BGI announces new programs, partnerships and initiatives as part of sustainable strategy


Finding a new home: Pioneer Square in Seattle became the downtown campus last fall, allowing expansion into a “Metro” MBA program. They share space with Impact HUB (a network of co-working spaces across the nation), and Social Venture Partners (a collaborative of charitable investors) filling the building with energy, creativity, and spontaneous collaboration.

Creating a platform of synergistic academic programs: By living side by side, the graduate degrees Organizational Leadership MA (offered by Organization Systems Renewal — “OSR”) and MBA in Sustainable Business offer students, leaders, and the world new thinking and new skills.

Publishing and developing digital courseware: Beginning this fall, business schools nation-wide must include sustainability in their curriculum. To stay ahead of the game, promote sustainable business education and align with the BGI mission to help other business schools integrate sustainability into the heart of their programs, we are working with our pioneering faculty to create digital learning products.

Providing a home for innovative educational programs: Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE),  a grant funded program is now part of the BGI family. CIE offer accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and other support to empower people in low-wealth and under served communities to start and grow profitable small businesses, create jobs, and build sustainable community resilience and wealth.

Communicating with the world: We are looking at adopting a name for the “larger holding company” that will best represent the collective whole of our growing efforts. To this end, a board committee has been working with a well-respected firm, Methodologie, and we eagerly anticipate the release of a brand name that will serve as a shared umbrella for all of our united efforts by the start of the new year.