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Stanford Center for Professional Development

Leadership and Design Thinking: Drive Change in Your Organization

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About the course

(This is the in-person course in the Strategies for Sustainability Program.)

In this interactive program, you’ll discover ways to shift your organization’s culture to advance sustainability through transformative leadership and design thinking. You’ll learn to influence and lead others – including those who don’t consider sustainability to be core to their jobs – to think holistically about products and strategies that mitigate risk and create value for your organization over the long-term. You will apply design thinking frameworks and systems leadership to engage stakeholders in transformative change.

Through 2.5 days of faculty lectures, industry expert panels, interactive sessions, and hands-on workshops, you’ll hone your ability to integrate sustainability as a core strategy within your organization.

You Will Learn

  • To use design thinking to stimulate change in your organization
  • To apply the skills of transformative leaders to influence others
  • To employ systems thinking to overcome barriers and integrate sustainability into business strategy

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Pamela Matson

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute PAMELA MATSON is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organizational strategist. She served as dean of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environment...


Julia Novy-Hildesley

Julia Novy-Hildesley is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of Stanford's Leadership for Sustainability Program, which includes the Sustainability Science and Practice Interdisciplinary Master’s degree. Her research and teaching focus on business strategies, leadership approaches and...


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