Iesha Baldwin


My name is Iesha Baldwin. I'm from Georgia. I recently graduated from Spelman College where I earned a BA in Environmental Studies.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

The issues we face today are a direct result of the mistreatment of natural and human capital. The global problems that are most important to me are irresponsible production and consumption of products, unaffordable clean energy, and lack of quality education.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

This summer, I was able to invest $3,000 into a circulatory project where I made a 50% return on investment. This project was exciting for me because I was able to make a profit from a socially good investment.

What are your plans for the next five years?

My five-year plan is to become a successful investor, earn a leadership role in the sustainability or corporate responsibility sector of a fortune 500 company, learn and grow as a person, and build on the skills necessary to be a responsible global leader and impact entrepreneur.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I applied to SISE because the issues pertaining to sustainability and energy are serious, and it is important for me to do my part in creating sustainable change for future generations. From lectures, research, and mentorship opportunities for entrepreneurs and scientist I felt that SISE is the perfect program for me because I am passionate about science, entrepreneurship, and the planet.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

I am most looking forward to building authentic and genuine relationships with my peers, expert scientists, engineers, successful entrepreneurs, and political leaders.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Of course, I love cats! They are the most intimidating yet calm mammal to ever walk the planet.