American Express
Leadership Academy

June 20-22, 2018

In conjunction with Service Unites 2018 in Atlanta, 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 Open

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Application Deadline

Monday, March 26, 2018

Academy Schedule

Location: Atlanta

American Express Leadership Academy Welcome Dinner

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
5:30 – 7 p.m.


Training Schedule

Day One — Thursday, June 21, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Breakfast and lunch provided)

Day Two — Friday, June 22, 2018
7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Breakfast provided)

 

Making Lasting Connections

Testimonials from Academy Alumni

Andrea Hill

Director of Volunteer Memphis
Leadership Memphis

What’s the most memorable learning component from your Academy experience?

My most memorable learning components, I had a lot, but if I had to choose I would say the first one was the one-on-one mentoring during the AMEX Leadership Academy weekend and the second would be the follow-up after the weekend had concluded. It was great to speak with an executive coach that was there to support me in my growth as a leader. It was great to speak with someone about my goal and aspirations as they related to my (personal) community advocacy work and my career growth.

How has the Academy experience impacted your leadership style in your current position?

I learned a lot about how I manage and how to create balance in my career. I am often called upon to be a mentor, but it was great to be coached/mentored. I am a better leader as a result of the curriculum and one-on-one coaching that was made available to me and the practical classroom interaction with peers was great as well.

What would you say to individuals considering the 2018 Academy?

I would say this is the best investment in YOU that anyone could make! My experience continues to provide practical tools and tips that I can implement daily. I think this is an opportunity that cannot be passed up. If you are thinking, “Do I have the time to dedicate to this professional development opportunity,” the answer should be YES!

Eu-wanda Eagans

Chief Operating Officer
Northwest Harvest

What’s the most memorable learning component from your Academy experience?

I really liked day two, when we got into small groups and gave peer advice to some of our leadership challenges. I really got great perspective out of that time; hearing about what worked for my colleagues and connecting with them over very personal leadership challenges.

How has the Academy experience impacted your leadership style in your current position?

It really helped me to see that being a leader takes intentionality and focusing on that is just as important as my performance outcomes for the operations of the business. I have been taking time to focus on that, and it has helped me to see more clearly my staff's needs.

What would you say to individuals considering the 2018 Academy?

It is a rare opportunity to connect with other leaders from around the nation, who are struggling with similar leadership challenges. It is a fun and engaging learning environment with exercises and activities that really draw you in to thinking about what it takes to improve yourself and how you lead.

Rosie Drumgoole

Director, Capacity Building and Advisory Services
Chicago Cares

What’s the most memorable learning component from your Academy experience?

I think for me reviewing the 360 review and learning about how to give effective feedback were probably the most memorable portions of the experience. I’ve never had a 360 review done on me before and it was very interesting to see how my colleagues saw me, and to hear from others on ways I could improve my leadership. I also loved the exercise on effective feedback. My whole life I’ve been coached to do the “compliment sandwich” approach to feedback, but the SBI method is so much more useful. I use it all the time and have even trained my staff on how to use the method as well.

How has the Academy experience impacted your leadership style in your current position?

This was the first time I had been to a training that really focused on the difference between managing and leading. It was really enlightening and made me change the way I approach my staff. I have always been the type of person who picks up the slack and who is afraid to delegate complicated tasks, but this experience really taught me why that mindset was detrimental to my team. I learned that I need to delegate more and be a stronger coach and to trust my team, and that if I don’t so those things then I will fail at cultivating the next generation of leaders at my organization.

What would you say to individuals considering the 2018 Academy?

Do it! Invest in yourself, and invest in your team (current/future).

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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.

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