Corporate Leadership Center cultivates dynamic business leaders through our best-in-class executive leadership programs, CEO Perspectives and Leading Women Executives.

Our mission is two-fold:

To expand business executives' leadership capabilities to propel their companies - and their careers - to the highest level.

To serve as a strategic partner to participating companies in their talent development and succession planning priorities.


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CEO Perspectives is for professionals of Fortune 500 and select growth companies who report directly to their CEOs or are preparing to transition to the C-suite in the near term. The program broadens executives’ perspectives so they can become more effective enterprise leaders. This enables them to better support their CEO and Board of Directors, and navigate challenges and opportunities with agility and confidence.


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Leading Women Executives is for women leaders who are advancing to executive leadership roles. The program equips women with strategies to elevate their impact and effectiveness as business leaders and partners with participating companies focused on increasing advancement of women in their organizations. The program is a highly curated, personalized and collaborative experience.


Corporate Leadership Center was established as a non-profit organization in 2002 by Co-Chairmen Sheila Penrose and Cheryl Francis. The organization's proven success is driven by its Leadership Team and Board of Directors, who have served as CEOs, Chairmen and Board members of Fortune 500 and other leading companies.

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Leading CEOs, Real Insights

Corporate Leadership Center’s programs feature candid conversations with sitting CEOs and executive leaders as part of every module. These discussions provide participants with an inside look at the issues CEOs and senior executives must address, while highlighting a variety of effective leadership styles.

“As a participant, I was so impressed by the CEOs’ willingness to share these very off-the-record, deeply personal experiences. It shaped my perspective about the role of an executive leader and helped me to better understand the expectations from the lens of a board member and shareholder.”

Jennifer Scanlon

President & Chief Executive Officer, UL Solutions

CEO Perspectives Fellow, 2015; Leading Women Executives Fellow, 2009; Corporate Leadership Center Board Member

Powerful Network, Engaged Professionals

Fellows of our programs become part of an elite community of diverse business leaders who represent a breadth of industries, business functions and roles. This community is a valuable resource for ongoing strategic networking, support and learning.

"One of the biggest benefits of the program has been the network of amazing women and the ongoing opportunities to connect with Fellows from all of the classes."

Heli Jaason

Director, Talent Management & Organizational Development - ComEd, Exelon

Leading Women Executives Fellow, 2016

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Dynamic Curriculum, Outstanding Faculty

Our programs provide world-class thought leadership through their research-based curricula. Faculty from leading academic institutions, along with business practitioners who are experts in their field, develop customized coursework to explore leadership and business frameworks on the latest topics and trends.

“What is distinctive about these programs is the way they leverage a multi-module format to deepen learning and generate real change in leaders and their organizations.”

Martin Davidson

Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Faculty Member, CEO Perspectives and Leading Women Executives

Valued Partnerships, Strategic Support

Corporate Leadership Center partners with companies to support their talent development goals and strategies. Our programs allow participants the unique opportunity to explore new business and leadership frameworks, as they reflect on their own leadership styles and capabilities.

"Corporate Leadership Center has helped further the development of many of our leaders, which has allowed us to better execute our strategy and help our customers achieve brighter financial futures."

Roger Hochschild

Chief Executive Officer & President, Discover

CEO Perspectives Fellow, 2008

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Participating Companies

Corporate Leadership Center serves as a strategic partner to the following participating companies:

Insights & Events

Leading Women Executives NextEra Fellows Event – Juno Beach, Florida

February 3, 2023

Leading Women Executives NextEra Fellows Event – Juno Beach, Florida

Leading Women Executives Networking Dinner – Florida

February 2, 2023

Leading Women Executives Networking Dinner – Florida

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