Sylvia Struck

Executive Leadership Program - Vancouver Class 03

Sylvia Struck
Program Manager & Adjunct Professor
My pronouns are: she/her/hers
I am based in: Vancouver

I am a life-long learner, empathetic leader, strategist, systems thinker, explorer, and optimist at heart. I currently work at the nexus of environmental, social, and public health issues that include elevating underserved community needs and voices. I am also passionate about protecting natural resources, conservation, and sustainability. I believe in beauty and storytelling to move people to action.

As the child of an early NASA Space Program pioneer, I was encouraged to explore my environment and to develop a natural intellectual curiosity of the world around me. I was raised in a multicultural, multilingual environment, which gave me an appreciation for diverse cultures and ideas. I have used these insights to form effective relationships and teams with a broad range of clients in government, consulting, industry, academia, indigenous communities, and non-governmental organizations in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.

My career has led me to work on diverse issues such as water-reclamation prototypes for the international space station, nuclear non-proliferation, rights-based approaches in natural resources, promoting green products in manufacturing, life cycle analysis, and working with diverse clients on environmental and public health issues in highly political environments.

I also believe in promoting diversity at the leadership table. I was honored to be one of 78 international women leaders in science selected for Homeward Bound, a ground-breaking leadership program which aims to increase gender equity in leadership, culminating in an expedition to Antarctica.