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Finance & Sustainability Colloquium: Linda Giuliano (MBA ’02), Founder & CEO at BrightWorld ESG Event Logo

Finance & Sustainability Colloquium: Linda Giuliano (MBA '02), Founder & CEO at BrightWorld ESG

by Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (CSGE)


Tue, Mar 30, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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NBA 6380: Finance & Sustainability Colloquium was launched 10 years ago to provide students the opportunity to hear in-depth presentations and engage with leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors who are on the cutting edge of the finance-sustainability domain. As sustainability (the simultaneous consideration and management of economic, social, and environmental outcomes) has become a dominant theme in the business community over the past 30 years, the course offers students the chance to develop deeper understanding of its impact on the finance profession and the impact the profession is having on companies to address sustainability goals. Cornell Tech MBA students interested in registering for the course should directly email the instructor, Mark Milstein, at with their name, program, student ID number, and NetID. Sessions are held Tuesdays, 6-7:15p. The class is a 1 credit hour, S/U course. This term’s speakers include:

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Linda Giuliano

Founder & CEO

BrightWorld ESG

Linda C. Giuliano is Founder and CEO at BrightWorld ESG. She founded BrightWorld ESG to work collaboratively with her clients on customizing ESG principles to match their company profiles and to achieve measurable objectives beyond aspirational goals. Enhancing AUM, brand identity, and competitive advantages are benefits Linda believes can be attained through transformational innovation especially when the outcome attracts more clients and builds brand loyalty. Prior to founding BrightWorld, Linda held leadership positions at AllianceBernstein (AB) investment management, formerly Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Over the span of three decades, she served in many capacities contributing greatly to the culture and success of the company. Linda was the firm’s first Head of Responsible Investing, developing the firm’s ESG strategy, and creating a framework for integrating ESG into security research and investment decision-making, and a platform of ESG goal-based portfolios. She also established a first of its kind partnership with Columbia University to develop a program for AB investment professionals on climate assessment, and she led a series of other educational events on ESG for AB stakeholders. With her vision, drive and leadership, the company is now widely acknowledged as a financial-services leader in ESG.

Prior to taking on ESG responsibilities at AB, Linda was Chief Administrative Officer of Equities, a newly created role in which she oversaw a constellation of activities, including financial management, operational risk, technological innovation, and talent management. In that critically important role, she envisioned and built a model to determine product profitability and cost allocation, and developed a compensation model for portfolio managers saving AB substantial expense, including $2 million annually, by introducing a system for procuring market data more efficient. Before joining the Equity Management senior team, Linda’s positions at AB included serving as the first Chief Operating Officer for Alternative Investments—a new role in an emerging business opportunity for the company—and the first Director of Internal Consulting.

Linda a Board member of the Sherman College of Chiropractic and serves on the Executive Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. She is a former Chair of the Board of the YMCA in Tarrytown, New York.

Linda earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from Cornell University. She also holds a certificate in Artificial Intelligence in Business Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She attained a FSA Level 1 Credential from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and FINRA securities licenses in Series SIE, 7, 9/10, and 63.

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