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Jay Friedlander

Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Impact Entrepreneur, Consultant, College of the Atlantic


Jay Friedlander is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and founder of its vanguard sustainable business program. The College has been repeatedly cited as a leader in sustainability and Jay's work has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, MITSloan Management Review, CNN, Chronicle of Higher Education, Entrepreneur, Triple Pundit, Fortune, Money and dozens of other media outlets. Private foundations, the National Science Foundation, NASA, USDA and others have supported his program with $3,500,000 in grants and endowment funds.

Named as one of the 50 people “Charting Maine’s Future”, Jay’s experiences span impact entrepreneurship, academia and strategic consulting to the Fortune 100. Jay has merged sustainability and business strategy with the Abundance Cycle. The actionable model provides businesses with new perspectives as well as a clear pathway forward. The Abundance Cycle ( builds on competitive strengths and weaves in the latest tactics enterprises are using across the globe to maximize abundance for shareholders, the planet and society.

Jay has also served on the entrepreneurship faculty of Babson College where he is Senior Fellow in Social Innovation. Jay is a frequent speaker on sustainable innovation and enterprise. He has given talks to business and academic groups in the United States, as well as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the European Union.

Jay holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College, where he graduated as Valedictorian. When not ensconced in the Abundance Cycle, Jay enjoys cooking, hiking in Acadia National Park and traveling with his spouse and son.