Business and Human Rights Career Coffee Chats

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Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

2224 Piedmont Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Each month during the school year, the Human Rights and Business Initiative (HRBI) will bring a business and human rights (BHR) professional to campus to speak with students about careers in the BHR field.

This is your chance to hear from a BHR professional and ask questions about his or her career path. Career coffee chats will be held at the Human Rights Center (2224 Piedmont Avenue). Space is limited and coffee will be provided. This semester, we are thrilled to welcome the following BHR professionals:


SEPTEMBER 24, 2019, 12:30-1:30 PM (PDT)

Marissa Saretsky, Professional Faculty, Haas School of Business.

Marissa Saretsky is a business and human rights expert. She most recently served as Associate Director at Article One, where she advised multinational companies on their human rights strategies. Previously, Marissa served as Program Director of the Human Rights and Business Initiative at the Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley-Haas, and held the role of Manager in Business & Human Rights at Gap Inc. She also spent 5 years with the Climate Change & Sustainability Services practice at Ernst & Young in both Paris and San Francisco. Marissa received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and holds a BA in International Relations and French from New York University.


OCTOBER 18, 2019, 10-11 AM (PDT)

Kelly Liu, Sustainability Manager, Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility, Cisco

Kelly leads the Supply Chain Human Rights and Worker Well-Being Program as a sustainability manager at Cisco. While working in corporate sustainability, Kelly has managed several programs including the social responsibility auditing program for EMC, a program to protect workers from harmful chemicals used in manufacturing, and an initiative monitoring suppliers’ social and environmental performance. Kelly is committed to driving positive social change personally and professionally by developing impactful strategies that improve the lives of people around the world. She is an avid collaborator and engages in industry coalitions and multi-stakeholder workgroups such as the Responsible Business Alliance to drive systemic change. Before entering the sustainability field, Kelly worked in international development at Oxfam in Cambodia and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana.


NOVEMBER 5, 2019, 3-4 PM (PST)

Marisa McVey, PhD Candidate and Visiting Scholar

Marisa is a final year PhD researcher at the University of St Andrews, working in the School of Management. She is passionate about the need for interdisciplinary research in business and human rights. Her PhD thesis focuses on critically analysing companies’ implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the impact of transposing human rights into different corporate contexts. She has previously presented at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, and is currently working with organisations like 350.org, researching climate change and human rights. Prior to going into academia, Marisa worked in corporate law. In 2017, she received a distinction in her MRes in Management from St Andrews. She attended Queen’s University, Belfast, gaining an undergraduate LLB degree in Law with Politics in 2014, as well as an LLM (with distinction) in Business and Human Rights in 2015.

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2224 Piedmont Avenue

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