"The scientists have determined what we need to do to cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, and divert our waste; the engineers have developed the systems, products, and technology to do so; and governments have passed regulations compelling action. What's missing? The leadership and effective navigation of the changes that accompany this shift. That's the focus of my work," says Aleen Bayard.
Her real-world experience in organizational change and sustainability management, and her experience teaching the principles and skills which inform her work, come together in her UChicago Immersion course. Bayard founded Footprint Partners to work with organizations to implement effective leadership practices and change management strategies related to the adoption of environmental sustainability initiatives. She holds a certificate in Leadership in Sustainability Management from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and currently is teaching in that program. She also teaches Organizational Change and Leadership Principles at Northwestern University. Bayard holds a BA from Stanford University, a master's from Columbia University, and a master's in Organizational Change from Northwestern University. She has been certified by Natural Step to use its proprietary framework for sustainability. She is on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council and the American Institute of Architects — Illinois, and a 20-year volunteer and activist with The Hunger Project. Past students have praised her passion and know-how: whether she is leading a field trip or a lesson on sustainability and ROI (return on investment), Bayard believes in giving students the tools they need to understand how organizations work and how leaders can foster change.