October 2009 —

Greensboro, NC – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) and American Express will kick off the third American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy in New York City on October 26. The nation-wide program aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector. It is the second run of the program this year.

The Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a five-day training program created in partnership with CCL that immerses participants in leadership training and development courses through sessions with CCL faculty and American Express senior executives.

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 community, environmental, international relief and cultural organizations across the United States. 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. CCL faculty members work with participants on assessing and enhancing their leadership skills.

“Executives who took part in the previous two programs tell us the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy had a tremendous impact on their leadership effectiveness,” CCL President John Ryan said. “As a nonprofit itself, CCL has a keen interest in seeing this sector thrive, and we’re delighted that this partnership with American Express is making a difference in communities across the nation.”

For this month’s session, the twenty four emerging leaders were selected from national and local nonprofits including Americans for the Arts, American Red Cross, Save the Children, Teach for America, Harlem Children’s Zone and Junior Achievement chapters in Arizona, Central Maryland, Memphis and South Florida.

Input gathered from past participants has been instrumental in the ongoing development of the program. As a result of their participation in the Leadership Academy, alumni reported improved communication with colleagues and managers, expanded leadership skills, and greater self-awareness as examples of how the experience enhanced their careers.

“The program was wonderful,” says alumna Edie Muehlberger, co-director of Earth Share Texas. “I have a better understanding of how my strengths and my style have worked for me, but I also learned that alternative approaches can be valuable. For example, I can easily jump in and give my ideas and answers. But, because I work collaboratively with hundreds of organizations and passionate people, my ability to facilitate a group and let other points and suggestions be heard is often more important.”

About American Express
American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) is a leading global payments and travel company founded in 1850.

American Express: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow
One of American Express’ three 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.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
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