Non-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.

Overview

Type of Course

6-Week Non-Credit Courses

Start Date

Sustainable Textiles: Jan. 19 to Feb. 23

Covid-19 – Risk Management and the Pandemic: Jan. 25 to Mar. 1

Brand Marketing: Power & Responsibility: Mar. 3 to Apr. 7

Prerequisites

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

Time Commitment

6:00pm – 8:30pm, online once a week

Cost

$600 per course

Years of Experience

Designed for participants with all levels of work experience

Takeaways

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.

Build Resilience
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Gain the tools and insights to enable the development of a resilience program in your organization, while understanding operational threats and appropriate responses.

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List Of Courses

COVID-19: Risk Management & the Pandemic

Timing:

Mondays 6:00pm to 8:30pm EST

Course Description:

Enterprise and Strategic Risk Management (ESRM) is an integrated and continuous firm-wide process to identify, assess and manage all types of risks, including financial, operational, environmental, and reputational risks. In this course we will start with an introduction to the key elements of ESRM. Based on this core knowledge we will assess the status of ESRM and preparedness of several companies across multiple industries in the lead-up to the global Covid-19 pandemic. We will review and assess the reaction to the crisis and agility of the companies to adapt to the evolving pandemic and its impact on the respective industry. Based on an assessment of responsiveness and resilience of each company, we will conclude with a compilation of tangible ideas and recommendations to be better prepared for future large-scale disruptions.

Faculty:

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.
Brand Marketing: Power and Responsibility

Timing:

Wednesdays 6:00pm to 8:30pm EST

Course Description:

Marketing is strongly influenced by cultural movements. The current, dominating conversation across every channel of culture is sustainability and marketers are constantly “exploiting” this phenomenon, engaging in green washing and “woke washing” through campaigns and activations. Given that, the marketplace is in need of a new framework that evaluates the authenticity of a marketing initiative.

This course aims to teach how to sustainably market a brand (vs. marketing sustainable brands) using a framework specifically developed to test the level of sustainability of any given marketing initiative. In the course, participants will analyze and discuss the integrity of current and past communication campaigns, and be challenged to think and ask questions to ensure marketing is not only profit oriented but also ethical.

Faculty:

Prasan Kumar – Marketing Strategist at Ogilvy

Prasan is a Strategy and Marketing expert with over 15 years of experience across B2B and B2C industries, bringing data-driven thinking to all. An enthusiastic business management professional, he has led communications development for several Fortune 500 companies, managed deployment of multimillion dollar global technology infrastructure and led the launch of a retail e-commerce business. His past experiences include working at Ogilvy, in Management Consulting and at an Investment Bank.  A creative at heart, he is also the author of a children’s book. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, another masters from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelors from Rutgers University.
Sustainable Textiles

Timing:

Tuesdays 6:00pm to 8:30pm EST

Course Description:

The course is an overview of the textile industry’s processing system from fiber, yarn, fabric, dyeing, finishing and its complexity affecting its relationship to fashion and sustainability.

Learn about the environmental and social impact caused by the use of chemicals and scarce resources utilized by the industry, and the drive towards implementing sustainable alternatives. This course will cover the development of best practices in the production processes and textile innovations as possible solutions to these problems. We will look into sustainable initiatives in recycling, upcycling, and consumer care of products. We will also discuss sustainability certification programs, proper use of industry terminology, and ethical considerations such as fair trade and worker assessment.

Faculty:

Lorenza Wong – Textile Consultant & Adjunct Professor of Textiles at FIT & Parsons School of Design

Lorenza Wong is a textile consultant and an adjunct professor of Textiles at Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design – The New School. Lorenza is known to be a highly creative and technical textile innovator with a passion for sustainable textiles. With more than 30 years of industry experience and achievements as a fashion and apparel executive with expertise in global raw material sourcing, fabric research and development, textile innovation, and driving product lifecycle management. Lorenza is dedicated to creating availability and accessibility of local natural raw materials through regenerative farming. In her various positions as the Vice President of Raw Materials and Operations for both Ralph Lauren Childrenswear and Raw Materials Procurement for the Ralph Lauren brand, Lorenza was accountable for all raw materials sourcing managing fabric qualities across divisions, supply chain efficiencies, lead time reduction, and cost of goods reductions, while optimizing overall purchasing strength of the company. Lorenza holds a MS in Textile Science from Cornell University, MS in International Fashion Marketing with a focus on sustainability from GCNYC and a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.