For Tom Cahill, Senior Director of Global Compensation and Equity at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, executive education programs are and will continue to be the "cornerstone of my external learning for the balance of my career." Cahill recently earned an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership and had high expectations for the programs--expectations that he says were consistently exceeded.
"MIT Sloan Executive Education is a truly immersive experience that delivers on its promise to teach, challenge, and engage in ways that produce real development in your capacity and capability as a leader and practitioner." To date, Cahill has completed six programs, including Strategies for Sustainable Business, Maximizing Your Personal Productivity, Neuroscience for Leadership, and Building Game-Changing Organizations.
Tools for reducing his organization's carbon footprint
Strategies for Sustainable Business, taught by John Sterman and Jason Jay, applies MIT frameworks to the topic of sustainability so participants can return to their organizations with practical strategies to incorporate change. As a result of taking the course, Cahill says he has broadened his thinking about sustainability issues and embraced certain sustainability efforts, which are at the forefront of his company's agenda.
In fact, The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) recently announced that Alexion's global headquarters achieved LEED Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors--the highest level of green building certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Alexion is one of fewer than 15 buildings in Connecticut to earn this prestigious certification. Alexion achieved the certification for implementing a variety of green solutions, including a green roof top, renewable energy sources, high-performance fixtures designed to save water, and materials such as paints and adhesives that provide increased air quality for building occupants. Cahill says he would like to see Alexion continue to push the boundaries in reducing their carbon footprint, become more "green," and also drive employee awareness of how "each of us can effect change for the better."