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American Express Hosts Live Panel Discussion to Benefit Nonprofit Leaders as Grantmaking Landscape EvolvesPanel to feature prominent private and corporate funders discussing emerging trends

American Express Leadership Academy empowers more than 350 nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs through its 2014 global training programs
NEW YORK,  May 5, 2014 -- 

Today, 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. Live stream viewers can join the conversation and submit questions that can be addressed by the panel on Twitter by using the hashtags #amexleads and/or #SocEntChat. Register for the live stream at

"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. To learn more about the Academy and global partners, please visit

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.

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About Ashoka Changemakers
Ashoka Changemakers convenes and connects high-potential changemakers, their ideas and their resources, through the power of collaborative competitions and partner networks. Together, we work to exponentially accelerate social change, so that it sweeps through systems, tipping the attitudes and behavior of individuals and institutions. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade history to advance an "everyone a changemaker" world where people gain the skills and resources they need to collaborate on solving complex social problems.

About the Center for Creative Leadership
The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 10 providers of executive education by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Financial Times, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

About Thunderbird School of Global Management
Thunderbird is the world's No.1-ranked school of international business with nearly 70 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world. Dedicated to preparing students to be global leaders and committed global citizens, Thunderbird was the first graduate business school to adopt a Professional Oath of Honor. Thunderbird's global network of alumni numbers 40,000 graduates in more than 140 nations worldwide. The school is sought out by graduate students, working professionals and companies seeking to gain the skills necessary for success in today's global economy. For more about Thunderbird, visit



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