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Phoenix, Ariz. (August 9, 2018) – The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the eleventh year of its American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center. As one of the largest classes in program history, 33 emerging, nonprofit leaders were selected through a competitive application process to participate in this year’s cohort. Funded in part by a generous contribution from the American Express Foundation, the Academy is a cohort of the region’s top emerging nonprofit leaders, chosen to participate in a nine-month training program that provides them with the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community. The program is comprised of best practice approaches to leading and managing nonprofits that include renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center.
This year’s class includes participants from a variety of backgrounds and diverse experiences. Within the applicant pool, we have seen a more diverse representation of nonprofits. Building on the American Express Foundation’s continued investment over the past eleven years, this emerging leader program continues to offer 360-degree feedback assessments and one-on-one executive coaching. These program enhancements continuously enable the class to leave a lasting and profound impact on the communities in which they serve and volunteer.
“Among known leadership development programs, our Center’s American Express Leadership Academy has emerged as one of the most highly relevant and profoundly impactful experiences available,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise with the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU. "Working in partnership with an enlightened corporate leader like American Express shows the good that can happen when community interests are aligned with intention,” he added.
“Building and investing in a pipeline of nonprofit leaders for the future is one of the most efficient investments in our sector," said Cassidy Campana, ASU Lodestar Center program manager for the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center. "The sustainability of leadership that the Academy helps to create ensures that Arizona will have a strong and ready talent pool in the future as organizations plan for growth and succession," she added.
Additional thanks to BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, National Bank of Arizona, SRP and Wells Fargo for their continued support of the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center.
For additional information regarding any of the ASU Lodestar Center’s programs, visit lodestar.asu.edu. If you have questions, please call 602.496.0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.