Developing a Sustainable Business Strategy

Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Business Plan

Focus on the Bottom Line

Westchester County Association & Gabelli School of Business Partnership

Upcoming Dates:  November 8-10, 2023
Location: Online

We will look at the key ethical, economic, and scientific principles needed to manage “triple bottom line” enterprises: entities that are both profitable and responsible (socially and environmentally).

Participants learn to manage for the planet, people, profit and longevity simultaneously.

The main questions we will explore are:

  • How can businesses large and small cope with the environmental and social challenges to “business as usual?”
  • How can profitable and viable businesses protect the environment and reduce social injustice while dissipating society’s trust and confidence in private enterprise?

We will use as a backdrop the latest admonition by Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, to repurpose business and produce long term value for society. Participants will analyze a company of their choice in terms of its future viability and in turn develop strategies and product/service innovations that can help the company to succeed in a sustainability oriented world.

Program includes 8 weeks of mixed live classes and recorded lessons, cases, and exercises. Class will formally come together three times during the course (beginning, middle, and end) for 90-minute classes. 

The program culminates in a personalized, actionable strategic plan for your organization big or small.    


  • Developing the Sustainable Mindset
  • Global Managerial Challenges
  • Conceptual Underpinnings:  System, Organization, Individual
  • Managerial Challenges and Solutions
  • Leading Towards Sustainability: Case Studies
  • Planning and Presentations

Learning Goals:

  • Identify and understand global sustainability challenges
  • Deepen the understanding of the complexity of sustainability challenges (system level/individual level/organizational level)
  • Develop notions of leadership/management that are functional in the current global business context
  • Learn from current organizational leaders on how these challenges can be addressed.
  • Create the capacity to apply these insights to a company in the role as CEO
  • Learn how to respond to high level stakeholders, including shareholders, and demonstrate how a leader can address those challenges.

Program Dues:  

Prof. Michael Pirson, William J. Loschert Endowed Chair in Social Entrepreneurship
Professor and Area Chair, Leading People and Organizations