Darcy Stallings Winslow*
Darcy Stallings Winslow is the Managing Partner, and founding member, of the Academy for Systemic Change. The Academy is a 10-year initiative to unlock the human spirit and build capacity in business, education, community development and marine ecosystems to create systemic change for social, economic and biological well-being on a scale that matters.
The mission of the Academy is to work with leaders, communities and networks at all levels to begin to shift how we think and work together: to shift consciousness and perspectives from fatalism to possibility; from despair that critical systems are in decline, to see that it is possible to shift the current trajectory of existing systems.
In 2008, Darcy founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies. The Collective consists of experienced practitioners in sustainability, business strategy and leadership, facilitation, organizational management and development, change management, system dynamics, supply chain, marketing and communication.
Before starting her business she worked at Nike, Inc. for over 20 years and held several senior management positions within the business and the Nike Foundation, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation and as General Manager for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment business.
She also serves as an Executive-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management beginning the 2008 Fall Semester. She co-teaches the course Leadership Lab: Leading Sustainable Systems with Wanda Orlikowski and Peter Senge, a unique course at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Additionally, she teaches leadership sessions during the Sloan Innovation Periods.
Darcy currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). CCL is internationally recognized as one of the premier organizations focusing exclusively on leadership education and research, with unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations globally. Creative leadership is the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries that limit our effectiveness.
She joined in the efforts of several Sustainability champions via the work of Seed Systems and the Center for Nature and Leadership, both of which use systems inquiry and extended periods in the natural world, while working with individuals, teams, organizations, and networks to accelerate our transformation to a sustainable world.
And finally, Darcy has participated in three Antarctica Expeditions since 2009 led by Robert Swan and members of his 2041 team, providing expertise in the arena of sustainability and leadership. Robert Swan, OBE, is the founder of 2041 and the only person in history to reach both the North and South Poles unaided. These transformative Leadership on the Edge expeditions are designed to empower and inspire the participants, global leaders and emerging student leaders from around the world, to take action regarding climate change and become leaders and advocates for positive change in their workplace and community.
Darcy received her BS in Exercise Science, studied Sports Medicine, and received her MS in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, and is a 2003 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Portland Sustainability Institute, Institute for Nature and Leadership and the Board of Advisors for the Biomimicry Oregon and the Northwest Earth Institute.
Darcy is a lifelong athlete, avid traveler, and lives in Portland, Oregon and Crestone, Colorado.