Leadership and Design Thinking for Corporate Sustainability Challenges


Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

  • Fee:
    Fee may apply


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

Drive innovation and long-term value creation using systems thinking and design thinking tools and strategies. Design thinking has long been used in Silicon Valley to help companies address seemingly intractable problems. Merging the innovative tool kit of design thinking with the comprehensive lens of systems thinking, leaders can become change agents in their industries. This 2.5-day executive leadership course will give you the skills and understanding you need to bring design thinking concepts to your organization and to generate impactful results across the broader ecosystem. Highly interactive, this program will teach you to think holistically about your organization’s sustainability challenges and possible solutions.

Taught by award-winning faculty from Stanford’s Schools of Earth Sciences, Engineering, Business and Design, and by industry experts, participants will engage with faculty and each other to develop tactics and strategies to drive transformative change.

When you register for this course, you will receive complimentary enrollment in our online sustainability course, XSFS110 Essentials for Business: Put theory into practice.

Key Benefits

  • Gain a solid understanding of how to use design thinking and systems thinking to achieve challenging corporate sustainability goals and to develop robust business strategies and solutions.
  • Stretch and strengthen your creativity and leadership skills to develop and implement innovative and impactful solutions.
  • Develop a network of like-minded professionals and Stanford faculty for future collaborations and idea sharing.

Who Should Attend

Middle and senior level managers who have the responsibility to drive change within their organizations.



Program Dates & Location

September 28 - 30, 2020 on campus at Stanford University



Corporate and private sector participants
Early Registration Discount (- 5/31/2020)
  • Individual: $4,125 per person
  • Group and Corporate Discounts are available for 2 or more participants. Please contact our team to learn about your options.
Regular Tuition (after 5/31/2020)
  • Individual: $4,500 per person
  • Group and Corporate Discounts are available for 2 or more participants. Please contact our team to learn about your options.

*Larger discounts available for larger groups. Contact our team for more information

Not-for-Profit (NGOs, public sector, academia) participants
Participants from not-for-profit organizations are eligible for up to 20% off tuition rates listed above. Contact us to receive your discount.

Tuition includes online course access, course materials, breakfasts, lunches, and receptions with participants and faculty.

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

Record of Completion

When you complete each course, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your Record of Completion. This email will be sent to the address you provide in your mystanfordconnection within 3 business days of course completion.

Program Partners

Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
Stanford Change Leadership for Sustainability Program

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Dates:September 28 - September 30, 2020
Days: Mon, Tue, Wed
Times:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Delivery Option:
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Course Dates and Time:

Lecture hours for this course are tentatively scheduled from 8am - 5pm on 9/28/2020 (Mon), 8am - 5 pm on 9/29/2020 (Tues) and 8am - 5pm on 9/30/2020 (Wed).

Course Materials:

All important course and pre-reading materials will be made available via mystanfordconnection before the course start date.

Visitor Information:

For information on transportation and lodging, visit: http://scpd.stanford.edu/about-us/visitor-info

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.