Learn more about the American Express Leadership funding theme: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow

Our sponsor, American Express, runs a global Leadership Academy 11 partners that together run 20 programs around the globe, providing customized training to transform organizations and diversify the current landscape of nonprofit leaders.

  • Addressing the leadership deficit in the nonprofit sector, whether by enabling new executive directors or supporting the training and development of emerging leaders.
  • Diversifying the current landscape of nonprofit leaders.
  • Transforming organizations through best-in-class management and leadership practices, whether through board leadership, implementing management principles or expanding an organization's capacity to attract, develop and retain leadership talent.

Below are some examples of the programs funded by American Express:

Americans for the ArtsU.S.A.
Americans for the Arts (AFTA)’s mission is to serve, advance and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain and support the arts in America in an effort to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. Arts U is a new leadership development initiative designed by AFTA to meet the unique needs of arts managers throughout the United States. The Arts U program delivers high-quality programming through its e-learning platform that can be accessed by thousands, embraces multiple delivery formats and speaks to a rich spectrum of interests. By allowing people to learn at their own pace, Arts U offers emerging leaders in art an easy point of transition to the mid-career space, filling the current gap for mid-career leadership education and peer networking.
Latino Policy ForumChicago, IL
The Illinois Nonprofit Leadership Academy helps Latino nonprofit professionals build organizational and personal capacity, increase leadership skills and share best practices, resulting in a strong network of Latino leaders who develop partnerships to address the pressing needs of the Latino community. The Leadership Academy employs a participant-centered learning model for Illinois nonprofit leaders through workshops, trainings, personal and professional assessments and on-site consulting and mentoring to support sustainability of Latino serving organizations.
Salzburg Global SeminarGlobal
Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Entrepreneurs annually convenes 50 next-generation cultural change-agents from around the world for intensive leadership skill building enabling them and their organizations to thrive, despite rapid change and limited resources. The Forum enhances international cultural exchange and strengthens the cultural sector through a vital global network. The Seminar fosters innovation in creative, cultural entrepreneurship, benefiting participants and their organizations and strengthening the cultural sector worldwide. Offering a leadership development program for emerging creative change agents provides them with an opportunity for self-reflection, professional development, intellectual inspiration and entrepreneurial challenge.