Focusing on the Triple Bottom Line
Sally Harris, Eller MBA ’14
By Phillip Childress
Eller MBA ’14
Sally Harris is passionate about preserving our physical environment, and it shows. Harris sits on the board of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving endangered seeds of native plants. The organization now holds over 1,800 seeds from the Southwestern U.S.
Harris is also actively involved in the Eller chapter of the Net Impact program, a nonprofit organization focused on environmental issues. She explained that the organization is concerned with the “triple bottom line,” including how societies’ actions impact the environment, economy, and social relationships. Harris said she is concerned about social patterns of modern life in the U.S. “I feel we build these walls around us so we no longer interact with each other,” she said. “It affects our relationships, our families, and even how we do business. It is essential we look to public and private partnerships to fix our economy and address our social issues.”
Harris holds a degree from Florida State University in international business with a minor in Spanish. In addition to her MBA, she is pursuing a masters in planning degree, focusing on environmental studies. She chose the University of Arizona due to its small class size, curriculum, and hands-on experiential approach to learning. Her career goal is to be directly involved in long-term strategy development in sustainability planning.
Harris said she has already benefited greatly from her time at Eller, pointing to developing team dynamics, including delegation. She also credits the program with improving her presentation skills, and said she gets less nervous, controls her emotions better, and keeps a handle on being defensive.
Harris is a graduate assistant for Eller MBA academic services, and she contributes articles for the weekly MBA academic newsletter. When not studying, she enjoys yoga and intramural sports.
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