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Who We Are


We are a founding convener in a growing cross-sector network working to provide a critical mass of senior leaders with best-in-class executive education for sustainability leadership dedicated to adaptive organizational design.

This emerging network of leaders and organizations is contributing as conveners, collaborators, Professionals of Excellence, Thought Partners, and Alumni Advisors. The Center is proud to be a founding convener within this vibrant network.

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Program Director

Leith Sharp, M.Ed. 

Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership

Leith Sharp is the lead faculty and program director for the Center’s Sustainability Leadership offerings. Leith also works to facilitate the growth of the wider network.

Program Team

Maggie Husak 

Program Manager, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership

Maggie supports the program's outreach and administrative needs.

Yasamina McBride 

Program Manager, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership

Yasamina supports the program by executing public relations, marketing, and advancement strategies.


Conveners provide leadership programs that effectively deliver the core content related to adaptive organizational design and the program design elements that receive high evaluations from participants. The Center became a founding convener in 2013, delivering its first Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership in 2014 with an overall participant evaluation of 4.75/5. Additional conveners are now being supported to provide offerings in 2015 in addition to the Center’s ongoing programs.


Our collaborators contribute substantial resources (financial or in-kind) to help launch new leadership programs delivered by conveners of adaptive organizational design work. The U.S. Green Building Council became a founding collaborator in 2013, offering critical support to the Center while launching its first Executive Education for Sustainability program.

Professionals of Excellence

Our “Professionals of Excellence" are high-calibre individuals in specific professional domains who are making strategic contributions to the advancement of CBIS Leadership. They are professionals who are highly regarded in their field and who offer a unique and highly valued skillset. They hold their designation for a 12-24 month term. 

Christa Gyori

Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose
Special Advisor and Professional of Excellence


Christa Gyori works with leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors on five continents, and has won multiple awards for promoting corporate social responsibility. Christa holds a MBA in International Business from Thunderbird and is pursuing a Master’s in Sustainability from Harvard.


Joe Hsueh, PhD 

Founding Member, Academy for Systemic Change; Adjunct Faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management
Special Advisor and Professional of Excellence

Joe Hsueh is an enabler of large-scale systemic change, a researcher, and university lecturer. He is passionate about the process of identifying, designing, mapping, convening, facilitating, prototyping, scaling, sustaining and learning from large-scale systemic change for social, economic and ecological well-being using a bottom-up approach.   He holds a Ph.D. in system dynamics from MIT, a MPA in International Development from Harvard University, and had spent a year with a Buddhist monastery experiencing Buddhism-in-action through volunteering around the world.

Thought Partners

Our thought partners have contributed intellectually to the development of content related to adaptive organizational design. We believe that the space between people is the most vibrant source of our best ideas. We continue to seek those conversations, interactions, and synergies that lead to shared discovery.

Higher Education

  • Leith Sharp, Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Env. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Jack Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Prof. of Environmental Health & Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Julie Newman, Director of Sustainability, MIT
  • Aurora Winslade, Transformational Program Manager at Hawaii Energy
  • Geoff Scott, Professor Emeritus, University of Western Sydney
  • Daniella Tilbury, Dean of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire
  • Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
  • Jerry Weber, President, College of Lake County
  • John Anderson, President of Millersville University
  • Denise Wardrop, Director, Sustainability Institute, Penn State University
  • Judy Walton, Program Administrator, Urban Sustainability Accelerator, Portland State University
  • Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
  • Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Business Sector

  • Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President, MGM Resorts International
  • Erin Meezan, Vice President, Sustainability, Interface Inc.
  • Colleen Von Haden, Sustainability Director, Timberland
  • Mona Amodeo, President, idgroup Amy Edmonson
  • Chris Gyori, Channel Marketing Manager, Unilever Food Solutions
  • Joe Hsueh, Partner at SecondMuse
  • Ruediger Fox, Partner at SecondMuse

Not for Profit

  • Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Margo Street,  ‎Manager, Sustainability Leadership Education at U.S. Green Building Council
  • Judith Webb, Senior Vice President , Marketing and Strategy at U.S. Green Building Council
  • Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
  • Jane Henley, CEO, World Green Building Council
  • Jim Ritchie-Dunham, President at Vibrancy Ins., LLC

Alumni Advisors

We invite certain alumni of our offerings to consider becoming advisors for our programming. Our advisors are called upon in times of need and opportunity to help improve and scale our offerings.

Higher Education Sector 

  • Greg Smith, President, Central Community College
  • Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
  • Jerry Weber, President, College of Lake County
  • Jean Goodnow, President, Delta College
  • Roger Côté, Vice President, Concordia University
  • Daniel Roth, Director, Cornell University
  • Kenneth Shultes, Assoc. VP for Sustainability & Facilities Planning, Dickinson College
  • Robert Wall, Director, of Facilities Management University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Denice Wardrop, Director, Penn State's Sustainability Institute

Not for Profit Sector 

  • Ruthy Bennett, Regional Energy Manager, Towns of Arlington and Bedford, MA
  • Allison McKenzie, Director of Sustainability, SHP Leading Design
  • Kerry-Jane King, Sustainability Manager, New York Power Authority
  • Zaida Basora, Assistant Director, City of Dallas
  • Dennis Probst, Executive VP, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Christine Vitt, VP, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
  • Jim DeCesare, State Representative, Kentucky

Business Sector 

  • Colleen Von Haden, Sustainability Director, Timberland
  • Alison Taylor, VP of Sustainability, Siemens
  • Clark Dumont, Senior VP, MGM Resorts International
  • Kimberly Kipin-McDonald, Head of Sustainability, North America Bayer
  • Ana Meyer, Corporate Sustainability Principal, Verizon Wireless
  • Cavarly Garrett, Executive Director, JP Morgan
  • David Harpring, Director of Global Engineering, Yum
  • Davor Grgic, CIO/Head of Sustainability, Kohler
  • Elizabeth Heider, CSO, Skanska
  • Jose Lozano, VP of Operations, Cosway Company Inc.
  • Jackie Henke, VP Real Estate, Green Strategy Officer, TD Bank Group
  • Leah Seligman, Director of Sustainability, NRG Energy
  • Lance Hosey, Chief Sustainability Officer, RTKL
  • Michelle Whyle, Global Head of Sustainability & Quality, 3M
  • Debra Gondeck-Becker, Americas Construction Industry Leader, Honeywell
  • Atieh Abu Raqabah, General Manager, SABIC
  • Karl Behrens, COO of Projects, Compass Group
  • Robert Bolin, Senior Vice President, Syska Hennessy Group
  • Susan Capuli, Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety, Analog Devices, Inc.
  • John Confrey, VP, Aerco International
  • Bryna Dunn, VP, Moseley Architects
  • Vanessa Govender, Group Health and Wellness Executive, AVENG GROUP
  • David DeVos, VP, Global Director of Sustainability, Prudential
  • Ken Holiday, Sr. Director, Energy & Sustainability, Ecova
  • David Lye, VPt of Policy, Environment, and Sustainability, EnCana Corporation
  • Richard Mason, Director of Safety, Envir. & Corporate Quality, RTI International Metals, Inc.
  • Terri Scannell, Director, VHA
  • Mario Seneviratne, Managing Director, Green Technologies, FZCO
  • Kevin Teehan, Vice President, HID Global
  • Aaron Smith, Director, Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY
  • Aman Desouza, Director of Innovation and Product Sustainability, Saint Gobain
  • Darryl Neate, Director, Sustainability, Oxford Properties
  • David Borchardt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tower
  • Steve Kooy, Global Sustainability Manager, Haworth
  • Richard Crespin, CEO, Collaborate Up
  • Emily Crespin, VP, Center for Strategy & Organizational Change

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Photo by Kai Keane.