Jay Friedlander is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and founder of one of the first sustainable business programs in the U.S. Incorporating entrepreneurship throughout the program, students start ventures for academic credit in COA's venture accelerator - the Diana Davis Spencer Hatchery. Private foundations, the National Science Foundation, NASA, USDA and others have supported his program with $3,700,000 in grants and endowment funds.
Named as one of 50 people “Charting Maine’s Future”, Professor Friedlander experiences span impact entrepreneurship, academia and strategic consulting to the Fortune 100. Professor Friedlander merged his academic research and professional experiences to create the Abundance Cycle. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, MITSloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Entrepreneur, Triple Pundit, Fortune, and dozens of other media outlets. His article published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review was recently named as one of their top 10 articles addressing climate change.
Professor Friedlander is a Babson College Senior Fellow in Social Innovation, where he has taught one of the first sustainable business courses in their MBA program. Professor Friedlander is a frequent speaker on sustainable innovation and enterprise. He has given talks to business and academic groups in the United States, as well as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the European Union. Professor Friedlander holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College, where he graduated as Valedictorian.