American Express

American Express / 2 min read

Developing 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. Over 1,000 leaders from the not-for-profit sector, who are tackling some of society's most complex issues, have attended the Academy programmes in the UK, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Jennifer Skyler
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Chair of the American Express Foundation
"Nonprofits are facing high leadership turnover and burnout at a time when their services are needed the most. We transformed the Leadership Academy to help nonprofit leaders accelerate their development and build new skills to meet the unique challenges of this moment. "




programmes delivered




participants from the non-profit sector

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James Broderick
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Thinking outside the box as a leader
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Celebrating 10 years of the AMEX Leadership Academy
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Defining your core values

Organizations we've worked with:

African Diaspora Hope
Dream OrganizationRoom to ReadWOMESA Namibia
British Red CrossHalf the Sky FoundationRoyal National TheatreWhispers of Comfort
Business Art South Africa
Justice Without Borders
Save the Children 
Cambodian CommunityRachel HouseUK Youth 

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Anisha Joseph
Head, CARE Services, Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
"I realized during the course that I was completely burnt out before, and this course has helped me to reignite my passion in my work to a certain extent and also to own the label of a 'leader' a bit more! I definitely walk with more confidence in my own truth."
Charlotte Duerden
Chief Customer Officer, American Express International
"You leave having built all these relationships with people from all walks of life. The next time a challenging situation comes up at work you can pick up the phone and bounce ideas off someone you trust, who will give you a fresh perspective. "

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