Veteran Innovation Executive Patty Burke to Lead CCL’s Silicon Valley Initiatives

December 2015 —

San Jose, CA – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a top-ranked global provider of leadership development, today announced a new initiative to expand its presence in Silicon Valley. Veteran innovation consultant and marketing executive Patty Burke joins CCL as a strategic business partner for leadership and innovation solutions.

Burke, based in San Jose, is responsible for expanding CCL’s involvement in Silicon Valley’s innovation and leadership community and bringing CCL’s world-class experts, data and content to this dynamic region.

“Silicon Valley companies are experiencing dramatic growth, with an increasing impact on the global economy. Sustaining this momentum requires effective leaders who are able to thrive in fast-changing, hyper-growth environments,” said CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan. “CCL’s decades of research and practical experience can play a critical role in helping organizations accelerate their leadership performance.”

Burke joins CCL from Accelevate, a corporate venture capital and innovation consultancy. She has decades of experience in Silicon Valley, consulting with corporations, startups and venture capital firms. She previously held VP-level positions with software and networking companies including Symantec, Madge, and Ramp Networks.

CCL offers a full range of open-enrollment programs at its 10 offices worldwide and works extensively with clients on custom programs in leadership strategy, innovation, change leadership and other key areas. CCL programs include assessment, learning and coaching to ensure maximum impact. In addition, as companies strive for leadership diversity, CCL is serving women executives with its brand-new Women’s Leadership Experience program.

“As a former technology executive, I understand the importance of leadership development in today’s complex and unpredictable environments,” Burke says. “I was attracted to CCL because of its consistently high rankings in industry surveys and its research and data-driven program design, which are unique attributes in the executive development industry.”

Burke is also chartered with bringing CCL’s thought leadership to the Bay Area, where CCL will launch a quarterly Breakfast Forum Series in Silicon Valley in February, showcasing its latest research and authors. The first program on Wednesday, February 24 will feature CCL senior research scientist Jennifer Deal, author of the forthcoming book What Millennials Want from Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce.

To support CCL’s mission as a nonprofit organization, Burke will also partner with the business community to offer program scholarships and support for emerging leaders.


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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