Case Studies

American Express Leadership Academies

For emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector

Common Purpose has worked with the American Express Foundation since 2010 to deliver its Leadership Academies for not-for-profit leaders in the UK and India. We have run the American Express Leadership Academy in the UK since 2010 and the Leadership Academy in India since 2011. To date 310, leaders from the not-for-profit sector have attended the Academies in the UK and India and joined alumni of the American Express Leadership Academies around the world.

The Academies provide leadership development for emerging leaders in this sector, so that they can take on senior leadership roles and continue to develop and transform the services of their organisations.

They also strengthen and develop the not-for-profit sector in the UK and India by building the capacity of its leaders to meet the ever-changing social and economic conditions in communities that they serve.

“Nonprofit and social sector organizations are tackling some of our most challenging issues, and we believe fostering a pipeline of talent will help ensure nonprofits thrive in the future. Our Leadership Academies created in partnership with Common Purpose have proven to be an effective tool for building the leadership and business skills that are critical to the sector’s success.”
Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation

“As a whole the Leadership Academy has been a wonderful journey. It has challenged me as a leader and created new expectations of me. I really want to work hard to meet those expectations”.
Sukumar Ray, National Program Coordinator, Aangan Trust, Participant, American Express Leadership Academy, India

"Outstanding - this course has been absolutely fantastic value. I feel I have done a degree in leadership in 4 days. I feel confident and excited about the future."
Kate Barraball, Joint Head of Finance, National Theatre, Participant, American Express Leadership Academy, UK

"The Leadership Academy was an eye opener... I have been a manager for over 12 years but this course gave me some real insight into what else I can achieve and how I can support my team to achieve that vision."
Jo Dover, Programme Manager, Foundation for Peace, Participant, American Express Leadership Academy, UK