American Express Hosts Live Panel Discussion to Benefit Nonprofit Leaders as Grantmaking Landscape Evolves

Published on : Tuesday, May 6, 2014

american-expressToday, American Express celebrated six years of developing emerging, nonprofit leaders as it welcomed the newest class to the American Express Leadership Academy in New York City, one of 12 leadership academies that will be held in 2014.


Beginning today, American Express and The Center for Creative Leadership will host 48 emerging leaders from nonprofit organizations in a week-long training program, including sessions on the personal, business and leadership skills needed to run a successful nonprofit enterprise in the “new normal” of today’s complex economic climate.



Participants will hear from American Express senior executives, including the company’s Chairman and CEO Kenneth I. Chenault and President of Global Corporate Payments- Americas Darryl Brown. Other speakers include Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox and member of the American Express Board of Directors.

In an effort to benefit more leaders, American Express will live stream a Leadership Academy session, “Funders Panel: An Inside Perspective” on Wednesday, May 7 from 12:00pm -1:30pm EST. 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.


“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– fundraising. We believe fostering a pipeline of emerging leaders will ensure nonprofit and social sector organizations thrive in the future.”

Launched in 2008 in partnership with The Center for Creative Leadership, today the Leadership Academy includes nonprofit partners from around the globe, including Ashoka Changemakers, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Common Purpose. Each Academy is tailored to fit cultural nuances and serve different nonprofit niche needs, such as social entrepreneurship and international-facing nonprofits. In 2014, more than 350 nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs will participate in these global Leadership Academies.

At the end of 2014, American Express will have hosted over 50 Leadership Academy sessions in six countries, including the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico and Canada, supporting more than 1,500 nonprofit and social sector leaders. Additionally, nearly 15,000 leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs and grants.


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 and sectors, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century.



Nearly 15,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs. Launched in 2008, the American Express Leadership Academy addresses the growing deficit of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector. The Academy brings together emerging leaders from a diverse set of nonprofit, social sector and non-governmental organizations.

Source:- American Express


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