Make-A-Wish International Represented at American Express and Thunderbird School of Global Management’s 6th Annual American Express Leadership Academy

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Make-A-Wish International Staff Members Join Emerging leaders from 10 Social Sector Organizations to Build Personal, Business and Leadership Skills at 2014 Leadership Academy. 

Having increased the leadership skills of 150 managers from over 50 international nonprofit organizations in the Academy’s five-year history, Thunderbird School of Global Management is once again teaming up with American Express to offer the 6th Annual American Express Leadership Academy, May 4-9, 2014, at the Thunderbird campus in Phoenix, AZ. Lori Newcomb, director, corporate alliances and Shannon Bremser, director, organizational learning, will be attending on behalf of Make-A-Wish International.

“We truly value professional development at Make-A-Wish International and taking part of this year’s Leadership Academy is a testament to that. I am very excited for Make-A-Wish International to be represented amongst a group of leading charities and for the continued development of our leaders attending,” said Make-A-Wish International President and CEO, Jon Stettner.

In addition to Make-A-Wish International, this year’s Academy will focus on enhancing the leadership skills of representatives of 9 other international social sector and nongovernment organizations including: TED Conferences, BRAC, Charity: Water, Feed My Starving Children, Free the Slaves, iDE, Pencils of Promise, Project C.U.R.E. and Special Olympics International. Participants will develop new strategies and skills to assist them in operating more productive and successful nonprofit organizations.

“The selection process for the Academy is rigorous,” states Doug Hoxeng, Ph.D., Thunderbird program director for American Express Leadership Academy. “The application process includes executives reviewing their strategic challenges and proposing a project for their ‘emerging leader’ participant team to further develop at the Academy. Each team project must have the potential for significant results within their organization and benefits for those they serve. Our faculty help make that happen by providing thought leadership to each organizational team to turn insight into action.”