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Weslynne Ashton Named to Thinkers50 Radar Class

February 6, 2024

Thinkers50 Radar in partnership with Deloitte
List Spotlights Thinkers with Ideas Most Likely to Shape the Future

Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability Weslynne Ashton, a sustainable systems scientist with a dual appointment at the Institute of Design and the Stuart School of Business, is one of 30 up-and-coming business thinkers from around the world whose ideas Thinkers50 predict will make an important impact on management thinking.

It is a dazzling honor to be named among such an esteemed group of thought leaders from across the globe. Many of the people named on the Thinkers50 Radar are world-renowned for their bold, insightful work on how individuals can function more effectively within organizations, and how organizations can meet society's evolving needs.
—Weslynne Ashton
Weslynne Ashton giving the keynote at the UW-Madison Sustainability Symposium.

Weslynne Ashton giving the keynote at the UW-Madison Sustainability Symposium.

The annual Thinkers50 Radar Class identifies emerging thinkers with the potential to make a significant contribution to management theory and practice.

Co-director of ID’s Food Systems Action Lab, Weslynne was recently the keynote speaker for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s second annual Sustainability Symposium.

She regularly comments about the real-world applications of her research, the move to a circular economy, and the urgent issue of food waste—particularly in Chicago.

Weslynne and her collaborators have been awarded major grants, including from the National Science Foundation, for their promising work with communities to repair and reinvent food systems.


What if our food system was organized around principles of love, justice and circularity, rather than money, exploitation and consumption?
—Weslynne Ashton