Demi Allen

Attorney and Bike Advocate · Bainbridge Island, WA

We’re developing a different kind of business leader at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. That’s what convinced me, after practicing law inside large and small companies for more than 20 years, to get my MBA in Sustainable Business. I wanted to build my knowledge about business, develop new skills and be part of the movement to bring greater sustainability to business.

The highlight of my BGI experience has been the Creativity and Right Livelihood class at Channel Rock on Cortes Island. We spent 6 days exploring creativity and learning to use design principles to find solutions to business problems. Pairing creativity with a deep commitment to living a fulfilled life creates new possibilities for working with people and making a difference.

Perhaps the most surprising benefit of attending BGI has been the effect it has had on my family. The message it sends to my kids is one of a commitment to continuous development and learning—and a desire to contribute. It tells them that adult life is not static, and that we don’t have to be satisfied with the status quo. I spend lots of time on weekends studying in the same room as my son; it’s not as fun as hiking, but it’s pretty good modeling!

Now, our conversations at the dinner table are about sustainability, systems thinking and personal development. BGI encourages new ways of thinking about the world and ignites conversations that create a ripple effect through families and communities.


Demi came to BGI with a B.A. in English and Economics from Butler University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and has more than 20 years of in-house corporate legal experience. Demi lives on Bainbridge Island and attends class in the evenings in Seattle as part of BGI’s Metro MBA Program. He is Assistant General Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and is a member of the Sustainability Council at BMS. A daily bike commuter, he is actively working on bike advocacy issues as well.

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