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2023 Sustainability Change Leadership Development Program

February 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


This event is canceled and may be rescheduled later in the year. Contact us at education@aashe.org with any questions.

The AASHE Sustainability Change Leadership Development Program is a virtual, hands-on, cohort-based collaborative program that trains you in a diverse set of frameworks, tools, and models for leading organizational change that you can apply now and throughout your career. Expert faculty and guest lecturers guide you through the design of a change management project at your institution that culminates in a final presentation that you share with your colleagues (e.g., develop a sustainability/climate plan for your department or institution, conduct a STARS assessment, develop a new initiative, policy, or program, etc.). One-on-one and collaborative coaching from faculty and your peers provide you with ongoing support and feedback that help you refine your skills and iterate on your project through the course of the program. Join a network of peers, build relationships that will last a lifetime, and hone your skills as a transformational change leader!

Participate in this program to:

  • Accelerate your capacity to design and sustain change projects
  • Design and/or refine a plan for a specific organizational change project at your institution (e.g., update your climate action plan; develop a sustainable purchasing policy; redesign your sustainability governance structure; add or expand on your office’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals; launch a new initiative, etc.)
  • Hone skills to engage diverse campus stakeholders in each stage of the change process
  • Build a practical toolkit of frameworks and techniques you can use to align vision, purpose, and outcomes and inspire action
  • Cross pollinate ideas with a cohort of peers from across AASHE’s community
  • Establish lasting relationships and expand your network with this highly interactive and fully virtual program
  • Receive one-on-one coaching from faculty and peer-to-peer coaching with your colleagues
  • Build buy-in for your efforts and invite participation from colleagues in your organization through an optional advisory board and a culminating final presentation  

Participants who participate in collaborate coaching, work on an organizational change project over the course of the program and submit a final presentation are eligible for a certificate of completion issued from AASHE.

See testimonials from previous participants.

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Key Details
Who Attends?
Program Design & Tentative Schedule
How Much Time Will I Spend?
Justify Your Attendance
Faculty, Facilitators, Coaches and Program Assistant

Key Details

Registration Fees

Registration Type Registration Fee
AASHE member institutions, non-profits, and government agencies* $975
Non-member institutions, non-profits and government agencies $1250
AASHE member businesses $1950
Non-member businesses $2500

* To check if your organization is a current AASHE member, please search the AASHE Membership Directory.

Discounts are available for group registration. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals who need financial assistance to participate. Please apply two weeks before the registration deadline (i.e., 2/14/2023) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Thursday, February 28, 12:00 p.m. ET or when program is full.
  • Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.
    If you need to pay by check or ACH, please contact us at least 5 weeks prior to the event start date. Registration using these forms of payment must be received 4 weeks prior to the event start date and full payment must be received by AASHE within 2 weeks of event start date.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to February 18, 2023. No refunds will be given after February 18, 2023.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Sessions will be recorded and registered participants will receive access to all recordings.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.

Register early as this program is limited to 20 participants. Last year’s event sold-out a few weeks before the deadline!

Who Attends?

This event is intended for change leaders both new and experienced who are charged with playing a facilitative role in their organizations to catalyze change. If you are in a role where you are working relentlessly to engage your community in transformation, and you want to connect with others who are in similar roles, this event is for you. If you are unafraid to listen and share about your experiences and would like to deepen your skills to connect in meaningful ways, and help others to do the same, despite and even using the tools of the virtual environment we are working within, this event is for you. 

Tentative Schedule

The program will meet on the following Tuesdays at 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern time:

  • February 28 – Introduction to Leading Change; Why/What/How Planning Framework; Peer-to-Peer Coaching Pods
  • March 14 – Why Change Fails and How to Design for Successful Change
  • April 11 – Systems Thinking, Power Mapping, Persuasion and Influence
  • May 2 – Emotional Intelligence in the Change Process: the SCARF Model and Courageous Conversations
  • May 16 – Final Presentations

Additional Elements of the Program Include: 

  • Regular Pod Time with a designated group of your colleagues enrolled in the program (scheduled with your pod)
  • Professional and Peer-to-Peer Coaching (scheduled to work with your calendar)
  • Individual Project Work (or Team Work, if registering as a Team)
  • Required Readings 

How Much Time Will I Spend? 

The Time Commitment is approximately 35 hours

Group Seminars, Pod Time, Readings, Final Presentations (24-26 hours)

  • Group Seminar Time (9 hours) 
  • Required Readings (4-6 hours, approx.) 
  • Pod Time (8 hours, approx.)
  • Final Presentations (3 hours, tentatively) 

Individual Work (Minimum 11 hrs)

  • 1:1 Coaching (1-2 hours)
  • Project Work (10-15 hours; minimum 1 hour/week; Actual time spent will vary)

Is AASHE’s 2023 Change Leadership Development Program on Your Boss’s Radar?

Use this resource to help justify your attendance and obtain support by explaining the benefits of attending for both you as an individual and your wider organization/community.

Faculty, Facilitators, Coaches and Program Assistant

Lead Faculty & Facilitator: Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability, Stanford University; Faculty, Bard Sustainable MBA 

Aurora WinsladeAurora has nearly twenty years of experience in higher education and private sector sustainability and clean energy work. She is passionate about equipping leaders with the tools to lead successful organizational change and build healthy, just, and resilient communities, and has been leading and facilitating professional development workshops since 2008. She co-created AASHE’s first sustainability officers retreat in 2011 and has led statewide and national workshops in California, Hawaii, New York, and Taiwan. Aurora recently became the Director of Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability and she is a faculty member in Bard College’s Sustainable MBA program, where she has taught Leading Change in Organizations to working professionals since 2017. She previously served as Swarthmore College’s Director of Sustainability from 2015-2021, where she launched and co-led the development of the Roadmap to Zero Carbon, an energy infrastructure plan that will eliminate 98% of Swarthmore’s Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gases by 2035, launched the award-winning Carbon Charge program, and co-founded and taught in the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship program. Aurora previously founded new sustainability programs at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Hawaii. She also worked for Leidos Engineering as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy, the state’s energy efficiency program, and worked with MA’O Organic Farms, a non-profit social enterprise that serves at-risk youth in Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii West O`ahu to launch a B.A. program in Sustainable Community Food Systems. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Testimonials from previous program participants

“Every part of the program was well thought out and well executed, such as the structure into small work groups, regular communications, coaching, and project assignments. […] I also enjoyed the fact that participants were at different stages of their career; early-career, mid-career, and a few senior-career professionals.”

Brandon Morton, Dallas College

“The program provided me with a number of tools to help me manage projects and move programs forward in a successful manner, and I learned a lot from the readings and assignments. Additionally, the coaches were fantastic – I am so grateful for their time and contributions to the course. I also greatly enjoyed getting to meet and work with more peers, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with many people from the program going forward.”

Liz Storn, University of Florida

“I learned a lot from the course and met some very helpful people. This course helped me to continue breaking out of my shell and forced me to really pinpoint what I want to gain out of my project.”

Helena Robinson, Xavier University of Louisiana

Any questions about the workshop?
Please contact Daita Serghi, education@aashe.org

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February 28, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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