The Center for Creative Leadership was founded on the belief that leadership can change the world. For nearly 50 years, our mission has compelled us to improve the understanding, practice, and development of leadership at all levels. We care deeply about advancing social interests and improving the human condition.
In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we are sharing 5 stories of impact — highlighting individuals and partnerships whose dedication to the greater good is among the things we are thankful for this year. We’re grateful to all of the donors, foundations, and funding partners for making this work possible. You too, can give the gift of leadership and be a catalyst for positive change through support of our Societal Advancement initiatives.
Training Public Health Leaders
Angela Gray, a public health nurse in rural West Virginia, is one of only 25 nurses from across the U.S. selected as a Public Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
West Virginia, like many places across the nation, has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Angela and the rest of the select group enrolled in our special 2-year leadership development program designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public-health nurses to improve health and lead collaboration in their communities. Angela not only learned new skills and gained confidence, she also was able to immediately apply her learnings in her community. Now Angela says she never would have had the confidence, tools, or the ability to influence others and make her project a reality without CCL.
Empowering Next Generation Leaders
Now in its 8th year, the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program — developed by CCL for the Golden LEAF Foundation — is designed to provide scholars from rural North Carolina with the leadership skills and tools necessary to return to their hometowns as future community and business leaders. The Golden LEAF Foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to help students attend the state’s colleges and universities.
Creating a Home for Those in Need
With a shared sense of purpose and passion, CCL and Habitat for Humanity International are creating and empowering new leaders who are engaged in their communities and their world through initiatives like the Young Leaders Build Program. This program will engage 1 million young people in the Asia-Pacific region through volunteering, fundraising, awareness raising, and advocacy by 2020. This is how we change the world.
Mentoring Civic-Minded College Students
Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has invested in more than 5,800 college students who have demonstrated leadership potential through individual scholarships. Two years ago, we joined alongside the Foundation to implement a coaching initiative for the Scholars. In August, an additional 20 alumni were trained to provide coaching for 60+ Scholars as they navigate their college careers. An impressive 100% of coaches reported enhanced leadership skills as a result of the program.
Transforming School Cultures
Tim Isaacs had been interim principal at Central Hardin High for 2 years when he entered the Kentucky Leadership Institute for School Principals, funded by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. Central had been labeled a “school in need” and Tim knew turning it around would be challenging. The Institute offered targeted professional development that could help him hone important skills crucial for success. Tim says that the program encouraged him to focus on feedback and build the leadership capabilities of his staff. Together, they changed the culture of their school and became a “School of Distinction.” Now, the students at Central Hardin High have even brighter futures.