Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence

Career Interests

Impact Investing, Renewable Energy, Financial Modeling, Clean Energy / Clean Tech Research, Energy Strategy
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentrations: Business & Environment
Organizations: Net Impact (Business), Energy, GLEAN, Duke Conservation Society
Master of Business Administration, May 2014
Owen Graduate School of Management
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
GPA: 3.6
Concentrations: Finance, Strategy; Emphases: International Studies, Real Estate
Organizations: Net Impact (VP Development), Real Estate (Treasurer), Finance, Vanderbilt Entrepreneurs Association
Bachelor of Science, cum laude, August 2007
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Major: Economics; Minor: Financial Management
Organizations: Calhoun Honors College, Golden Key Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sigma Chi

Professional Experience

Business Advisory Services Manager, Grant Thornton, Seattle, WA to Singapore, SNG 
Promoted from Associate Consultant to Manager within 18 months, leading strategic thought and organizational change for various companies across multinational teams comprised of up-to 30 individuals. Facilitated workshops at various international partner locations of a Fortune 10 IT industry leader, identifying opportunities to improve marketing and sales efforts for IT and cloud services / products – resulting in sales increases of up to 50%. Developed pricing strategy models for a Fortune 10 IT company’s enterprise service portfolio that optimized its promotion of services and ultimately increased margins by approximately 15%. Designed and managed process improvements for the sale of cloud services for a Fortune 10 IT industry leader, reducing request for proposal time by 70%. Assessed go-to-market plans and implemented improvement initiatives for a range of companies, from a Fortune 10 IT leader to an NYSE leading analytics company, which resulted in 18-28% product usage increases from end-customers. Developed and proposed an internal sustainability business advisory service offering to senior management. Planned, developed, and executed the firm’s (internal) digital marketing strategy across four social media channels, increasing engagement and interaction by over 500%. 2014 - 2017
Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA 
Analyzed energy efficiency and renewables opportunities using financial modeling and NPV analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that identified over $20 million in potential savings for the Federal Reserve System. Performed a plug load efficiency assessment to evaluate energy reduction opportunities; ultimately recommended smart strip implementation with the potential to produce hundreds of thousands in projected energy savings. Operationalized the installation of a hybrid photovoltaic / solar thermal system to supplement current hot water demands through projected cost savings financial analyses, external contractor liaisons, and project management. Created a sustainability strategy for the Bank and presented all recommendations to the executive capital budgeting team. Summer 2013
Corporate Valuation Analyst, Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, Washington, DC 
Managed teams of up to six analysts over 30 valuation and litigation projects. Prepared advanced financial models to value companies across a broad spectrum of industries - utilizing cash flow, asset accumulation, and market based models to develop indications of value. Provided clients with valuation and litigation services; executed forensic analysis for commercial damages cases for companies with up to $50 billion in assets performing lost profits analyses that generated millions in rewards for clients. 2009 - 2012
Derivatives Settlement Analyst, Morgan Stanley, Baltimore, MD  
Researched market instances that insinuated counter party credit risk, established and maintained a watch list in order reduce default risk by approximately 20%. Developed and delivered training for 20 employees on procedure guidelines and best practices for division-wide projects to manage, progress, and increase operational efficiency. 2007 - 2009

Additional Information

Current Student Organizations: Net Impact (Business), Energy Club, GLEAN, Duke Conservation Society

Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP); Prosci Change Management Professional; 77-888: MOS: Microsoft Office Specialist - Excel 2010 Expert; 77-422: MOS: Microsoft Office Specialist – PowerPoint 2013

Organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Hibernian Society of Baltimore

Interests: Lacrosse (Head Coach, Bellevue Middle School), Hiking, Wildlife, Music, Traveling, Skiing, Golfing


business development
excel modeling
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019

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Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Research Institute / Think Tank