Sustainability Leadership Program

Define, Drive, and Measure Transformation

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Course Dates


August 17, 2023

Course Duration


9 to 12 Months
Online and Live Online

Course Fee


US$18,000 US$15,500 and get US$1,000 off with a referral US$200 application fee

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The program fee is US$18,000. The amount payable after considering the tuition fee benefit is US$15,500.
This is only available to participants who apply by 8 June 2023.

From Vision to Reality: Achieving Sustainability Goals

Sustainability is a complex issue, but it is one that businesses have started to prioritize. Executives are often faced with sustainability challenges, such as: Which functional areas need to be prioritized for transformation? How can you measure and track the impact of sustainability? What is the impact of incorporating sustainability practices on the bottom line?

The nine- to twelve-month Sustainability Leadership Program from Texas Executive Education at the McCombs School of Business will prepare you for a sustainability-focused future and effectively address these challenges. It will equip you with the tools to strategize for sustainability, develop an action plan for sustainability initiatives, and measure its impact.


of C-suite executives state that they were personally impacted by climate change in the last year.

Source: Deloitte CxO Sustainability Report


of executives state that their organizations have increased sustainability investments over the last year.

Source: Deloitte CxO Sustainability Report


The program has been structured with the needs of busy executives in mind. You will learn through online sessions, including guest lectures from industry leaders. You also have the flexibility to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.


Embark on your learning journey at your own pace. Experience a program that provides the flexibility of online sessions with an in-depth curriculum.


Learn alongside accomplished global peers and exchange perspectives. Interact with world-leading faculty and industry experts to gain new insights.


Advance your career and elevate your organization by gaining advanced skills and hands-on experience to develop unique solutions.

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"Our state's prominence in the entire energy sector has given us a front row seat to a changing industry. McCombs faculty and the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute prepare students to adapt to new markets and stay on the cutting edge, innovating sustainability solutions that benefit everyone."

— Lillian F. Mills
Dean, McCombs School of Business


The Sustainability Leadership Program is uniquely designed for you to:

  • Develop an action plan to evolve sustainability initiatives within your organization
  • Recognize the impact of sustainability practices across the organization
  • Use your knowledge of the global environment to identify and minimize sustainability gaps across functions in your organization
  • Establish and prioritize sustainability goals and strategies to strengthen your organization’s response to current and emerging challenges
  • Overcome barriers to change through effective communication and change management strategies
  • Promote organizational behavior that supports the success of sustainability initiatives
  • Evaluate the progress of sustainability initiatives across the organization and communicate to internal and external stakeholders
  • Future-proof your organization by addressing the known and unforeseen challenges of maintaining a sustainability-focused organization


Core Curriculum

Take a deep dive into the program’s core modules with 18 weeks of in-depth sessions on the crucial challenges in sustainability.

Minimal Weekly Commitment

Balance learning with your busy work schedule by dedicating just three to five hours each week toward program sessions and learning activities.

Expert Faculty

Gain in-depth insights from world-renowned faculty and expert practitioners with practical industry experience.

Dedicated Success Coach

Craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions with a dedicated success coach.

Self-Paced Learning

Work at your own pace by accessing the week's sessions at your convenience.

Specialized Electives

Select two online electives that can help advance your career in a relevant area of specialization.

Global Peer Group

Interact with like-minded energy executives from across the world and share insights with each other.

Capstone Project

Apply your insights to a project that will help you craft a business case or road map for an initiative you are leading.

In-Person Networking

Connect with high-achieving peers from around the world and build a lifelong network of executives at an optional three-day program and networking opportunity on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

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"Sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have, it's a necessity. Executives who want to stay ahead of the curve need to integrate sustainability at the very core of their processes and goals. The Sustainability Leadership Program is exactly what executives need to help evolve their organizations. The program provides executives with the skills and knowledge they need to lead their businesses to a more sustainable future while creating a better world for everyone.”

— Meeta Kothare
Faculty Director of the Sustainability Leadership Program, Professor of Practice; Managing Director of the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute, McCombs School of Business


The curriculum has been designed by world-leading experts in sustainability to enable you to gain insights into current social and environmental challenges. It is organized into weekly modules for ease of learning. Each week’s curriculum includes a mix of faculty lectures, assignments, guest speakers, case studies, and business scenario simulations.

  • Sustainability in Business

    • What is Sustainability?
    • What Does Sustainability Mean for Your Organization?
    • ESG and Materiality
    • Better Business Performance Through Sustainability 
    • Climate Action—Net Zero and Beyond 
    • Company Case Studies

    Sustainability Leadership

    • Corporate Purpose and Sustainability Strategy
    • Sustainable Supply Chains
    • Sustainable Employee Engagement
    • Sustainable Innovation through Intrapreneurship and Acquisition
    • Embracing Circular Economy Business Models
    • Public/Private Partnerships

    Measuring Success

    • Governance
    • Advocating for Sustainability
    • Sustainability Accounting Standards
    • How Investors Assess Sustainability 
    • Articulating Your Sustainability Story
    • Going Beyond ESG: Measuring Impact 

    • Leading Organizations in Changing Environments

    • Profitability and Sustainability in the Energy Industry

    • Risk Management for Energy Professionals

    • Energy Transition

    *Elective topics are subject to change

  • Connect with peers, industry experts, and faculty at an optional three-day in-person event on the University of Texas campus in Austin.


The capstone project is a crucial aspect of the program that enables you to apply the insights you have gained throughout each core phase to address a real-life challenge your organization is facing. By the end of your learning journey, you will have crafted an actionable business case or road map for an initiative you are leading.


Faculty Member Meeta Kothare

Meeta Kothare

Faculty Director of the Sustainability Leadership Program, Professor of Practice; Managing Director of the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute, McCombs School of Business

Meeta Kothare has over two decades of academic, business, and social sector experience. Social innovation and the use of financial tools for social impact are her current interest areas. Her work is centered around sustainable business and finance. Her areas of expertise include impact investing, entrepreneurship, and corporate sustainability.

Laura Starks

Professor of Finance, George Kozmetsky Centennial University Distinguished Chair at the McCombs School of Business

Jeffrey Hales

Charles T. Zlatkovich Centennial Professor of Accounting; Executive Director of the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute; Bake Chair in Global Sustainability Leadership

Michael Hasler

Associate Professor of Instruction, Information, Risk & Operations Management

Nathan Barrymore

Assistant Professor of Business, Government, and Society


The Sustainability Leadership Program is ideal for executives from various business functions, as well as in C-suite positions, who are looking to integrate sustainability measures, including:

  • Executives who recently stepped into the role of, or are aspiring to become, a chief sustainability officer
  • Executives leading or looking to lead sustainability strategies in their business or startup
  • Nonprofit professionals aiming to bolster their executive skills and gain a strong grasp of the future of sustainability


  • Minimum 10 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)


After you have completed the program, you will join the prestigious Texas Executive Education alumni group and earn select benefits, including:

  • A 25% discount for a Texas Executive Education open-enrollment program if you enroll within a year of completing the Executive Program for Energy Leaders
  • Access to the Texas Executive Education LinkedIn group
  • McCombs In the News, a weekly roundup of media coverage of McCombs' research, expertise, and impact
  • A University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business certificate (digital and printed) and digital badge
  • Invitations to alumni webinars


Example image of certificate that will be awarded after successful completion of this program


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.

After successful completion of this program, your digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University of Texas at Austin.

Note: This program does not grant academic credit or a degree from The McCombs School of Business.


program fee

US$18,000 US$15,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200
program fee

US$18,000 US$16,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200
program fee


The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200

The program fee covers all program materials. The fee does not include accommodations for the optional three-day in-person networking event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.


Our learning advisors have helped senior executives across the world choose the right program for their career goals. Schedule a 1-on-1 to get a deeper understanding of why the Sustainability Leadership is the right fit for you.


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