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From Executive Education Course to Head of Sustainability: Watch One Leader’s Journey to Championing Change for a Healthier Planet

Written by Ann-Mari Höfinger on Apr 7, 2022

Related content: Corporate Social Responsibility, Learner Stories, Executive Education, Impact and Outcomes

Humans have a precarious symbiotic relationship with the planet we live on. Our health depends on the Earth as much as the Earth depends on us. But with rising temperatures from climate change leading to droughts, floods, air pollution, and other conditions that claim millions of lives each year, it’s becoming more clear that every decision we make concerning our environment has a butterfly effect on the wellness of our planet and our people.

The path to a more sustainable future is not just about the adjustments we can make in our individual personal lives—critical changes driven by communities, businesses, and entire industries can have an even greater collective impact. In 2022, having leaders who can guide their organizations and constituents to more sustainable mindsets and operational models across all areas of business is not just an attractive bullet on someone’s resume. It’s imperative for our global outlook.

Rachel Delhaise is one of a growing number of these leaders who’ve taken it upon themselves to learn more about corporate sustainability in their respective fields—and then apply their newfound knowledge directly back into their organization’s top-to-bottom practices. Last year, Rachel enrolled in the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)’s executive education course on Business Sustainability Management presented by GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, which teaches leaders the skills needed to champion positive change through designing, implementing, and promoting sustainable development. Shortly after completing the course, Rachel became head of sustainability at Convex Insurance in the UK and is now using her role to influence corporate values and accelerate the evolution of her company.

Successful businesses will be those that address sustainability and implement change now. Driving change starts with education, and as Rachel shares in her video below, we all need to take more action toward a better tomorrow. You can learn even more about how sustainability is impacting skill-building, careers, and business in our 2021 Sustainability Report.

Watch Rachel tell her story in this three-minute video:

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