Carlson School of Management alumnus Greg Lais, ’91 MBA, has been honored by AACSB International—The Association to Advance College Schools of Business for making an impact in his community and serving as a role model to future business leaders.

Lais, the founder and executive director of Minneapolis-based nonprofit outdoor adventure and education organization Wilderness Inquiry, is part of the 2018 class of the AACSB’s Influential Leaders Challenge.

Since creating Wilderness Inquiry in 1978, Lais has created inclusive outdoor exploration programs throughout North America and beyond for groups of all types. Last fall, he worked with Steve Spruth, a senior lecturer in the Carlson School Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Department, to build a canoe trip on the Mississippi River into the curriculum of Spruth’s Social Venturing in Action course.

The AACSB’s Influential Leaders Challenge annually recognizes notable alumni from schools accredited by the world’s largest business education network. Lais was one of 29 honorees from 13 industry sectors whose careers are addressing today’s most pressing social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges.