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Change Leadership for Sustainability

Executive Education

Custom, open-enrollment and online courses for professionals 


As the global human population climbs toward 10 billion this century and consumption demands increase, we must find ways to meet the needs of people in ways that do not forego possibilities for future generations. How do we provide energy, water, food, and shelter and improve access to healthcare, education, security, and opportunity, all the while protecting climate, atmosphere, ecosystems, and natural resources for the benefit of future generations? These problems demand a new kind of leader.


What we offer

Stanford Earth's executive programs in Change Leadership for Sustainability draw on Stanford's proven strengths in science and engineering fields related to Earth’s resources and environment as well as its deep knowledge in the humanities and behavioral sciences. We develop custom and open enrollment programs that meet the needs of forward-looking organizations that wish to train their senior and mid-level executives. Programs may take a variety of forms - either on the Stanford campus or at the client site.

Our programs incorporate lessons from the Stanford’s leading work in innovation and creativity and the cutting-edge research of the Graduate School of Business on the ever-changing world of industry. The program helps prepare participants to radically accelerate the transition to a sustainable and resilient society by developing their capacity to: 

  • Understand Complex Systems: Examine the relationships among— and learn strategies for managing—the assets that determine social well-being across generations. 

  • Reorient Mindsets and Behavior: Develop mindsets and lead change efforts to shift behavior and decision-making so that it integrates social, environmental and economic values.
  • Innovate at Scale: Learn how to catalyze large-scale transformations through breakthrough innovation and novel partnerships.

Stanford Earth Executive Education

Strategies for Sustainability

A 2.5 day course for organizational leaders focused on promoting sustainability and resilience in today’s complex environment, September 11-13, 2019. You will learn how to apply design thinking and transformative leadership skills to drive change.