Carleen Kadlec

Carleen Kadlec

Class of 2021

Before joining the Ross community, I spent 8 years working in both domestic and international agriculture focused on building environmentally and economically sustainable supply chains alongside farmers. I began my career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras working with smallholder coffee farmers on sustainable certification systems and quality control efforts to increase farmer access to the global specialty coffee industry. For the last five years before returning to school, I was a coffee buyer for a U.S.-based coffee importer and roaster where I worked with 30 coffee farmer organizations in 12 countries around the world. In addition to navigating the fundamental trade relationships, I engaged farmer partners on climate resilience work through financing farm renovation projects and farm diversification efforts. I am a joint degree student with the Erb Institute pursuing my MBA and MS at Ross and the School for Environment and Sustainability, respectively. I returned to school with a keen interest in sharpening my knowledge of agricultural value chains as well as gaining experience in financial analysis and modeling. In my free time, I enjoy designing and attempting to build my own furniture, taking long walks in the woods, and painting.

Undergraduate Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Areas of Interest

Ambassador Type
Undergraduate Major
Latin Amer & Caribbean Studies
Prior Industry
Operations/Supply Chain Management
Social Impact