April 2010 —

Greensboro, NC – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) and American Express this week welcomed 48 nonprofit leaders from across the United States to the fourth American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Held in New York City from April 26 to 30, the program aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector.

The Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a five-day training program created in partnership with CCL. It immerses participants in leadership training and development courses through sessions with CCL faculty and American Express senior executives, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth I. Chenault. Futurist Andrew Zolli and business and civic leader Vernon Jordan were also scheduled to address the group.

Launched in 2008 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. It 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 conduct sessions about career development, business strategy, brand management and marketing. CCL faculty members work with participants on assessing and enhancing their leadership skills.

“Alumni of this prestigious program consistently 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 wants to see this sector thrive. It continues to be a privilege to partner with American Express on behalf of communities across the country.”

For this month’s session, emerging leaders were selected from national and local nonprofits including City Year; Community Health Charities of America; The Foundation Center; Independent Sector; The League of American Orchestras; the National Consumers League; and United Way Worldwide.

“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 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 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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