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The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, CCL helps clients around the world cultivate creative leadership—the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries.

Our mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.


The Center for Creative Leadership offers a dynamic portfolio of Open-enrollment Programs that rank in the Top 10 worldwide from Financial Times. CCL also provides a wide array of Customized Organizational Solutions, Assessment Instruments and Feedback Services, Leadership Coaching, publications and online learning.

International Reach

We offer leadership solutions to a worldwide audience from CCL campuses and Network Associate locations across the Americas; Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA); Russia and across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Since 2007, we have developed leaders from more than 120 countries.


CCL annually serves more than 20,000 individuals and 2,000 organizations including more than 80 of the Fortune 100 companies across the public, private, nonprofit and education sectors. Last year alone, we funded 255 scholarships at a value of more than $1 million for leaders of nonprofit organizations to attend CCL educational programs. In addition, our knowledge was disseminated to nearly two million people through CCL publications.

John Ryan

John R. Ryan


John R. Ryan is the president of the Center for Creative Leadership. Before joining CCL in 2007, he served as Chancellor of the State University of New York and Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. A former Navy pilot and retired Vice Admiral, Ryan commanded squadrons, wings and forces in Asia, Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career in the military.


CCL is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit educational institution and is directed by a distinguished Board of Governors.


CCL employs more than 500 faculty and staff on five campuses in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and maintains relationships with approximately 500 adjunct faculty members worldwide.


Since 1970, nearly 470,000 leaders have graduated from a CCL program.