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Course Description


Our thoughtfully crafted program design and faculty will provide a cohesive, progressive, and powerful encounter with the core concepts and will inspire participants to rise to the critical demands of effective sustainability leadership.

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Application: Apply online, no application fee. You will be notified within 10 business days regarding your standing in the program. Applying early will improve your chances of being considered for the upcoming offering. 

Program Location: The program will take place on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, MA at beautiful Loeb House.

Program Design

Course Residential: Our program design has been informed by research into how leaders like to learn. We maximize peer-to-peer interaction and thought partnership to enable reflection, insight, and discovery. Dynamic networking across sectors and the sharing of best practices are key elements of the program design. We include experiential exercises, case studies, lectures, small group work, and sharing of best practices. We keep our lectures short & diverse.

Optional Leadership Lab: Attendees to the November 2017 residential will have the opportunity to participate in the companion Leadership Lab program for 6 months following the course residential at no additional charge.  Through the Lab, participants define their own “fieldwork experiment”, developed and framed by the course concepts, to conduct within their respective organizational settings. Lab participants will self-organize or be placed into small groups to engage in regular, meaningful thought-partnership around the development of each participant’s experiment over the course of the dedicated 6-month period.  All Lab participants from the cohort will meet together virtually to share updates on the progress of their fieldwork along with insights and lessons learned from the applied experience. While participation in the Leadership Lab is completely optional, it is highly suggested as a way to continue the learning journey and connect with your new cohort network.


Learning Outcomes

Our program will enable participants to:

  • Evaluate what has and has not been working with efforts to take sustainability from the margins into the core of your organization
  • Learn a powerful new framework for increasing your sustainability leadership impact
  • Position sustainability as a driver for innovation, agility and effectiveness
  • Unleash human potential through purpose-driven engagement
  • Design pathways for good ideas to come from anywhere and to take root
  • Advance your ability to make the sustainability business case
  • Align finance and accounting structures to drive innovation, engagement, and change-capability
  • Leverage positive social dynamics and social learning to drive idea flow and organizational learning
  • Increase decision-making agility to allow good ideas to be scaled up quickly
  • Engage millennials by leveraging your sustainability enterprise
  • Reduce risk and instability by mastering sustainability change management
  • Deepen the engagement of other senior leaders and the entire leadership system within your organization
  • Embed an adaptive capacity for stable change across your organization
  • Engage in meaningful thought partnership on shared problems and opportunities regarding this critical leadership challenge with senior leaders from diverse sectors


Faculty, guest presenters, and topics

Our program faculty and guest presenters are carefully selected for their proven track record as engaging, relevant, and cutting-edge sustainability leadership content providers. Faculty and guest presenter content is carefully curated to provide a cohesive, progressive, and powerful encounter with the core concepts. Collectively, this rich array of world-class thought leaders and practitioners will inspire, challenge, and prepare participants to rise to the critical leadership demands to successfully integrate sustainability into the core business.

For full biographies of each speaker, please visit our Faculty and Guest Speakers page.

November 2017

  • Leith Sharp, M.Ed., Program Co-Chair and Lead Faculty; Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • John Spengler, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair; Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lars Rebien Sørensen, former Chief Executive Officer, Novo Nordisk
  • Erin Meezan, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Interface
  • Malcolm Preston, Partner | Global Leader, Sustainability & Climate, PwC
  • KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder/CEO, Sustainable Life Media, producers of Sustainable Brands
  • Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D., Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8
  • Nicole Hagerman Miller, Managing Director Biomimicry 3.8
  • John Anderson, Ph.D., President, Millersville University
  • Jane Davidson, Ph.D., Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Gregory A Norris, Ph.D., Co-Director, SHINE Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Natalie Voland, President, Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis Inc.
  • Chris Gyori, Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose
  • Zeyneb Magavi, Coordinator, Mothers Out Front

Stay tuned as we continue to announce our 2017 faculty roster.

Other past topics and faculty have included:

Click on the links below to view Program Agendas from the past four offerings of the program:


General Program Schedule

The program will run from Monday, November 13 at 1:30pm - Friday, November 17 at 12:30pm.  Each full day will include breakfast and lunch as a part of the session. There will be a special dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club on the first night, and a reception on the second night. Please see below for a general outline of the schedule:


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Photo by Kai Keane