UC Davis Graduate School of Management Commencement Speech
By Nancy Pfund: Good Morning, and congratulations! Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2015 for your very significant achievement and to your parents, families, and friends who share your joy today and who have supported you along this journey. I see many happy and proud faces in the audience, and I know the hours of hard work and the all-nighters that it took you to get here, so enjoy every minute of this graduation weekend!
I would also like to extend my thanks to Dean Ann Huff Stevens, and the faculty and staff of UC Davis Graduate School of Management for inviting me to speak today. I’ve had the chance to work with many folks at UC Davis over the years and have learned so much from so many of you. I’d like to give a special shoutout to my friends at the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, Professor Emerita Nicole Woolsey Biggart and Executive Director Ben Finkelor.
Today, I’d like to tell you why I think now is one of the most exciting times to enter the workforce, especially with a business degree as you are all about to receive. The reason for my excitement is that I believe that, unlike the world I grew up in, where business was business and civil society was civil society, where working in the corporate sector meant making a chunk of change but making SOCIAL change was left to activists, today these distinctions are fading away and you don’t need to accept what I call an “either/or” life. This fundamental shift in the private sector’s ability to fuel and scale innovation and create great companies, as well as address the core social and environmental challenges of our age, is nothing short of a revolution. You are in on the ground floor of a movement that holds enormous promise for both personal fulfillment and societal engagement. In a phrase, this shift allows you to pursue not just a career, but a calling. Along the way, you all stand to benefit from the deep satisfaction that comes from working to make the world a better place for you and for future generations.
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