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Daniels Pioneer Alumni Spotlight: Chris Stewart, MBA 2009

pioneerblog-chrisstewartAfter three and a half years as the DU director of web communications and three years as a Daniels Pioneer Chris Stewart was ready for the next chapter in his career. As he neared his Spring 2009 graduation, Stewart narrowed his job search to the renewable energy industry, which had piqued his interest early in his program. “I felt that the National Renewable Energy Lab was the obvious place to begin my post-MBA career,” says Stewart. “That was the place I went after.”

Stewart mined NREL’s website for jobs, tapped his professional network for connections and waited. He had one interview, but after not getting the job, decided to find a way to improve his chances for next time. He got an internship with the Governor’s Energy Office.

In March 2009, Stewart was hired as a senior communicator at NREL-chosen from more than 200 applicants. “I think through my internship and education, I’d demonstrated my commitment to this kind of work,” he says. Stewart admits that several Daniels professors inspired him to gravitate toward renewable energy, but it was the Compass curriculum that solidified his interest. “Daniels’ emphasis on ethics and sustainable business practices is the only reason I ended up choosing to work in this space. Now, I get to work in a job where that values-based mindset is crucial.