Course Overview

Leading Sustainability is a transformative leadership program designed to elevate senior leaders’ ability to drive sustainability-related growth. Participants will leave this program equipped with deeper knowledge, pertinent tools and resources, and sharpened leadership skills to more effectively champion sustainability within their organizations.

Program Highlights:

  • Applied learning project: directly apply course content (e.g., frameworks, tools, and perspectives) to your own sustainability challenge, and walk out with a ready-to-implement plan
  • Industry expertise: hear both successes and challenges from groundbreaking sustainability leaders
  • Peer learning: network and learn from other sustainability leaders who share similar objectives

Program Schedule:

Program Kick-off


January 9, 2018
90-minute virtual session



Introduce program, layout expectations and launch pre-work session

Week One


February 26 – March 1
Carlson Executive Classroom



Corporate sustainability landscape, strategy, frameworks, and tools

  • Trend Drivers and Pressures
  • Stakeholder Management, Communicating with Impact, Storytelling
  • Structuring for Sustainability
  • Impact Metrics
  • Strategy
  • Organizational Structure and Global Strategy
  • Design Thinking (Systems)
  • Frameworks as Guides
  • Materiality/Priorities

Week Two


April 24 – April 27
Carlson Executive Classroom



Leading Change, Business Model Approaches, Capstone Presentations

  • Sustainable Business Growth
  • Sustainability Strategy: Business Model Approaches
  • Presentations Workshop
  • Inner leadership and Mindfulness
  • Leading Effective Change
  • Leadership Authenticity and Your “Leadership Wake”
  • Capstone Presentations
  • Sustainability Outlook