Meeta Kothare is adjunct professor in the McCombs School of Business and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is the inaugural Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative at McCombs. Previously she founded Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact.
Kothare has over 25 years of academic, business, and social sector experience. Kothare began her career in sales and marketing before pursuing graduate studies in business. After completing her doctorate, she joined the finance faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught in the MBA, Business Honors and Executive Education programs. Her research on corporate finance, corporate governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic finance journals.
Kothare has dedicated her personal and professional life to supporting social and sustainable innovation. She focuses primarily on the role of finance, systems change, and human-centered design in promoting such innovation. Her areas of expertise include impact and sustainable finance, impact measurement, systems change, and social entrepreneurship. She is a recipient of the 2019 UT President’s Award for Global Learning for her research on social determinants of diabetes management in underserved communities. Kothare is also actively engaged in community service and philanthropy and is a frequent speaker on sustainability and social impact.
Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where she was the class valedictorian.
Stephen T. Limberg is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the McCombs School of Business. He served as the Accounting Department Chair from 1997 through 2003 and as the Executive Director of the Master in Professional Accounting Program from 2006 through 2016. Steve joined the Accounting Department in 1982 and teaches financial reporting. He has had significant involvement in the development of innovative courses delivered at UT-Austin as well as internationally in, for example, China (Chinese University of Hong Kong), France (INSEAD and ESCP-EAP International School of Management), and Brazil (Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo).
Steve teaches accounting in MBA programs. He received the 2008 OneStar Foundation Governor’s Volunteer Award for the development and delivery of the Accounting Practicum course entitled: The Federal Taxation of Low Income Filers: Socio-Economic Force. He is the recipient of numerous Department and College teaching awards for excellence and innovation, such as the 2010 CBA Foundation Advisory Council Award for Teaching Innovation and Outstanding Dallas/Ft. Worth MBA Professor in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Steve has numerous publications in both professional and academic journals including articles in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research; National Tax Journal, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, among others. He is a licensed CPA in California.
Madison received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the Business Honors and Marketing programs at The McCombs School of Business in 2017. She also earned a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) degree from The LBJ School in 2019. Her primary interest is in using entrepreneurship to foster sustainable social change, especially in the realm of education. During her undergraduate years, Madison led Students for Wema and Texas Enactus, two student organizations at UT Austin focused on social entrepreneurship. As part of these groups, Madison raised over $55,000 to build a micro-enterprise bakery to sustain a school in Bukembe, Kenya. Madison's prior work experience includes an education programming internship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2015, an app development internship and consulting role at the education-based social enterprise BridgeEdU, a higher education research internship at Trellis Company, and a graduate assistantship with The Social Innovation Initiative. Madison is excited to continue providing support for students interested in impact work through the SII’s courses, experiential learning programs, and more in her role as a Program Manager.
Senior Administrative Associate
Lucy Atkinson is an associate professor in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & PR in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research looks at communication in the context of sustainability and the environment. She focuses on the ways message components (like visual elements, argument frames, source factors) in environmental communication influence environmental attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
She has received research funding from the Department of Energy, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, and the Arthur W. Page Center at Penn State. Atkinson’s work has appeared in top-ranked flagship journals, like the Journal of Advertising, International Journal of Communication, Environmental Communication, and Science Communication. Outside of academia, her work has been covered in international and national news media, including the Guardian (UK) newspaper, CBC Radio’s ideas program, and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
Atkinson is associate director of the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute and a senior faculty research affiliate with the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication.
She teaches classes on advertising history, environmental communication, integrated communication campaigns, and consumer psychology. In 2016 she was named a recipient of the UT System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2017 she was named a Provost Teaching Fellow.
Before pursuing her doctorate, Atkinson worked for several years as a newspaper reporter in New York.
Atkinson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. from New York University, and her B.A. from McGill University.
John Schwartz is associate director of the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute and a professor of practice at the School of Journalism and Media at the Moody College of Communication, where he teaches environmental journalism.
In 40 years as a journalist, he has worked at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. At the NYT, he covered climate change, environmental issues, business (including the collapse of Enron), law, the space program (including the loss of the shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts and NASA’s return to flight), the birth of the private space race, Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans, and many other topics that took him from the Mojave Desert to Moscow. In his 21 years there, he wrote stories for nearly every section of the Times. At the Washington Post, he wrote about science and technology and covered the Food and Drug Administration, including the Clinton administration’s fight to regulate tobacco products, as well as the Unabomber case.
He has written four books, including “This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order” and “Oddly Normal.”
He began his journalism career at UT Austin, where he served as editor of the campus magazine at the time, UTMost, and as editor of The Daily Texan. He graduated from UT Plan II and the UT Law School.
John is married to Jeanne Mixon, his college sweetheart; they met the week before classes started in front of Jester Center. They have three grown children.
John C Butler
Academic Director of the McCombs Energy Initiative
Lecturer in Business, Government, and Society Marketing, The University of Texas
Director of Strategic & Global Initiatives, Austin Technology Incubator, UT-Austin
Richard Amato is the Director of Strategic & Global Initiatives at the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), the premier business incubator of the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). In addition to his work at ATI, Richard serves as faculty for the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin leading Global Connection classes around entrepreneurship and sustainability. Leveraging off his prior efforts with the Global Innovation Lab and the World Bank, the class supports entrepreneurs at Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) in Africa and around the world in real time as they work to drive their venture forward.
Richard also serves as the Managing Director of Carpe Aestus, a consultancy building off his extensive experience supporting hundreds of companies and organizations around the world with a focus on sustainability and developing markets as they look to commercialize their technologies. Holding worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking involvement in clean energy business development, Amato has been featured as a keynote and panelist in various conferences throughout the world: Austria, Denmark, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Norway, South Africa, and Vietnam.
Prior to rejoining the University, Richard founded and served as President and CEO of Venti Energy, a renewable development company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean, reliable, and affordable energy. Previously he founded the Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) at UT-Austin, the first incubator of its kind dedicated to supporting sustainable ventures.
Never standing still, Amato wants to ensure he does his part in leaving the world a better place for what's most important to him - his children.
Century Club Professor in Business Government and Society
Professor in Information, Risk, and Operations Management
Stephen M. Gilbert
Sam P. Woodson, Jr. Centennial Memorial Professor in Business
Chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management
Stephen M. Gilbert is a Professor of Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.
Professor Gilbert has expertise in optimization, game theory, and stochastic modeling. His current research focuses on issues of coordination in supply chains, especially in the presence of strategic consumers. His publications have appeared in Operations Research, Management Science, Marketing Science, Production and Operations Management, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, and elsewhere. Currently he serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science, as a Senior Editor for POMS.
Professor Gilbert served for four years as the Chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, and he is a past President of the MSOM Society of INFORMS.
Director of the Texas Real Estate Center, Director - McCombs Real Estate Investment Fund, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Finance and Real Estate Finance
Associate Professor of Instruction for the Department of Business, Government & Society
Lecturer in Management
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Sam Barshop Centennial Professor of Marketing Administration
Director of the Center for Business, Technology and Law, UT-Austin
Lecturer in Finance
Associate Professor of Business, Government & Society and Eleanor T. Mosle Fellow