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Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. has made it her life purpose to promote change accelerators. Aware of the complex challenges our planet (and us in it) are facing, she works alongside those who can make an impact on a greater scale. She developed the sustainability mindset, a concept she researched by studying business leaders who championed corporate initiatives with a positive impact on the environment and the community. What inspired these leaders to act in a business-as-unusual way? She is the convener of LEAP!, a global network of business school professors promoting the sustainability mindset, based on a program she teaches at Fordham University, NY. She is the author of BIG BANG BEING: Developing the Sustainability Mindset and has published over 140 articles and book chapters.
She is a partner with LIM LLC and co-founder of the charitable organization Minervas: Women Changing the World. Isabel earned her doctorate at Columbia University, has her MBA from Universidad de Palermo and a BA in Psychology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She can be reached at (

Entries by Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Love Will Save My Place

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 6:46 PM

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I was reading the controversial Canadian journalist Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything, recommended by a colleague who decided to make it mandatory reading in his business school classes at Fordham University. Intrigued by what he may have found...

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There Is Life After Black Friday

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 3:16 PM

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As a person who spent a great part of her life in a country where sales happen four times a year -- at the end of each season -- I have to say I have been amazed to discover the many...

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Training the Citizen Muscle

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 1:23 PM

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A few days ago I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and saw multiple ads on the streets inviting citizens to gather in their neighborhood square on Nov, 13, at 8 p.m., with pots and pans, to protest against...

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Trust Is a Weird Thing

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:29 PM

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Trust is a weird thing. "It has to be deserved," I once said to a person I just met and got him really upset. He believed that trust was to be given upfront, and not giving it was...

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Business as Agent for World Benefit?

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 4:59 PM

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If this statement sounds a bit odd to you, let me share with you the theme of the conference that took place last week in Cleveland, Ohio: "Flourish and Prosper." Organized by the Weatherhead School of Management at Case...

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(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:25 PM

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Sometimes silence is the loudest voice.

Over the past weeks I've been mostly on the road. Argentina, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mexico, Cleveland. Each of these destinations was filled with colorful and emotional experiences: powerful encounters, noisy cities, endless traffic jams,...

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Wifi Connected But No Connection

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:17 PM

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I was sitting at the gate in the International Airport of Dubai, waiting for my connecting flight. The airport, which could vie to be voted as the "best airport in the East" is definitely making great efforts towards that goal....
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The Long Term Is Getting Shorter

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:39 PM

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How can we change our mindset from short- to long-term?, was a question asked by my colleague Angus Yip, who teaches at Hong Kong University SPACE. Angus is facing the challenges of Chinese business executives that feel the pressure to...

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The Simple Way to Transform the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:15 AM

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I don't like to read newspapers. This is not a position easy to maintain, with friends teasing me for it, and with me frequently questioning my own judgment, since I teach and write, and should be "on top of what is...

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We, the Adolescents

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:14 PM

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As I was working on my research about the sustainability mindset -- and the global unsustainability of our current behaviors -- it occurred to me that many aspects that characterize the urban humans' problematic way of acting seem...

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Upset? Sing a Tune

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:45 PM

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Does it ever happen to you that you catch yourself humming a tune without even noticing it? Perhaps you should pay attention to it, because there may be a message in it for you.

There are two possible reasons behind your...

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What Do We Need Nature For?

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:35 PM

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"Why do we need nature?" I asked my MBA students. The answers varied -- "for food, water, entertainment, vacations, hiking, swimming." (What is your answer?)

When I suggested that we couldn't produce any single object or service without nature, they looked at...

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Soft Trumps Hard

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:10 PM

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Reading the news headlines of any day is reading about struggles between chaos and control, between order and disruption. Regardless of which side one stands on any issue, there is a general acceptance that the "good" has to gain control and...

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Walking in Your Shoes

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 3:39 PM

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Some time ago I was coaching a woman (whom I will call Lindsay) who was struggling with a difficult situation with a colleague, Bob. After listening to her passionate and infuriated account of Bob's unreasonable and unfair behaviors, I asked her...

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Who Wants to Be Good for Nothing?

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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A few days ago I came upon a website called Good for Nothing. The reason I felt intrigued to explore the website, I confess, was the title: Good for Nothing. I have, frankly, thought this applied to me numerous...
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Discussions Are Not Dialogues

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:26 PM

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I was driving my car listening to a program on NPR where Diane Rehm was hosting a discussion between an Israeli and a Palestinian expert. I didn't listen to the program from the start, so I don't know how she set...

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Talking to Each Other: The Next Hot Thing

(11) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:27 PM

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In a recent meeting my colleague Barri Litt, who teaches accounting and audit at Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, commented about a sleepover party she participated in, invited by a friend who hosted a group of 11-year-old girls....

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