Sharon Hanna-West

Sharon Hanna-West

Room: BSN 3517
Phone: (813) 974-6893
Fax: (813) 905-9964

Sharon Hanna-West is a Muma College of Business graduate programs faculty member and an affiliate for the USF Center for Entrepreneurship and the Patel Global School for Sustainable Solutions. She also teaches in the USF Muma College of Business-Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola program in Lima, Peru. She is the former USF Exide Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics and Sustainability.

Active in growth management and sustainability issues, she studies sustainable business solutions to respond to the challenges posed by climate change, with a goal of making them affordable and profitable. She coordinated USF's first business and sustainability symposium in 2006, which brought area businesses into a dialogue about sustainability. She then chaired a multi-disciplinary sustainability expo at the USF Sun Dome in 2008 and a state-wide sustainability conference and expo in 2009.

Hanna-West holds a JD from the University of Florida, where she focused on environmental law. She later founded a corporation engaged in international trade. Hanna-West developed the Building Sustainable Enterprise concentration for the USF MBA program and teaches several related courses. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on business sustainability, ethics, and environmentally friendly business practices.


Recent Research

Hanna-West's work has been focused on engaging key stakeholders in the process of positive change and facilitating a shared, strategic vision among business leaders. She has directed student sustainability applied research on many corporations and organizations such as Lykes Industries, Mote Marine, and the City of Tampa, giving students opportunities to apply tools learned in the classroom to real life cases and improve the organizations sustainable performance. Hanna-West works individually with many students on Directed Studies focusing on various organizational sustainability initiatives, and mentors several study abroad students.