For-Credit Courses

Online Offerings: Sustainability & Social Impact

Our non-degree offerings are online, synchronous professional development opportunities for those interested in sustainability and social impact. The courses are designed to enhance skillsets and provide tools and strategies to impact change in the workplace and beyond.


Type of Course

12-Week, 4-Credit Courses

Start Date

Week of January 19, 2021


Bachelor’s degree; participants with a genuine interest in sustainability and social impact

Time Commitment

6:00pm – 9:30pm, online once a week

Years of Experience

Designed for participants with all levels of work experience


$975 per course


Create Sustainable Environments
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Move beyond a “one size fits all” model and consider the kind of world you would like to create and be equipped with the tools to proceed.

People-First Everything
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Learn how to reach people, not consumers, by not only understanding what they need but also what they deserve.

Global-Minded Approach
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Gain insights on how to critically and strategically analyze challenges in the context of the global marketplace.

Induce Critical Thinking
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Approach problem solving by examining real-life scenarios that push you to ask the right and often difficult questions.

Effective Future Leaders
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Gain insights on how to develop comprehensive strategies that are results-oriented, sustainable and timeless.

Competitive Positioning
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Learn how to apply a range of analytical tools and frameworks for assessment and development of a firm’s strategic capability, competences and competitive position in a variety of global settings.



List Of Courses

Sustainable Fashion Business Strategy


Tuesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Building a new sustainably-focused fashion business, or shifting an existing business not currently managing sustainability considerations, requires a specific set of skills, considering all needs of the business from supply chain to marketing messaging. As the world changes and demands a new paradigm for operating a business – eschewing the former singular goal of profit for shareholders and replacing that with the need to serve a wide range of stakeholders a new knowledge base, a greater flexibility and an entirely different skill set is required to succeed. Success under such a paradigm is not just doing better than before but actively doing good.

This module covers the range of considerations specific to operating with a common good lens but general to every fashion business, focusing on product creation including designing for reduced impact, material sourcing for sustainability and ethics, supply chain considerations, tools and metrics by which to manage sustainability/ethics/impact in your business, brand voice and impact messaging, circular economy considerations, risk management, positive impact opportunities, best business structures for positive impact, and shifting stakeholder perspectives. Through readings, lectures, class discussion, guest speakers, and development of a sustainability focused business outline students will develop the toolset needed to function at any level of a business – from independent contributor to CEO – to support positive impact.


Michelle Gabriel – Managing Director at Purslane

Michelle is currently the Managing Director of Purslane, the first zero-waste and carbon neutral catering and events company in the US. A sustainability and small business strategist with more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in company management, operations, product development, supply chain transparency, project management, and creative direction for hospitality, product, and apparel brands. Michelle’s current work focuses on pushing the hospitality industry towards greater sustainability by creating a more viable, healthy, and profitable future for the planet, people, and brands. Michelle earned her M.S. in International Fashion Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian New York College and her B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati.
Navigating Global Change


Wednesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Climate change. Population growth. Collapsing natural resource stocks. Economic inequality. Governance breakdowns. Automation. Ideological conflict. Distressed infrastructure.

We live in a world that will be forced to confront these challenges, whether we like it or not, whether we are ready or not. Do you know how these factors will affect your professional future and your organization? Businesses don’t operate in a vacuum. They simultaneously shape and are shaped by the geopolitical, economic, social, natural, and technological environments in which they operate. As companies seek to navigate the risks and opportunities presented by future changes, they urgently need curious, ethical, and responsible leaders who can look at these global trends and solve problems across corporate functions.

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills and tools to successfully face some of the most significant global issues for business managers. It asks participants to envision the future they would like to live in, and to consider the myriad ways of leading their communities and companies to that future. During the course, participants will be challenged to think about ways to rebalance equity across the value chain, promote circular economies, and integrate cross-sector approaches that lead to positive social and environmental impact.


Seisei Tatebe-Goddu – Chief Operating Officer at Future Now & Future Now Fund

Seisei is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Future Now Fund and Future Now, organizations which are building the power to improve Americans’ lives by winning state legislative majorities and working with them to achieve goals for the common good. Previously, she was the founding COO of Run for Something, Deputy Director of Operations for the North Carolina Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, and founder/managing director of a consulting group that worked with over 70 clients across the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe on strategy and organizational development challenges. She earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.
Values-Based Leadership


Mondays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Being an exceptional leader in today’s complex and fast-moving business environment demands specific skills and the ability to successfully predict and adapt to changing realities. Through their words, actions and behaviors values-based leaders seek to inspire, influence and motivate the people in their organizations to lead with shared values and implement them consistently to the benefit of their business and the common good. In Values-Based Leadership Skills for An Interconnected World, students will accelerate their leadership by reflecting on their own assets and developmental needs, learn how others perceive them and leverage this new self-awareness to create their own leadership development action plan.  Because performance in a leadership role requires more than just knowledge and skills, we will use group experiential activities to help students gain an understanding of the factors that drive effective values-based leadership across the spectrum of contexts affecting their ability to achieve great results.


David Grad – Co-Founder and CEO at Elevator9

David is Co-Founder of the learning and development Tech Start-Up, Elevator9 and Senior Consultant with the Kaufman Partnership, where he is an executive coach and facilitator of corporate leadership programs.  Previously, David had a 23 year career as an Emmy-winning creative strategist, producer & consultant for executives, brands & social enterprises.  His media career spanned roles including Executive Producer leading teams at MTV’s in-house agency, creative director of social impact campaigns, television host and actor in plays, independent films and commercials.  He earned his MS in Strategic Communication from Columbia University, a BA in Mass Communication and a BA in Theatre from Florida State University.
Building 21st Century Resilience


Wednesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Are you and your business ready to adapt to rapid environmental, economic, social, technological and political challenges, safeguard people and assets, all the while maintaining profitable and impactful enterprise? What does it mean to have a complete risk assessment and planning that would assure continuity of your business and its mission? Business resilience is exactly a measure of your readiness for unexpected, any adversity that can test your enterprise to its limits.

In this course, students will work towards constructing a complete business resilience mapping and business continuity planning, all based on real life case discussions and up-to-date examples of dealing with management of extreme risks.


Adrian Studer – Business Development Consultant & Senior Advisor (Banking & Insurance) at Synpulse Management Consulting

Adrian brings over 25 years of financial services experience in global finance, business development and front office roles. For the last three years, he advises financial institutions in the transition to innovative technologies. Until recently, he was leading the Risk, Regulatory and Compliance practice for a New York based management consulting firm, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of a RegTech startup. Previously, he worked as Managing Director at Credit Suisse in New York, most recently as Head of Financial Management of the Americas Wealth Management Division and prior to that, as Global Head of Regulatory for Credit Suisse Group and for Credit Suisse First Boston, a global investment bank.
Impact Through Social Entreprenuership


Tuesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to the concept of social entrepreneurship (and related concepts of business and social innovation). Students are taught to critically assess social entrepreneurship within a variety of social, economic, and political contexts. Through this course, students utilize a human-centered design perspective and hands-on approach to develop their own social enterprises (nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models). This prepares students to critically explore an issue of their choice and develop a social enterprise with a clear business model, balancing financial return and social and/or environmental impact.



Amisha Parekh - Product Manager for Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg

Amisha is the Product Manager for Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg, she was formerly Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy at Deloitte. Her career has taken her to Procter & Gamble and Walmart in roles from brand management to sustainability strategy. She earned her MBA (Corporate Strategy) from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, an MS in Environmental Policy and Behavior (also from the University of Michigan), and a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton. She is the co-author of High-Performance Hospitality: Sustainable Hotel Case Studies, one of the first books published on sustainability in the hospitality industry.

GCNYC Non-Matriculated For-Credit Policy

Students who have taken for-credit courses (non-matriculated) are eligible to apply these credits toward an M.S. degree program at GCNYC.

A maximum of 4 credits may be applied toward a master’s program ​free of charge. If a student wishes to apply more than 4 credits, a $500 transaction/matriculation fee applies.