American Express
Leadership Academy

June 21-23, 2017

In conjunction with the 2017 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Seattle, Points of Light is pleased to offer the American Express Leadership Academy, which is developed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership. This program offers 48 emerging leaders an opportunity to participate in a marquis leadership development training program that includes a feedback-intensive learning environment and hands-on activities to enhance the leadership capacity of all the attendees.

Application Deadline

Friday, April 14, 2017

Award Date

Friday, April 21, 2017

 

Academy Schedule

Location: Seattle

American Express Leadership Academy Welcome Dinner

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Training Schedule

Day One – Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Breakfast and lunch provided)

Day Two – Friday, June 23, 2017
7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Breakfast provided)

 

Making Lasting Connections

Testimonials from 2016 Academy Alumni

Philip Rivera

Director, Volunteer Services
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI

What was your most memorable learning experience at the Academy; what made it memorable?

My most memorable experience was the ability to connect with professionals locally and from across the country who understand the same challenges as I do, day-to-day. Their insights and counsel lent much to my learning experience, not to mention their camaraderie.

How has the Academy helped you grow as a leader?

The Academy inspired me to seek balance between the tactical side of leading an organization with purpose and expertise, and the thoughtful side of leading with meaning and creativity.

What advice would you give to individuals who are considering the 2017 Academy?

My advice to those considering the Academy is to go in with an open mind and a desire to learn. Suspend any ego, be willing to accept criticism, and know we all have room to grow.

Samantha Abrams

Director, Strategy & Development
Black Women's Health Imperative
Washington, DC

What was your most memorable learning experience at the Academy; what made it memorable?

Often times we attend these kinds of seminars/trainings and not quite sure what "new" thing you will walk away with. I wanted to make sure I prepared myself and spirit to receive all that I could. I was able to forge amazing new friendships; share and learn from my colleagues; and mentor young women who now sit in a place I once sat. I was proud to know I could take what I've learned and transfer that knowledge. I was also able to take some of those learnings in development and coaching and share with others outside the academy. This academy not only supported me professionally, but personally.

How has the Academy helped you grow as a leader?

Attending the conference gave me permission to be still. I realized how caught up I was in the mission and wanting so badly to help my organization succeed that I stopped making time to sit, reflect, strategize and evaluate. I was able to accomplish that. Now, I make time to do that individually and as a leader, with those I work alongside. I give myself permission to be still. The work will never go away!

What advice would you give to individuals who are considering the 2017 Academy?

I've enjoyed many executive coaching and "like" professional development platforms, but this is truly my favorite. The coaches are exceptional and really work to personalize your experience by providing one on one feedback. The private session with a professional coach proved to be invaluable. My coach, Ann, listened and supported me and provided insightful, honest and thoughtful feedback. There is so much more I could say, but all in all, it will be a decision you would not regret. The learnings are easily implementable and does make a significant difference in how you will approach certain things, both personally and professionally.

Anastassia Hardy

Family Engagement Manager
New American Pathways
Atlanta, GA

What was your most memorable learning experience at the Academy; what made it memorable?

My overall experience was extremely positive. I was amazed with the amount of information we were able to process in two days. The people attending the Academy were all incredible. I was delighted to see such diversity across the nonprofit sectors. I definitely put things into perspective for me as a professional.

How has the Academy helped you grow as a leader?

The trainers and coaches were exceptional. I particularly appreciated that my coach had a very unique blend of expertise in business and counseling. He helped me tremendously with identifying my blind spots. I learned a great deal of effective ways to give constructive feedback and definitely use these techniques with my team. It is particularly helpful during my reflective supervision individual meetings with educators. What’s great about the techniques I learned is that my team members are able to apply them to their casework with the clients.

What advice would you give to individuals who are considering the 2017 Academy?

Remember that networking is just as or probably the most important part of your experience! Learn as much as you can about other participants and ask questions. It’s amazing how such exchanges can broaden one’s professional horizons.

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What Others Are Saying

The emphasis on cross-sector collaboration was eye-opening, and everyone I met walked away with fresh perspectives and ideas. It broke down the silos of inward-facing sectors and showed us how much more powerful our work can be when we come together. An unbeatable experience!

— 2017 Seattle Attendee

The conference proved to be one of the most engaging and exciting professional gatherings of like-minded people I've ever attended. Although the topics, content, and presentations all appropriately centered around volunteering and service in some way, the sheer range of them was simply astounding.

— 2017 Seattle Attendee

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