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American Express launches academy for Non Profit Leadership Development in India

American Express today launched the American Express Leadership Academy in India to help develop country’s emerging leaders who are dedicated and poised to be at the helm of the not-for-profit sector. The inaugural class of the American Express Leadership Academy will participate in a five day program created in partnership with Common Purpose.

The Leadership Academy in India will bring together 24 emerging leaders from 12 non-profit organisations supporting causes including child rights, community building, education, and environment. The Academy is part of a broader commitment from the American Express Foundation to work with these and other organizations to develop a diverse pool of world-class leaders committed to working in the not-for-profit sector.

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The Leadership Academy will focus on building the personal, business and leadership skills needed to run a successful non-profit organisation. American Express executives and special guest speakers participating in the Academy will focus on topics including leadership development, customer service, brand management and marketing.

“The not-for-profit sector in India is playing a pivotal role in shaping and influencing opinions of the country in a positive way. Emerging leaders from the sector need to increasingly understand their responsibilities and have a clear vision for the future,” said Julia Middleton, CEO, Common Purpose. “There are limited opportunities for not-for-profit leadership development around the world and in India. This is why the American Express Leadership Academy is a very welcome new development for emerging leaders in this sector.”

The 24 emerging leaders were selected from 12 national and local not-for-profit partners. Akanksha Foundation, PRATHAM, CERE, Dignity Foundation, Hamari Muskaan, MLPC, Naz Foundation, SAATH, SALAAM BAALAK Trust, SEWA, SRIJAN and Udayan Care are among the participants in the first Indian Leadership Academy.

“At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders have on business, in the community and in society. We are committed to providing current and future non-profit leaders with opportunities to build and hone leadership skills that are critical to the sector. The American Express Leadership Academy is designed in a way to address the special challenges not-for-profit leaders face today, from building coalitions, leading volunteers and to managing limited resources strategically,” said Sanjay Rishi, Executive Vice-President and Asia Business Head for Emerging Payments and New Ventures, American Express.

Eminent leaders of renowned not-for-profit organizations will be addressing coaching sessions at the Leadership Academy. Sessions on Leading a Successful Social Enterprise, The Role of Social Media and Leadership in a Changing World would be addressed by the likes of Dr. Rukmini Banerji, Director Programs, Pratham; Geeta Malhotra, Country Director, READ India; Mathew Cherian, CEO, Helpage India; Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, GOONJ and American Express senior leadership. During the sessions the heads of the organizations will act as advisors to the participant and the participants will be working to solve a problem with the help of the advisors.

After a competitive application process, 24 emerging non-profit leaders from across the country were selected for the inaugural Leadership Academy class. Each of the participants hold a manager-level position, is dedicated to a career in the non-profit sector and has built strong momentum in their respective fields. To ensure the non-profit Leadership Academy has a lasting impact and to measure its effectiveness, participants will set goals and action plans during the training, and will have access to follow-up support from Common Purpose in the form of online networking tools, telephone coaching sessions, and periodic review to complete their training.

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