Engaging Mindy Kuth: let’s go deeper… ep21


Sustainability meets Business

Mindy Kuth

Yr2 | Ep21

Specialties: Social entrepreneurship, sustainability, community impact, and eco-tourism development

Innovative business professional with expertise in sustainable business practices and strategic planning in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. International development experience with strong cross-functional business skills including strategic planning, financial analysis, communications, and organizational development. Analytical systems thinker with proven ability to manage multi-cultural teams and present persuasive analyses to diverse stakeholders. Fluent in English, advanced/professional Spanish.


Consultant – Strategic Planning

Centro de lnvestigación y Estudios Avanzados del lnstituto Politecnico Nacional (CINVESTAV)

(2 years 5 months)Querétaro, Mexico

Facilitating team-focused, strategic planning process for materials science research center/postgraduate university. Working with the university director, faculty and staff to create the center’s first strategic plan. Training in strategic planning steps including agenda setting, situational analysis, forming strategies, objectives, and evaluation metrics. Guiding operational planning and implementation processes including deployment of resources, assignment of responsibility, tracking and evaluation methods, and follow up around key issues/actions.
Consultant (contract): August 2013 – May 2015
Peace Corps Response: January – July, 2013

Small Business Specialist

Peace Corps, Mexico – Parque Nacional El Chico

(2 years 7 months)Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

Worked in sustainable business development in El Chico National Park, located 90 minutes north of Mexico City. Collaborated with small business owners to identify community resources and needs, establish business objectives, and incorporate sustainable practices into operations. Coached and trained entrepreneurs in core business competencies including financial management, market analysis, and environmentally sound business practices.Focus areas included eco-tourism, small-scale agriculture, and natural resources management.

Small Business Specialist

SEMARNAT (Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources) at Peace Corps, Mexico

(7 months)

SEMARNAT is the Mexican federal agency that advances the sustainable management of Mexico’s environment, works to conserve biodiversity, and promotes sustainable livelihood/business development.

Conducted market research and analysis, developed management tools and indicators, analyzed internal business processes and technologies. Collaborated with university representatives and area youth groups to create state-wide youth movement for the environment.

Business Planning Consultant

Management Consultant

(1 year 7 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Advised and trained entrepreneurs in business planning, sustainability issues, and financial management. Developed business plans and project-funding proposals. Consulted on strategic marketing initiatives. Collaborated with community and business industry groups.

Vice President

Margolin & Associates, Inc.

(3 years 10 months)

Responsible for company division including client targeting, sales and marketing, forecasting and budgeting, and operations management. Initiated and managed client relationships with C-level community bank executives. Conducted financial analysis and peer company research in the banking sector.

Mindy Kuth