American Express Leadership Academy alumni selected for Global Alumni Summit

American Express Leadership Academy alumni selected for Global Alumni Summit

2018 American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit in New York City

Select American Express Leadership Academy alums (pictured) convened in New York City for the Global Alumni Summit in April. Several graduates of the ASU Lodestar Center's academy attended this prestigious event..

Phoenix, Ariz. (April 17, 2018) – Seth Cothrun, a recent graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center, was selected to participate in the  American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit, April 16-17 in New York City. He is joined by Jessie Bustamante and Sentari Minor, alums of an earlier iteration of the academy.

The fourth annual summit brings together a select group of alumni from American Express Leadership Academies around the world to learn, build connections and share insights. 

Cothrun is the Senior Director of Marketing and Development at the Sonoran Institute. He is responsible for brand and marketing strategies, as well as leading the suite of development strategies that support the organization’s mission. Cothrun was part of the ninth class of graduates from the ASU Lodestar Center’s American Express Leadership Academy.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected among this inspiring group of 72 global leaders in the nonprofit sector,” Cothrun said. “I will do my best to represent the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation’s American Express Leadership Academy and the Sonoran Institute well. I look forward to unique opportunities to learn from other leaders and the challenges they face so I can bring those experiences and lessons back to my organization and the communities we work in across western North America.”

The ASU Lodestar Center has been an American Express Leadership Academy partner since 2014, when the center brought its Generation Next Academy under the AmEx umbrella.

Jessie Bustamante and Sentari Minor, who are also attending the summit, graduated from that earlier iteration of the program at the ASU Lodestar Center. Bustamante is now the Vice President, Development, at the American Heart Association, and Minor is the Arizona Director of Gen Next.

The 9-month American Express Leadership Academy, designed for mid- to senior-level executives, provides 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.

Applications for Class 11 are being accepted now; the deadline is May 21.