Vernon Jordan

May 11, 2010 by Post Team 

Vernon Jordan:NEW YORK, April 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) – American Express / quotes/comstock/13 *! AXP / quotes / nls / AXP (AXP 43.33, 0.24, 0.56%) today welcomed 48 emerging leaders nonprofit to participate in its fourth American Express nonprofit Leadership Academy, a program national training to develop the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector. The American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a program of weeklong created in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), which immerses participants in a series of training courses in leadership and development. Through the Academy, participants polish personal, business and leadership skills required to run a successful business profit in the “new normal” of the complex current economic climate.

Participants in the program will listen to the American Express senior executives, including company president and CEO Kenneth I. Chenault. Futurist Andrew Zolli also lead a discussion on the complex relationships between technology, sustainability and demographics – all crucial elements for enacting social change. Other speakers include Vernon Jordan, whose achievements as a lawyer in the nonprofit, government and business sectors have become one of the most influential figures in U.S. politics and business.

“Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations need leaders who are willing to adapt to the new reality of a post-recession climate, and American Express is pleased to offer this forum for important development for the next generation of emerging leaders” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “Our curriculum focuses on helping participants gain a better understanding of how best to use their own personal strengths and styles and apply their knowledge in practical situations, and our students are using the knowledge they gain in the program promote real change in their various organizations. ”

Launched in 2008 to meet the need created by a growing shortage of talent for leadership in the nonprofit sector, the Academy brings to forty-eight of the emerging leaders within the community, environment, international aid and cultural organizations. classes in the past twenty-four participants have registered, but this year, American Express has doubled the size of the incoming class because of the success of the program. The forty-eight participants are selected on a competitive application process and were selected from eight non-profit partners and local nationals from a variety of sectors:

- City Year

- Community Health Charities of America

- The Foundation Center

- Independent Sector

- The League of American Orchestras

- The National Consumers League

- United Way Worldwide

- Public Policy Impact of Women, Inc.

The local nonprofits based in American Express Service Center locations include:

- Able confidence (Ft. Lauderdale)

- Arizona Science Center (Phoenix)

- Emerge (Phoenix)

- Family Life Council (Greensboro)

- Kuera 90.1 (Salt Lake City)

The curriculum of the training program with the media, individual Myers Briggs assessments, leadership training, experiential exercises, individual executive coaching and team activities. Participants in this session is also combined with program alumni, who serve as mentors, answering questions about what to expect during the week, and general guidance on how to get the most from the experience of the Academy.

Recent participant John Abodeely, National Program Manager for the Partnership at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, said, “The Academy of Nonprofit Leadership has helped me to crystallize my own best practices for building relationships, both management of internal and external reputation, and affect the type of organizational change that we need to slow. Besides, I have an awareness of resources and information that can help me to solve problems, and is the Academy’s greatest asset - the knowledge.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers access to products, ideas and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. For more information visit and connect with us on / americanexpress, / americanexpress and / americanexpress.

American Express: Developing new leaders for tomorrow

One of three American Express for his philanthropy platforms is to develop new leaders for tomorrow. Under this initiative, indicating that recognizes the importance of strong leadership in the nonprofit sector, American Express is awarding 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 (R)) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that helps unlock the potential of individuals and organizations leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, educational, CCL serves more than 20,000 leaders and 2,000 organizations annually in corporate education, the governmental and nonprofit.

SOURCE: American Express

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