Sustainable Enterprise Executive Education & Development









Launching online in the spring of 2021, the Sustainable Enterprise Executive Education & Development (SEED) program is for experienced professionals in positions of leadership or management who are interested in creating value by designing and incorporating sustainability practices into their business environments.

Learn how to maximize resources while designing robust sustainability programs that fuel productivity, innovation and profits within your organization, especially during the COVID era of shrinking resources and budgets. Upon completion of the program, you will come away with tangible tools to drive growth, enhance reputation, reduce risks and cut costs looking through a sustainable enterprise lens.

Unlike most executive-level programs of its kind, SEED combines the leadership expertise of faculty from the highly-ranked Villanova School of Business with the technical knowledge of professors in Villanova’s first-of-its-kind Sustainable Engineering program. You will learn from those who see the landscape from all vantage points, providing you with a holistic and strategic advantage to thrive in today’s global environment


Bring real-world experiences into the course and learn to apply sustainable solutions to address business challenges. With participants across various sectors, the SEED program is designed to be interactive with built-in networking opportunities to connect with peers.

Strengthen Business Strategy

A new political administration will require strategies for addressing key global issues. The SEED program prepares you to ramp up your organization’s environmental programs accordingly.

Develop a Sustainable Lens

Gain a competitive advantage by viewing four key business drivers through a sustainable lens: drive growth, enhance brand, cut costs and reduce risks

Consider Dollars and “Sense”

Discover how to design sustainability programs that drive innovation, stakeholder loyalty, profitability and resilience. Learn to maximize resources to ensure funding for sustainability projects.



Consisting of a five mini-courses, this online program offers the flexibility to complete the entire series and earn a certificate or take courses individually depending on your professional development goals.

This program is non-credit, pass/fail. Upon successful completion of all five mini-courses, participants will receive a Certificate in Sustainable Value Creation and 3.0 CEUs.

6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Examine sustainability in light of current megatrends, value drivers and their business impacts. Gain insight into the “Wall Street View” of sustainability and learn how to strengthen the business case for implementing sustainable practices to create value for your organization.

6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Gain an understanding of sustainability tools such as Life Cycle Assessment & STEEP analysis to tackle key sustainability issues. Through a systems-thinking approach, we will examine the interconnections between sustainability and business and how sustainability frameworks strive to leverage these opportunities.

6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Learn to design supply chain management and sourcing systems that utilize circular value chain principles to reduce footprint, improve resource utilization and accelerate a circular economy. Discover best practices for creating resilient value chains and how to apply them to your business to create sustainable value.

6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Gain a better understanding of strategic management systems and their application to sustainability strategy development. Learn common approaches to quantifying risk exposure and opportunity mapping as well as an overview of integrated reporting and the sustainable reporting structures that are most widely implemented.

6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Understand the key drivers for leading engagement with sustainability to transform your enterprise. Discover tangible tools and takeaways to engage your stakeholders, influence sustainable change, and create shared value. Topics include materiality and its integration into strategic change management, persuasive communications and messaging and the importance of employee engagement.


Each mini-course in the five-part series meets three times over a period of two weeks for two hours per session. Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM EST.

Format Online


100% Online



Live, Instructor Led


Cost per course



Individual Courses

Take courses in the series individually depending on your professional development areas of focus

$799 per course


Earn a Certificate

Complete all five mini-courses in the series and earn a certificate in “Sustainable Value Creation”

$3595 per package (10% Discount)


Business Leaders

This program will benefit executives in significant leadership roles who are looking to enhance awareness and understanding of sustainability issues, and their impact on the organization. Directors, senior managers, and vice presidents with 5-10 years of work experience will come away from each course with insights to develop sustainable strategies.

Technical Professionals  

Mid-level professionals in technical and sustainability-focused roles who wish to strengthen their business acumen around this topic with the goal of creating value for their organization, will benefit from this program. Each course is designed to provide you with tangible takeaways and leadership skills to communicate with purpose in a rapidly changing environment.

Job Functions

Mid-level sustainability professionals and those in leadership positions including:

  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Procurement
  • Research and development
  • Strategy
  • Supply chain


Price per course is $799. Attendees who wish to register for the entire series in advance will receive a package rate of $3595 (a savings of $400 over registering for each individual course) and earn a certificate in Sustainable Value Creation.


Course: Understanding Sustainability & Making its Business Case (starts March 31, 2021)
Registration Deadline: March 17, 2021

Course: Tackling Sustainability Frameworks with a Systems Mindset (starts April 21, 2021)
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2021

Course: Designing Resilient Value Chains (starts May 12, 2021)
Registration Deadline: April 28, 2021

Course: Developing Sustainability Strategy & Integrating Reporting (starts June 2, 2021)
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2021

Course: Leaders as Drivers for Sustainability Engagement & Enterprise Transformation (starts June 23, 2021)
Registration Deadline: June 9, 2021


James Osborn - SEED

“The components of sustainability - environmental, social, governance (“ESG”) - are at the forefront of society now more than ever. A corporation needs to understand how it can use sustainability for a more equitable future for all stakeholders, including employees, community, and the planet, which can drive financial growth and risk management. Villanova’s SEED program provides the framework to address these issues.” - James Osborn, Founder, Envest Asset Management

Mark Muller, Senior Manager, Aircraft Systems at Boeing

“The SEED program is incredibly timely given the growing realization and acceptance of the sustainability challenges that we face, and the resulting business opportunities. With an effective set of sustainability practices and tools, which the program provides, companies will be equipped to succeed in facing the macro changes that are underway.” - Mark Muller, Senior Manager, Aircraft Systems at Boeing


Karl Schmidt

Karl Schmidt, MS – Faculty Lead

Expertise: Resilient Value Chain & Strategic Reporting

Schmidt develops and teaches graduate sustainability courses for the College of Engineering and Villanova School of Business’ MBA Program. He also serves as the director of the RISE Forum, which helps to advance member companies’ sustainability efforts through applied research and graduate student team projects. Prior to joining Villanova, Schmidt spent 28 years as an executive in environmental affairs, process excellence and global supply chain management at Johnson & Johnson..

Katie Iacocca

Kathleen Iacocca, PhD

Expertise: Supply Chain & Business Analytics

Dr. Iacocca is an Associate Professor of Management and Operations at the Villanova School of Business with her PhD in supply chain management. She has taught courses such as Introduction to Business Analytics, Advanced Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management and Management Science. Her research includes applications of these topics in the healthcare industry and optimization across the supply chain. Dr. Iacocca’s work has been featured in many notable business publications including the International Journal of Production Research and Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Bill Lorenz

William Lorenz, MBA

Expertise: Sustainability Business & Leadership

Lorenz has more than 45 years of experience in the field of sustainable engineering. He previously worked for the Sun Oil Company, first in the refineries and then at the corporate level. During his tenure, he established new air, water, hazardous waste and audit programs that coincided with the development and implementation of the nation’s first sets of federal legislation. In 1984, Lorenz cofounded Environmental Resources Management and established the company's management consulting practice.

Therese DeVries Narzikul

Therese DeVries Narzikul, ’04 MBA, MSN, CRNP

Expertise: Systems Thinking & Transformational Leadership

Narzikul is a Professor of Practice in Systems Thinking in the Executive MBA program at the School of Business. She is also CEO of APN Strategies, a healthcare consulting and executive coaching company, where she helps clients use complexity to their advantage. She has more than 20 years as a strategic leader in both the payer and provider sectors of healthcare systems as well as in the non-profit, social enterprise space. In the governmental sector, Narzikul has worked to design new approaches that expose interdependencies with a commitment to improving outcomes.

Graham Sinclair, MBA

Graham Sinclair, ‘04 MBA

Expertise: Sustainable Finance & Integrated Reporting

Sinclair [@esgarchitect] runs an ESG advisory boutique designing sustainable investment theses. Global client engagements include AIG Global Investors Group, the UN Environment Programme for the Principles for Responsible Investment, the Gates Foundation, International Finance Corporation, Istanbul Stock Exchange, the China Africa Development Fund, and The John Templeton Foundation. Sinclair has professional certifications in investment and sustainability and was selected to the inaugural cohort of the WWF One Planet Leaders Programme in Switzerland.

Dave Stangis, MBA, MS

Dave Stangis, MBA, MS

Expertise: Corporate Responsibility Strategy & ESG Leadership

Stangis most recently served as Chief Sustainability Officer and VP Corporate Responsibility/Public Affairs at Campbell Soup Company. He currently advises leading companies on ESG, technology and reputation and resiliency strategies. Over the course of 20 years, Stangis led two very different Fortune 500 corporations—Intel and Campbell—from a standing start to clear and consistent world-class leadership in ESG, sustainability and social responsibility.



Victoria Minerva

Victoria Minerva, ’13 MSSE, ’17 MBA

Director, Sustainable Enterprise Executive Education & Development (SEED) program

Passionate about making an impact in the field of sustainability , Minerva is excited to manage the SEED program which will help experienced professionals create value in their organizations by designing and incorporating sustainability practices into their business environments.

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