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Testimonials-What Your Peers Say


"The thought leadership, the world class instructors and my fellow participants left me motivated, committed and reenergized to the power and inspiration of sustainability leadership."

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Our first offering attracted over 200 applications out of which we selected 46 senior leaders from diverse sectors included a variety of titles and portfolios. The sector mix was roughly 35% business sector (Brand Name Corporations included Timberland, Interface, Bayer, MGM Resorts, Hyatt, Kohler, Skanska), 30% higher education, 20% government and non-profit, 15% healthcare sector.

Our participants gave the program an overall evaluation of 4.75/5.


What Do They Have to Say About Their Experience?

Business Sector

"This new program at Harvard in Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership is the first I've seen that properly addresses the organizational change demands of our work as sustainability leaders and practitioners. I served as a guest lecturer in the inaugural course, but found that I learned just as much as I contributed. I think the course is an extremely sound investment for any sustainability leader trying to work out how to get things done."

-- Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy, Office Depot

“This experience is like a controlled substance. It will blow your mind! Very enriching, validating to my intuition, clarified my thinking, elevated my energy and expanded my vision. I now perceive aspects of sustainability that hadn't occurred to me.”

-- Elizabeth J Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska USA

"The Harvard Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program is a pivotal opportunity to meet, share and learn about how different organizations representing a variety of sectors are confronting the challenges of making their organizations sustainable for the long term, and particularly on how to make the change that is needed to facilitate the rapid innovation required today. The program provides an important framework for thinking about, and effecting change in a rapidly changing and socially connected environment."

-- Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts International

“This new program provides crucial tools, skills and information to leverage sustainability as a change agent. The thought leadership provided by the world class instructors and also my fellow participants left me motivated, committed and reenergized to the power and inspiration of sustainability leadership.”

--Robert Bolin, Senior Vice President, National Director of High Performance Solutions, Syska Hennessy Group

“Being a participant in this program allowed me the opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate my own leadership skills while opening our minds to new strategies. These strategies have since fostered a lot more innovation and collaboration within my organization at all levels.”

-- Christina Sprows, Former Senior Director of Architecture & Engineering, CVS Health

"I have been able to continue the dialogue started during our week together with a number of the participants.  A true sign of a great event.  As I was finishing up my year end review, I have to say, the week was truly one of the highlights. Please be sure to keep up the good and impactful work!"

-- Ian Olson, Director of Sustainability, McDonald’s Corporation


Education Sector

“This program delivered a critical missing piece for me around change leadership and sustainability. As a result I left with a renewed enthusiasm and commitment that has persisted.”

-- Jerry Weber, President, College of Lake County

“I left energized and ready to tackle the most complex adaptive problems that my college faces. Wherever your organization is in relation to sustainability this program helps you go to the next level. In addition, the creative environment and the nature of the course content takes you beyond sustainability to advance the change capability of your entire organization.”

-- Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College

“For over a decade in higher education I have been searching for a model of institutional sustainability that can help our senior leaders take the steering wheel. The CBI-S framework and executive education program do just that, with the right mix of process and product orientation. This is long overdue.”

-- Daniel Roth, Special Advisor, Campus Sustainability Office, Cornell University

"Trusted colleagues in higher education had recommended the Harvard Executive Education in Sustainability program to me. I'm glad they did. I've attended many different leadership programs and workshops and have a good basis for comparison. This program was remarkable. It exceeded my expectations and gave me an actionable framework for taking an organization through accelerated change and innovation in sustainability (or any other kind of change). Engaging and learning with practitioners from across the globe and many different industry sectors was an incredible experience. The faculty were all exceptional - and what can I say about Leith Sharp? She is smart, focused, perceptive, fun, and incredibly humble about the work she's done to shape this very organic, yet highly organized, program. This is not a program you walk away from and say, 'that was nice'. What you learn goes with you and continuously influences your thoughts and actions in ways large and small for a very, very long time."

-- Linda Lujan, Ph.D., New Ventures Officer, Chancellor's Office, Maricopa Community College District

"I signed up for the program to scale up our efforts at integrating sustainability into the core business of our institution. Before I came to Harvard I felt like I had come as far as I could with my current toolkit.  I came back from Harvard with a powerful set of tools, language and approaches that have already begun to show their worth. Since my return from the program I have been able to make a strong and compelling case to senior leadership that sustainability is THE solution to our organizational problems. In addition to this, and quite unexpectedly, I also returned with a network of colleagues and friends that have both inspired and energized my work.  The program organizers, speakers and content were impeccable. I highly recommend it."

-- Candace Le Roy, Director, SFU Sustainability Office, Simon Fraser University


Public Sector

"As a local government leader I found this program to be relevant, engaging and visionary. I especially enjoyed the chance to interact with leaders from other sectors."

-- Zaida Basora, FAIA, Assistant Director, City of Dallas Public Works Department

“This new program provided the missing link – how to connect my commitment to sustainability with high impact leadership in a municipal environment, transcending the typical barriers of complex government structures to accelerate the integration of sustainability.”

-- Ruthy Bennett, Regional Energy Manager, Towns of Arlington and Bedford, MA

"Planned or not, change is happening in our organizations and the world surrounding them.  The Harvard Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program provides participants with the tools necessary to lead this inevitable change in a networked fashion that empowers people at all levels of an organization.  These leadership tools are and will be vital to leaders striving to adapt and change their organizations in a sustainable and responsible manner."

-- Adam W. Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Town of Arlington, MA

I enjoyed that the learning group was diverse and the material included real examples from schools and institutions, major corporations, small businesses, and governments.  This created opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas and practical tools from a broad spectrum of experience. 

-- Elizabeth Teague, Development Services Director, Town of Waynesville, NC

This program provides an especially poignant framework for government officials as it helps the participants straddle the barriers and opportunities that exist in top down and bottom up innovations.

-- Patti Southard, Program Manager, King County GreenTools


Not for Profit Sector

"The Harvard Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program provides an excellent opportunity to learn and share best practices in Sustainability applied across range of sectors and organisations. I represent the financial sector in which ‘sustainability strategy’ is still to a large extent considered as ‘a nice to have’  and is often limited to efficient use of natural resources at offices instead of measuring and reporting information about the true source of sustainability: their social and governance performance, and how it relates to financial performance. This program educates leaders on filling the gap in terms of integrating sustainability principles within the core business strategies from which the organisation could benefit in long term. The program provides a standard tested approach to participants, which could be incorporated in day to day business.  I was absolutely inspired and influenced by the program content and expertise of the faculty and fellow participants and would highly recommend it to future aspirants."

-- Sachin S Vankalas, Head of Operations I Sustainability Officer, LuxFLAG


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