This is the in-person course in the Strategies for Sustainability Program.
Drive innovation and long-term value creation using 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 tools 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.
Gain a solid understanding of how to use design 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 collaboration and idea sharing.
An Example of Applying Design Thinking to Corporate Challenges:
Despite aggressive recycling efforts, almost 9 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year, and that number is growing. Stephen Jamieson, Head of Sustainable Business Innovation at software giant, SAP, wanted to do something transformative to address the problem.
He brought together a diverse team of consumers and SAP customers, including Coca-Cola, Visa and Unilever. Working together, they used a design thinking methodology to brainstorm solutions. Some of these novel ideas included a phone app to reward shoppers that made better packaging decisions at the supermarket and a machine-learning tool to help consumers recycle plastics correctly. According to Jamieson, “If you look at the supply chain of plastics—producers, manufacturers, retailers—there is a huge appetite for action…They just don’t have the coordination necessary to make it happen.”1
Who Should Attend?
Middle and senior level managers who have the responsibility to drive change within their organizations.
Past participants have included leaders from Cisco Systems, Sephora, ADM, PG&E, Oracle, Sandstorm Gold Ltd, VMware, Coca Cola, Target, Alibaba, World Bank, Deloitte, Saudi Aramco, Siemens, Kiva, Gates Foundation, and Lufthansa, among others. They have come from diverse functions in operations, supply chain, sustainability, manufacturing, finance, marketing, risk management and other divisions.
To maximize your impact and produce more comprehensive results, invite your colleagues across the organization to join you. Group discounts are available. Contact us for more information.
Program will take place September 28-30, 2020 on Stanford University’s campus.
Group discounts available and you can contact us for more information.
Corporate and private sector participants
Early Bird Tuition Before June 1, 2020
$4,125 – Individual tuition*
Tuition After June 1, 2020
$4,500 – Individual tuition*
Not-for-Profit (NGOs, public sector, academia) participants
*Participants from non-profit are eligible for up to 20% off all rates listed above. Tuition includes access to the online course - XSFS110 Essentials for Business ($295 value), 2.5 days of programs on Stanford campus with breakfasts, lunches, and a group reception. If you’ve already paid for the online course, you will receive a tuition reduction of $295 for the in-person program.
By completing this in-person program, you’ll earn two Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.
1”With SAP Leonardo, A Daughter’s Plea Becomes a Real Solution to Plastic Pollution,” 2-22-19
“Stanford changed my personal perspective on how I can influence the world, my organization and my environment for the better.” Katharina Beumelberg
Chief Financial Officer
“I left the program refreshed and recharged, with new friendships and relationships built, and new horizons opened.” Yinuo Li
Director, China Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"Very relevant to the challenges and opportunities I currently face in my role. I really enjoyed the strategic thinking and abundance of vivid examples/case studies." Jenni Grant
Manager of Global Programs
Formally at Oracle, Currently at Facebook