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Leith Sharp

Leith Sharp  M.Ed.
Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership
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Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment a position she took to launch a new collaborative enterprise in executive education with a focus on core business integration of sustainability. She has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education. Ms. Sharp established one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. For 9 years Ms Sharp was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability leading Harvard to become a global leader in campus sustainability. Ms. Sharp was the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community college presidents targeting green economic growth. Ms. Sharp was the founding Chair of the Sustainability Futures Leadership Academy, an international collaboration driving executive leadership development for sustainability. Ms. Sharp has consulted with over 100 universities and other organizations around the world including the U.S. House of Representatives House Chief Administrative Office, The USA Association of Governing Boards, The Ministry for Science, Denmark, and the World Student Environment Summit.

Ms. Sharp has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 12 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance. For her work Ms Sharp has received numerous awards internationally including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Ms. Sharp has an environmental engineering degree (UNSW) and a master of education in human development and psychology (Harvard).