Greensboro, N.C. – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) and American Express this week kicked off the second American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy, a nation-wide program to develop the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector. A second run of the Academy is scheduled for the fall.
The Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a week-long training program created in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) that immerses participants in leadership training and development courses through sessions with American Express senior executives, including the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth I. Chenault. The Leadership Academy includes guest speakers Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center, and Marie Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project.
Launched in 2008 to address the need created by a growing deficit of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector, the Leadership Academy brings together twenty-four emerging leaders from within community, environmental, international relief and cultural organizations. The Leadership Academy focuses on building the personal, business and leadership skills needed to run and lead a successful nonprofit organization. American Express executives participating in the Leadership Academy will conduct sessions about career development, business strategy, brand management and marketing.
“It’s a privilege to partner once again on the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy,” CCL President John Ryan said. “As a nonprofit itself, CCL has a keen interest in seeing this sector thrive. We look forward to helping these gifted men and women make an even greater impact on our local communities and our country.”
“Following the success of our inaugural Leadership Academy in 2008, American Express is pleased to provide this important learning and development forum to a new group of dedicated, emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president, American Express Foundation. “We are deeply encouraged by our Leadership Academy alumni who continue to link their academy experience to positive developments in key aspects of their jobs, and we look forward to inducting the new class.”
For 2009, the twenty four emerging leaders were selected from twelve national and local nonprofit partners. The national nonprofits are:
- The American Red Cross
- Feeding America (formerly named America’s Second Harvest)
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
- The National Academy Foundation (NAF)
- The Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
The local nonprofits based in American Express Service Center locations are:
- Audubon Arizona, Phoenix
- Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Fort Lauderdale
- Catholic Community Services of Utah, Salt Lake City
- Childsplay, Inc., Tempe
- Family Central, Inc., Miami
- The Music Academy of North Carolina, Greensboro
Several Academy alumni from 2008 returned this year to meet and mentor current participants. Input gathered from past participants has been instrumental in the ongoing development of the program. As a result of their participation in last year’s Leadership Academy, alumni attribute improved communication with colleagues and managers, expanded leadership skills, and greater self-awareness as a few of the ways their careers have been impacted from the experience.
“The Academy program gave me a unique perspective in terms of working with all levels of executives – and boosted my confidence in my ability to work with a variety of people and personalities. The coaching aspect was also invaluable”, said Ali Marano, Director of Strategic Partnerships at NPower, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive technology assistance to other nonprofit groups nationally.
About American Express
The American Express Company is a leading global payments and travel company founded in 1850. One of American Express’ 3 platforms for its philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit sector, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century.