Title

American Express Leadership Academy

  • American Express Leadership Academy

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • American Express Leadership Academy

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • American Express Leadership Academy

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • American Express Leadership Academy

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • American Express Leadership Academy

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • American Express Leadership Academy info session

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • American Express Leadership Academy info session

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

  • AmEx Class 11

    Supporting new leaders for tomorrow

9

months

30+

participants per cohort

10

program days

AmEx infographic 2019 thumbnailClick the image to the right to view an infographic about the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy and its role at ASU.

Each year, the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center accepts a cohort of Arizona's top emerging nonprofit leaders for a year-long professional and personal leadership development program.

Candidates are selected through a competitive process held in the late spring to participate in this program that provides them the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit sector.

This nine-month program is comprised of best practice approaches to leading and managing nonprofits, from renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center. Program days focus on enhancing relationships with corporate, foundation and nonprofit leaders and educating class members on emerging issues in the sector. This program also focuses on personal leadership development of the individual. Ideal candidates should be seasoned nonprofit executives or those serving nonprofits.

Class 12 (2019-20)

Our 12th program year is currently underway. The application process for Class 13 will begin next spring. Sign up for Lodestar Center Nonprofit News to be first to know when the portal opens.

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American Express Leadership Academy

Do you have questions about the Academy?

Browse the FAQ section, call the ASU Lodestar Center at 602.496.0500, or email nonprofit@asu.edu.

The Academy Experience

Sadhna Bokhiria, the chief operating officer for Kapoor Foundations, was chosen by her classmates to deliver the graduation speech for Class 11 on May 10, 2019. In her address, Sadhna spoke about what leadership means to her, the most magical aspect of the Academy, and why the program will forever take up a special place in her heart.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Academy cost? What is the time commitment? What is the curriculum? Is the Academy right for me? Find answers to those and many other questions.

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Testimonials

American Express Leadership Academy testimonial from Christopher Hamby

Academy alumni reflect, in the words of one graduate, on "a transformational experience" and how the program helped them grow both professionally and personally.

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Use a Segal Award

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps participants can use their Segal Education Award toward program fees for the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center.

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Jaclyn Boyes, Graduation Speaker | American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center

More stories from the Academy

Hear from alumni like Jaclyn Boyes, who shared a moving personal story about her experience. She recalled the staggering fear she felt in the face of video-based media training – a training that she felt showcased her stutter more than anything else. “I was completely broken. But then something magical happened.” It was this moment that has helped shape her leadership journey in the months since.

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