Held at the Griffith University EcoCentre, Tuesday 11 December from 2pm - Friday 14 December 2018.

Bring purpose and agility to your organisation.

Position sustainability as the ultimate innovation driver.

Network with high impact practitioners & global thought leaders from diverse sectors.

Tap the group intelligence to address your specific challenges.

Highly interactive. Application oriented. Inspiring & rejuvenating.

For Purpose-driven 21st Century Leaders.

The Griffith University EcoCentre is breaking new ground in Australia, hosting an internationally renowned sustainability and leadership program in 2018.

The core content of this program has been validated through Harvard University’s executive education in sustainability leadership offerings and is widely considered best-in- class for developing high impact sustainability leaders.

Who should attend?

The Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership Program is a selective, small-class program for leaders, sustainability professionals and those looking to make a bigger difference, faster.

Participants from all sectors are encouraged to attend and learn how to position sustainability as an innovation, purpose and agility driver. This is a practical program with an applied focus on unleashing radical new volumes of purpose-driven ideas that successfully flow from inception to scale.

4 great reasons to attend

  1. Access a best-in-class program in sustainability leadership, designed and delivered by faculty with a proven track record for delivering value.
  2. Learn new frameworks and skills to revolutionise your leadership practice and position sustainability as the ultimate driver of innovation, engagement and organisational effectiveness.
  3. Be rejuvenated, inspired and renewed. Go forward in your profession with new energy, vision and confidence.
  4. Find lasting connections with purpose-driven leaders that are striving to contribute meaningfully to our greatest 21st century challenges.


This intensive 3.5 day program addresses the work of transforming long-standing organisational identity, culture, structures and processes to unleash new levels of engagement, change, innovation and agility.  Its immersive format allows participants to dive deeply into their own professional development interests and needs.


Tuesday 11 December

Session time: 2pm - 5.30pm

Cruise and dinner keynote: 7pm - 10pm

Wednesday 12 December

Session time: 9am - 6pm

Reception event: 6.30pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday 13 December

Session time: 9am - 5.30pm

Friday 14 December

Session time: 8am - 3pm

Learning outcomes

This program fosters a new kind of high-impact sustainability leadership for driving sustainability into the core of your business and mission while improving organisational performance.

Participants will develop leadership capabilities designed to:

  • Position sustainability as a driver of innovation, agility and change capability
  • Unleash human potential through purpose-driven engagement
  • Create clear pathways for good ideas to come from anywhere and to take root
  • Tap the power of biomimicry and biological intelligence to inform your leadership practice
  • Learn from a breakthrough Global CEO study into an emerging leadership paradigm for sustainability
  • Leverage positive social dynamics and social learning to increase idea flow
  • Expand the sustainability business case and align finance and accounting for innovation
  • Improve decision-making agility to allow for good ideas to be scaled up quickly
  • Develop change leadership approaches that reduce risk and instability
  • Learn a powerful new lexicon and framework for organisational transformation


Our program design has been informed by research into how leaders like to learn. We maximise peer-to-peer interaction and thought partnership to enable reflection, insight, and discovery. Dynamic networking across sectors and the sharing of best practices are key elements of the program design. We include experiential exercises, case studies, lectures, small group work, and sharing of best practices. We keep our lectures short and diverse.

40% of the program time = content and frameworks to transform your leadership practice. Sustainability and innovation leaders from business, higher education and non-profit organisations share real world application journeys and insights. Thought leaders from Biomimicry 3.8, the arts and academia connect us to powerful ways of rethinking leadership, tapping into the latest research into Global CEOs, biological intelligence, indigenous and cultural intelligence.

30% of the program time = Peer to peer interactivity. All participants will be curated to share their expertise, stories, ideas, support and inspiration with one another in a variety of carefully designed small group activities. You apply what you are learning in the program to your own unique context and tap the thought partnership of others in the program.

20% of the program time = Creative, social and rejuvenation oriented events to stimulate deeper engagement and integration. There is only so much we can digest in a day before we need to recharge. Recharge experiences include seeing Brisbane from the decks of the Kookaburra Queen, an iconic heritage paddleboat and gathering with your colleagues at our special reception event on Wednesday night.

10% of the program time = visual idea flow mapping experiences to train participants in designing more effective innovation pathways for their organisations. You will leave with your own set of maps and a new method for bringing your sustainability leadership practice to the next level.

Optional re-entry lab. Even the most incredible experiences are difficult to translate back into practice when you have no ongoing support. We offer an optional six-month re-entry lab, to continue meeting together virtually to share application efforts and experiences.

Content validated through Harvard University's executive education offerings.

First time in Australia.

Limited seats available

This program is eligible for 10 Green Building Council of Australia Sustainable Development CPD points

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty have been carefully selected for their proven track record as engaging, relevant, and cutting-edge content providers. They are practitioners and thought leaders from business, higher education, government and the not-for-profit world. Faculty and guest presenter content is carefully curated to provide a cohesive, progressive, and powerful encounter with the core concepts of the program. Collectively, this rich array of world-class thought leaders and practitioners will inspire, challenge, and prepare participants to transform their own leadership practice.

Leith Sharp

Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard University

Leith Sharp has taught change leadership in sustainability at Harvard University for 15 years, and is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Leith’s spent two decades driving real-world change throughout a range of organisations, and was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability.

Our thoughtfully crafted program design and faculty will provide a cohesive, progressive, and powerful encounter with the core concepts and will inspire participants to rise to the critical leadership demands of core business innovation for sustainability.

Leith Sharp

Watch & Listen to Leith Sharp

Want to get a sense of the program before registering?

The link below will take you to a recording of a session for 2017's Executive Education for Leadership Program held at Harvard University. Please note that despite the change in location and faculty, the content will be the same for this program.

You can also listen to Leith Sharp being interviewed on Radio National with Patricia Karvelas, featuring fellow faculty member, Mirvac's Paul Edwards.

To learn more, contact us at ecocentre@griffith.edu.au or call us on (07) 3735 7992.


Registration includes:

  • Three interactive days-worth of engaging and practice-changing content validated by Leith Sharp, Harvard University
  • All program materials
  • Multiple networking events, including unique, Brisbane-only experiences and entertainment
  • Full executive-level catering
  • Transport (if required) in and out of Brisbane’s CBD at the commencement and conclusion of daily proceedings, as well as an airport run on the final day
  • Access to a network of 45 leading change-makers in the world of business and sustainability
  • Certificate upon completion of the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Program.
$2,450 (including GST)
11 December - 14 December 2018
Griffith University EcoCentre, Building N68, Nathan Campus, Nathan, Brisbane QLD 4111
Registration close
Monday 3 December 2018

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Please note: Places are extremely limited. This is an incredible, rare opportunity. Secure your ticket today to avoid disappointment.

Cancellation policy: Please note that there are no refunds if cancellation occurs after Monday 8 October 2018.

Program organiser - Delwyn Langdon.

Contact: ecocentre@griffith.edu.au or +61 7 3735 7124.

Program impact

Past participants of offerings designed by Leith Sharp herald the lasting impact of these programs. Senior leaders across diverse sectors have called these program and frameworks "relevant, engaging and visionary", "important for effecting change in a rapidly changing and socially connected environment", "an extremely sound investment for any sustainability leader trying to work out how to get things done", “this is the future of leadership” and the "critical missing piece around change leadership and sustainability.”

The content has been validated at executive education programs at Harvard University, the US Green Building Council and several other sustainability associations internationally.

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Special thanks to the Griffith Business School for their continued support.


Griffith University EcoCentre Building N68 170 Kessels road Nathan, QLD


11-14 December 2018

About our EcoCentre

Griffith University's EcoCentre is a key element of the Sciences Group and promotes an encouraging message that the knowledge, existing framework and resources to develop a truly sustainable world already exists.

The design and operation of the EcoCentre follows strict 'eco' principles, and features solar energy, ambient ventilation and lighting, rammed earth walls for temperature regulation and rainwater collection for 'greywater' use. All features reflect domestic scale environmental technologies that can be used in the family home.

Nestled within Toohey Forest, on our Nathan campus, the centre's bushland setting is ideal for delivering environmental education programs, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and training seminars. Visitors to the EcoCentre enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the forest with access to state of the art teaching and conference facilities.