Students + Alumni : Alison von Schlieder
Alison von Schlieder (MBA Candidate 2011)
SF State Net Impact Chapter Leader
Alison held a variety of positions prior to beginning her studies at SF State. She worked as the assistant to the VP of sales at Stone Brewing Co. in Southern California. Stone incorporates sustainability into every process and business decision that the company makes, which completely changed Alison’s view of the ways in which companies operate.
The sustainable business emphasis has provided Alison with a clearer understanding of the term “sustainability” and the ways in which it relates to business. In particular, she has enjoyed BUS 857 and MGMT 858, two of the required courses within the emphasis. They have taught her that “businesses that include sustainability into their strategies and business models are not only doing the right thing, they are creating an invaluable competitive advantage.”
While enrolled at SF State, Alison had the opportunity to volunteer with the Plastiki project. The Plastiki is a boat made primarily out of plastic that sailed from San Francisco to Sydney earlier this year. The goal of the Plastiki is to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans and the proliferation of single- use plastics. Volunteering in a space dedicated to educating the public about the Plastiki and plastic pollution, as well as assisting with lectures and events, showed Alison how “we as consumers have an enormous opportunity to change our behavior and its effects on the planet.” Alison provided the student body at SF State with the unique opportunity to learn more about the project when she brought the Plastiki’s founder, David de Rothschild, to the DTC for a presentation.
As the MBA program’s Net Impact Chapter Leader, Alison has played a significant role in organizing countless sustainability-focused events, both on and off campus. Alison’s position with Net Impact has given her a means by which to implement many of the leadership skills that she is learning in the classroom.