Faculty Focus: Director Receives International Teaching Award

Innovation & Entrepreneurship


I am honored to have recently received a prestigious teaching award. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award competition is part of the annual European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE) that was held at the Novancia Business School in Paris, France in late September 2017.

I was nominated -along with 30 others from 13 countries- for the award in spring 2017 and wrote a case history about the Sustainability Toolkit and Instructor’s Guide that I developed with colleagues at VentureWell. (Anyone can download the Toolkit for free here.) I presented my case history to a panel of judges and an audience of conference goers along with 9 other finalists and received a teaching award along with Mohd Sirhajwan Idek from Malaysia, Dmitry Shaytan from Russia, and David Gibson of the United Kingdom. It is such a privilege to be recognized for my work along with others from across the globe that are each trying to make a positive impact.


Image courtesy of ECIE. From left to right: Ken Grant (judge, Canada); David Gibson (awardee, UK); Cindy Gilbert (awardee, USA); Christopher Moon (judge, UK), and Rajiv Basaiawmoit (judge, Denmark).

Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana. Please contact her through LinkedIn.