April 2014 —

Greensboro, NC – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) and American Express will host 48 emerging nonprofit leaders from across the United States during the American Express Leadership Academy the week of May 5. Held by American Express in New York City, the program aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector.

The Leadership Academy is a five-day training program that CCL and American Express have partnered on since 2008. It immerses participants in leadership development and business skills through sessions with CCL faculty and American Express senior executives, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth I. Chenault.

Created to address a growing shortage of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector, the Leadership Academy brings together emerging leaders from community, environmental, international relief and cultural organizations. American Express executives participating in the Leadership Academy conduct sessions about career development, business strategy, brand management and marketing. CCL faculty members work with participants on assessing and enhancing their leadership skills.

“As a member of the nonprofit sector, CCL takes special pride in helping this new class of talented leaders drive results for their organizations and communities,” CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan said. “We are privileged to partner with American Express on an initiative that has created lasting impact for more than 450 rising leaders over the past six years.”

To expand the Academy’s reach, American Express will live-stream a special session, “Funders Panel: An Inside Perspective,” from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT on May 7. Moderated by Dennis Whittle, executive chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, the panel will feature private and corporate funders, including Rose Kirk, president, Verizon Foundation, Phillip Henderson, president, Surdna Foundation, and Richard Brown, vice president, American Express Philanthropy, discussing emerging issues and best practices related to engaging grant makers. Live-stream viewers can join the conversation and submit questions for the panel on Twitter by using the hashtags #amexleads and/or #socentchat. Register for the live-stream athttps://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/359/4106.

“The American Express Leadership Academy has proven to be an effective program for developing the critical business and leadership skills needed by today’s nonprofit leaders,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president, American Express Foundation. “We see an opportunity to further address the training deficit in the sector and want to give all leaders access to learn, discuss and collaborate around one of the most critical aspects of a nonprofits survival &mash; fundraising. We believe fostering a pipeline of emerging leaders will ensure nonprofit and social sector organizations thrive in the future.”

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 10 providers of executive education by Financial Times, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038
martins@ccl.org

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