Leith Sharp

Leith Sharp

Director of Executive Education for Sustainability at Harvard University Center for Health and the Global Environment, previously the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability

Leith is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. She has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education. Leith established one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. For 9 years Leith was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability leading Harvard to become a global leader in campus sustainability. Leith was the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community college presidents targeting green economic growth. Leith was the founding Chair of the Sustainability Futures Leadership Academy, an international collaboration driving executive leadership development for sustainability. Leith has consulted with over 100 universities and other organizations around the world including the U.S. House of Representatives House Chief Administrative Office, The USA Association of Governing Boards, The Ministry for Science, Denmark, and the World Student Environment Summit.

Leith has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 12 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance. Leith is currently directing a new collaborative program in Executive Education for Leadership in Sustainability through the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Health and the Global Environment. For her work Leith has received numerous awards internationally including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Leith has an engineering degree (UNSW) and a master of education (Harvard).

Leith’s talk will be on Change Management in Sustainability.