Leading Sustainable Innovation Professional Certificate


Grossman School of Business

We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions for the Leading Sustainable Innovation Professional Certificate Program. If you have additional questions about the program, be sure to reach out to our Advisor Team at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.

I missed the Info Session Webinar with the Instructor, Matt Mayberry. Can I watch the recorded session to learn more about the course and get a sneak peak at the simulation?
Absolutely! To access the webinar, simply click here. Note, Flash will need to be active to view the video.

How much does the program cost?

Cost: $2,250 per person
Groups: For groups of five or more participants from the same organization, there are discounted rates available. Contact us to discuss further details.
Discounts: 20% off for UVM and UVM Medical Center Affiliates, $300 off for Net Impact Affiliates

When is the registration deadline?
January 14, 2019

Can the course be taken from anywhere, including outside the US?
Yes. Our certificate program is 100% online.

I am from California, therefore I am on Pacific Coast Time (UTC). How will I be able to tune into online lectures?
The Leading Sustainable Innovation Professional Certificate is being run as an asynchronous learning opportunity meaning the course content will be available at all times. This facilitates information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among the cohort of students. This method of teaching design makes it accessible to students, international audiences, and mid-career professionals.

How will I work with my simulation team if we’re in different time zones?
Just as in real life, each simulation team will need to make joint business decisions even when participants are in different time zones. Most of the discussions can take place asynchronously using discussion forums and chat features. For some real-time decision making, it may be necessary to coordinate live meetings across the team or in sub-groups. We will provide you with an option for creating these online meetings.

What is the type of business in the simulation? Will the simulation experience be relevant to my job?
The simulation is a bioproducts business located in Uruguay. The roles on each simulation team include internal business functions (e.g. production, sales & marketing, engineering, HR, EH&S, etc.) as well as external stakeholders (corporate, government, NGO). The strategic challenges your team will face are similar to those in most industries today: integrating sustainability into the core business, dealing with industry disruption, transitioning to a new business model while maintaining the existing business, engaging stakeholders to solve complex social challenges, etc. While your role in the simulation will likely not mirror your current job, the experience you gain by stepping outside of your job and working with a new team on a new business will be highly relevant. The experience will teach you how to collaborate with others—both within your organization and outside your organization—to find new sources of innovation and create value from them, both for your organization and for society. These practical skills are essential to any leader who hopes to propel their organization towards a sustainable future.

Are there any pre-requisites to register for the program?
This program is designed for professionals with at least 3 years of experience working in organizations. While we have no specific prerequisites, you should have a basic understanding of business and some experience working in teams. During the registration process, we will ask you some questions about your experience, education, and learning objectives to make sure the program is a good fit for you. If we determine that it is not, we will let you know and provide a full refund. Since an important aspect of this program is participants learning from each other, we want to ensure that each simulation team has an adequate level of experience and motivation from which to draw.

Is it possible to enroll an intact team for the simulation from the same organization?
Yes. The minimum team size is 8, so we would require this number to form a dedicated team from a single organization. Please let us know during the registration process if you would like to enroll an intact team.

What are the requirements to obtain the Certificate? 
The program consists of a variety of learning activities, each of which has points assigned. Participants must earn 80% of the possible points, receive all 6 weekly badges, and earn required badges in Team Contribution (80% score on assessment) and Final Project (80% score on peer review) to earn the Certificate.

How much time should I expect to dedicate to the program every week?

The program requires approximately 5-8 hours per week. This includes 1 – 2 hours per week learning about fundamental concepts and skills (video, short readings, discussions, quizzes, etc.); 3 – 4 hours per week on the team simulation (including team decision-making); 1 – 2 hours per week applying what you learn to your workplace in the personal project.

Does everyone in the class work on the same activities together?
The program is designed to be flexible and asynchronous, allowing you to learn what interests you most each week at your pace. You can explore content in any order throughout the duration of the course—all of the conceptual content is available from the beginning. At the same time, the team simulation requires coordinating with your team on specific activities each week. You may also decide as a team to explore certain content together to improve your performance or fill gaps in your knowledge. The personal project is completed independently with peer reviews occurring during the final week.

Who are the program facilitators and how do I interact with them?
The facilitators are experienced professionals, with strong expertise in facilitating team simulation experiences and online learning. Your facilitator will work with your simulation team to answer questions and stimulate your thinking, discussions, and decision making. By monitoring your online discussions, your facilitator can judge whether you are addressing important strategic questions and considering available information and offer prompts. Our facilitators are experts at helping teams discover insights through experience rather than giving answers. They also provide helpful feedback about the personal projects. Facilitators may include UVM faculty as well as outside professionals.

How will I be interacting with other participants?
Our learning platform is designed to promote social learning. We encourage cohort interaction through the discussion forums used to explore content throughout the program and through peer reviews of assignments. In addition, you will be working closely with the members of your simulation team as you make strategic decisions each week. Some of your discussions will occur in discussion forums, while more tactical decision-making may take place in your team chat room or via live meetings.

What are the “a-ha” moments that happen for students?
A lot of the “ah-ha” moments happen in the process we call “cracking the code.” In the beginning there is a lot of information to handle and decisions to make within your role. As the weeks go on you start developing an understanding of how your role connects with other roles, and you begin to piece together cause and effect with your role and other roles, allowing a big picture to form.

What are the technology requirements for this program?
The online learning environment can be accessed via the internet on desktop and laptop computers, tablets and smartphones. Browsers that are supported for both the learning environment and the simulation include (latest two versions):

  • Chrome: version 31+
  • Safari: version 7+
  • Firefox: version 26+
  • Internet Explorer is currently NOT supported for the simulation.

For mobile devices:

  • Last 2 released models of: iPhone/iPad using Safari
  • Samsung Android devices using Chrome as browser (last 2 versions)

In addition, the simulation requires Microsoft Excel to be installed on your device. We’ll provide a link to a free read-only version available from Microsoft.

Can I access the online course content after the program is completed?
Yes, you will have access to the full course content for 3 months from the start of the program.

Have a question that is not listed here?
Our Advisors are here to help. Please call us at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.