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Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership

June 18–20, 2014 • Boston, MA
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This program is for executive-tier leaders and senior sustainability professionals who are ready to integrate sustainability into their core businesses as a driver of innovation and growth.

The integration of sustainability into an organization’s core business is the complex leadership challenge of the 21st century. It requires the transformation of long-standing organizational identity, culture, and processes; but if mastered, it can unleash and harness new levels of change, innovation, and employee performance, and deliver significant benefits to organizations.

This transformational work within an organization will be a fundamental driver of agility, innovation, and change capability, positioning the organization to “do well by doing good.” To support leaders who are ready for this move, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy, offers this new, three-day program in Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership.

Our program faculty and guest presenters have been carefully selected on account of their proven track record as engaging, relevant and cutting edge content providers. Collectively, this rich array of world class thought leaders and practitioners will inspire, challenge and prepare participants to rise to the critical leadership demands of core business integration of sustainability.

Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
Topic: Fostering collaboration across core business functions, silos and leadership tiers to ensure success.
Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Topic: Tapping grass roots change leadership potential
Jack Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard School of Public Health
Topics: The limitations of current environmental metrics and reporting. The need to find new kinds of metrics to drive core business integration of sustainability.
Leith Sharp, Director Executive Education for Sustainability, Harvard School of Public Health
Topic: A change leadership framework to advance organizational agility, reduce risk and accelerate engagement in positioning core business integration of sustainability as an innovation and growth driver.
Mona Amodeo, President, idgroup
Topic: Embedding sustainability into brand and identity.
Richard Crespin, CollaborateUp & Senior Fellow, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Topic: Integrating sustainability into existing organizational systems and processes.
Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at MGM Resorts International
Topic: Organizational and decision making agility, lessons from launching a new online platform for company wide engagement.
Chris Trimble, Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University.
Topic: Structuring your change leadership team for success.
Luc Galoppin, COO of MedeMerkers and Managing Director of Reply Management Consulting.
Topic: Social architecture and leveraging social dynamics to drive change.


  1. Use a validated sustainability maturity model to understand where their organization is on its journey towards sustainability
  2. Enhance your capacity to make the business case for deepening core business integration within single business units, across multiple units, or organization-wide
  3. Assess the institutional incentives that are working for and against core business integration
  4. Assess current levels of executive leadership engagement and identify pathways for deepening engagement of executives and the entire leadership system within their organization
  5. Develop a road map to embed a deep, rapid adaptive capacity for stable change in the culture of an organization
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Leith Sharp

Director of Executive Education for Sustainability, Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment

John Spengler

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health, Director of the Center for Health and Global Environment Harvard University
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Owner/Principal, Better Building Works, LLC, USGBC - Southwest Virginia Chapter

This looks like an excellent tune up for my company and my local USGBC Chapter and to help us establish and maintain our relevance, agility and perspective in the rapidly changing sustainability market. Can't wait!

Chief Architect, Kuwait Technical Consulting Bureau

I work as chief architect in study and design of the buildings - governmental and commercials and residential. I would like to attend this program to rise and transform the work to the sustainability and working to produce green buildings.

Senior VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts

At MGM Resorts we have come a long way with sustainability and the further we go the more opportunity we see ahead. When ingrained in Corporate America, sustainability is positive for both Corporations and the global environmental movement. The program at Harvard is a substantial opportunity for companies to progress their sustainability initiatives and drive innovation. I am also attending and presenting in this new program because I trust in the quality of the providers from Harvard and USGBC. I've seen them at work and I like what I see.


As a professional working in the building/property management industry, it is my goal to incorporate sustainability into my organizations core business and introduce all aspects of green building to my leadership and team. Delivering an owners goal of return on investment and return of investment is key but doing it with the environment/conservation and being a better steward of the environment in mind or as part of the delivery goal is much more exciting! I look foward learning more from the Harvard experience and keep pushing foward. I hope to relocate to Africa in the future and I feel the skills I will gain could be utilized for a good cause in that part of the world!


President and CEO, Central Community College

Harvard has initiated the right program for our times. I have arranged my schedule to be able to participate and have completed the online application form. I look forward to conversation and dialog with my fellow attendees. I expect this to be a transformative experience.

CEO, World Green Building Council

I'm really hoping to attend this. There is so much that we have learned about change leadership through our work driving the green building agenda. Programs and partnerships like this one are now critical for supporting senior leaders within the green building community to learn from our successes (and failures) so that we can push forward to achieve even deeper levels of organizational change and innovation.

CEO, CollaborateUp

This is the exact right program for anyone looking to lead and transform their organization from business-as-usual into really turning sustainability into competitive advantage.

President, College of Lake County

I'm looking forward to attending this new program at Harvard. As a college president with a long track record in driving sustainability across my college, I am ready to go deeper and to reflect on the next frontier of this vital leadership challenge.

President, Millersville University

I was so pleased to learn of this program at Harvard that I re-arranged my schedule to make sure I could get there. To date, I've not seen anything as relevant as this program to where I am regarding my own sustainability leadership journey.

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