerative agriculture, we have to change finance.
Kathy, who once sold bonds to Japanese institutions at Merrill Lynch and founded and ran Ambassador, a large media company in New York City, stresses that all her students in the rigorous two-semester Bard MBA Finance sequence master financial and managerial accounting, financial statement analysis, behavioral finance, and corporate finance. A module on impact finance and investing then allows students to showcase their hard-earned finance skills in real-life projects. While all her material is presented through the lens of sustainability, Kathy ensures that students know the core principles of finance.
“Through finance, students can focus their passion for creating change. By mastering basic business terms and concepts they can make a solid business case for their projects,” notes Kathy. “A deep foundation in finance is key to bringing their ideas to fruition.”