Lynn Fick-Cooper

Lynn Fick-Cooper, MBA

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Chief Equity & Societal Impact Officer

Current Role

Lynn Fick-Cooper is CCL’s Chief Equity & Societal Impact Officer, where she leads diverse teams across the Americas, Europe, and Africa responsible for the design and delivery of leadership solutions for social sector organizations focused on K–12 and Higher EducationNonprofits, and Population Health; social sector research and evaluation; fundraising; and program operations.

Lynn also serves as the Executive Sponsor of our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Practice, working with a diverse team of leaders from across the organization to ensure we develop and deliver effective leadership solutions to help CCL and our clients create equitable, diverse, and inclusive organizational cultures. Additionally, she’s the executive sponsor of our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.


Lynn brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions from a variety of organizations, including serving as the Director of Government and Community Affairs for the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce; Chief Marketing Officer of Huthwaite, a sales research and training firm outside Washington, D.C.; and Director of Public Relations for the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA).

Lynn’s previous experience at CCL includes serving as the Group Director of Institutional Advancement with responsibility for fundraising and alumni relations; Manager of Marketing with responsibility for marketing strategy, communication, and public relations; and Senior Faculty with responsibility for designing and delivering leadership development solutions specifically for foundations, nonprofits, and population health–focused organizations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of NC, Kate B. Reynolds Trust, and Community Memorial Foundation.

Lynn co-authored the CCL guidebook Direction, Alignment, Commitment: Achieving Better Results through Leadership and a chapter on “Action Learning in Community Based Nonprofits” in Best Practices in Experience-Based Leadership Development (Wiley, 2013).

Educational Background

Lynn holds an MBA and a BA in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Insights From Lynn

You need direction, alignment, and commitment (DAC) to make leadership happen in your group or organization. Learn more about our DAC framework and how leadership is a social process to foster more of it in your group or organization.
This introduction to our leadership philosophy explains how direction, alignment, and commitment (the elements of our DAC framework) are key in how leadership works, connecting exponential potential with collective progress.
Watch our experts in this special event recording as they share our research and insights on how being a (better) leader starts with a focus on compassion, wellbeing, belonging — for both self and others.

Lynn in the News

Teach For America North Carolina and CCL have announced a new statewide partnership providing exclusive access to leadership development programming and resilience skills-building for over 2,200 Teach For America alumni.

Featured in Other Publications

Authored by Lynn Fick-Cooper and Fara Francis on how to make (better) leaders by uplifting individuals, building teams, and reimagining culture, in Chief Learning Officer.

Contributed by CCL's Chief Equity and Societal Impact Officer, Lynn Fick-Cooper, in Independent Sector.