The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program has named Smitha Hariharan ’21 to its 13th class of First Mover Fellows.
Hariharan, the global sales manager at Haliburton, will join a group of 22 young professionals in the year-long fellowship, which fosters the careers of “corporate social intrapreneurs” working on social and environmental impact goals within their companies.
Hariharan said that she is happy and grateful for the recognition, and she feels fully prepared for the fellowship.
“My journey to becoming an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow started in Professor Tony Sheldon’s Social Entrepreneurship class, where I had the opportunity to think through the economic mechanism and social impact of a decarbonization fund with fellow classmates,” she said.
“Having worked in upstream and midstream aspects of the industry—and coming fresh out of the executive MBA from Yale SOM—I feel aptly placed and strongly empowered to make my company and my industry more sustainable.”
Hariharan noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater need for industries to become more sustainable. “My industry is feeling this expectation and is actively looking at ways to meet it,” she said. “I would feel professionally very satisfied if I can help steer this transition.”
The fellowship includes three seminars in Colorado, Arizona, and New York.
Read the announcement of the new class of First Fellow Movers.