Common Purpose / 25 January 2024

American Express and Common Purpose Unveil the 2024 American Express Leadership Academy, Rejuvenating Global Nonprofit Leadership

"There is an undeniable and critical need to empower and equip nonprofit organizations and their leaders with essential skills and development opportunities, especially in the face of challenging conditions globally."


American Express and Common Purpose proudly announce the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 American Express Leadership Academy. Applications are now officially open for this reimagined global initiative that promises to empower and elevate nonprofit leaders worldwide. The Academy will gather in three vibrant hubs—Sydney, London, and New York City—connecting, developing and reenergizing resilient changemakers who are poised to shape the future. Funded by the American Express Foundation, this transformative six-month program, is poised to address the unique hurdles faced by nonprofit leaders in today's ever-evolving landscape. Designed and delivered  by global leadership development organization Common Purpose, with support from global partners Delta Airlines, Dell, and the Hilton group, attendees will be equipped  with the dynamic skills essential for innovation, inspiration, and effective community impact. Themed "Resilient Changemakers," this year's program underscores the imperative for leaders to possess distinctive skills that propel action both within and beyond their organizations. Since its global relaunch in 2023, the Leadership Academy has successfully nurtured 151 nonprofit leaders from the Americas, UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. These leaders have engaged in a transformative learning experience, cultivating resilience, gaining insights from luminaries spanning the social, public, and private sectors and unlocking the power of storytelling to drive change in their worlds.

Alice Lin Fabiano, Vice President of Community Impact and Chief Operating Officer of the American Express Foundation said, "We're thrilled to enter the second year of our refreshed American Express Leadership Academy, supporting the development of nonprofit leaders worldwide. We aim to strengthen the skills of leaders who are embedded within and represent the communities they serve so they can deliver solutions to societal challenges during uncertain times."

"There is an undeniable and critical need to empower and equip nonprofit organizations and their leaders with essential skills and development opportunities, especially in the face of challenging conditions globally," added Adirupa Sengupta, Group Chief Executive of Common Purpose. "The American Express Leadership Academy plays a pivotal role in empowering delegates from the Americas, UK, EMEA, and the Asia Pacific regions to collaborate with global business leaders, refine core skills, establish crucial support networks, and provide inspiration to the sector's high-potential leaders."

The 2024 American Express Leadership Academy will unfold across the globe in three dynamic locations:

  • Sydney, Australia: May 14-17, catering to nonprofit leaders in the Asia Pacific region.
  • London, England: July 9-12, welcoming nonprofit leaders from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
  • New York City, USA: November 12-14, hosting nonprofit leaders from The Americas.

The comprehensive curriculum will feature:

  • Engaging talks and panel discussions with influential cultural, governmental, and philanthropic leaders worldwide.
  • Essential skills training tailored for successful nonprofit leadership.
  • Hands-on instruction in communication and storytelling.
  • Peer coaching and personalized professional coaching, with a focal point on leadership resilience to combat burnout.

Applications are now open for all locations, with the Sydney applications closing on February 26. Discover more here

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Common Purpose is a global non-profit devoted to good leadership. Its mission is to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries, both at work and in wider society. It does this by delivering compelling, surprising, and powerful leadership programs & workshops. Routed in the real-world. Both in-person and online. Programs where people are having the real, purpose-driven conversations, the types of conversations we need to be having to bring about real change.

Founded in 1989 as a non-profit social enterprise, Common Purpose now runs local programs for leaders in cities across the world and global programmes for leaders from over 100 countries across six continents. Each year, 5,000 leaders become Common Purpose alumni.

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