Follow the Leaders: Inside the November 2019 American Express Leadership Academy

A Progressive Storytelling Project, November 2019 | #amexleads #FollowALeader


From November 4 through 8th, 2019, American Express and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) will bring 72 emerging social purpose leaders together in New York for the American Express Leadership Academy. This year's Academy focuses on leaders who are tackling LGBTQ issues.

LeaderStories is pleased to bring you an excluse peek behind the scenes of this state-of-the-art leadership development experience, thanks to Virginia Goggin and Myles Paisley, who agreed to share their time and reflections as they prepare for and participate in the Academy. This two-week project is designed to bring you insights and ideas you can use in your work. 

Meet Our Leaders

Myles Paisley is the Director of Finance and Operations and Virginia Goggin is the Director of Legal Services at the New York Anti-Violence Project. Both agreed to let us follow them as they take part in the unique approach CCL uses to leadership development. 


This Week: How to Play Along 

The Academy runs from November 4-8, 2019. All week, you can follow the hashtags #amexleads and #FollowALeader on social media for updates, insights and tips for your own work. You can also check back here for new content and inspiration. We'll update this page frequently!


Myles Paisley has been reflecting on books, apps and tools that help him have impact. Here are two he recommends.

Reflections on Leadership and Making a Difference on LGBTQ Issues:


Myles Paisley, Director of Finance and Operations at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, talks about why the work that he and his organization does is crucial to peoples' survival.

Virginia Goggin, Director of Legal Services at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, talks about the compassion and empathy LGBTQ leaders bring to their work.

About the Academy:

The American Express Leadership Academy is a signature program of American Express’s philanthropic priority of developing emerging nonprofit leaders.  The Leadership Academy is designed to equip high potential emerging leaders from the nonprofit sector to become successful executives and help their organizations’ achieve sustainable growth, effective program implementation and overall success.  This comprehensive, research-based program focuses on both the inter-personal and business skills required for effective leadership. Facilitated in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, the program’s curriculum includes: 360 degree evaluations and self-assessments; executive coaching; small and large group reflection and planning exercises; networking events and keynote sessions including a discussion with Stephen Squeri, CEO of American Express.

About 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. CCL’s array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. CCL is ranked among the world's Top 10 providers of executive education by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Financial Times.