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New Leadership Program Gets Executives Out of the Classroom, Into the Community

Executive Leadership Experience program offers service-learning model focused on real-world experiences
CEE.bmpMoving beyond conventional wisdom about developing leaders, Belmont University’s Center for Executive Education (CEE) announced today a completely new executive leadership development program based on the service-learning model, in partnership with key community organizations. Designed in consultation with CEE’s core faculty, CEO speakers and national thought-leaders, “The Executive Leadership Experience” boasts an innovative approach that features experiential-learning scenarios working on live projects in Nashville businesses and community organizations.

Participants will work together in cohorts of six senior leaders each, representing a diverse cross-section of the Nashville community. These teams will tackle real business challenges from the for-profit, not-for-profit, international and entrepreneurial sectors. Highlights of the 2011-12 Executive Leadership Experience program include a three-day Jump-Start in October and eight one-day high impact learning modules led by experts and area CEOS covering topics such as leadership in dynamic and complex environments, leading across generations, creating teamwork for innovation and leading in a digital age.

CEE Executive Director Gene Mage said, “This next-generation program engages future c-suite executives in ways that that go far beyond traditional classroom training. While the participants will absolutely enhance their executive presence and strategic leadership capabilities, their experiences working on live challenges around the community will build both practical application and a more complete picture of their calling as leaders.”

Ingram Content Group President and CEO Skip Prichard added, “Ingram Content Group competes in a fast-paced, global, digital marketplace. To win in this environment, we need leaders who know how to engage a new generation of diverse, tech-savvy employees. I applaud Belmont’s new approach for equipping tomorrow’s leaders to be ready for this new reality.”

A limited number of participants will be accepted for each 10-month cycle in the Executive Leadership Experience. The first cycle begins in October 2011, with a half-day orientation in August. The application deadline is August 15. For more information, contact Amy Irwin at amy.irwin@belmont.edu or 615-460-5554.

Craig Philip, CEO of Ingram Barge Company, noted, “Ingram believes strongly in the value of education, not only on an individual level, but also for our management development and executive training. We have long supported Belmont as excellent educators in our community, and we feel the new experiential learning approach Belmont is taking to equip executive talent aligns well with our core values.”

Belmont University has been a premier provider of executive education for more than 25 years, and the Center for Executive Education exists to provide world-class learning to meet the needs of the Nashville community and beyond. In addition to the Executive Leadership Experience program, Belmont will continue to provide a full range of executive learning opportunities including its executive learning networks, certificate programs and customized solutions.

Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, said, “Several years ago I sought professional development opportunities for my leadership team to help them individually think more strategically and collectively function at a higher level. Belmont’s leadership programs hit the mark, and we have been fully engaged in and benefitted from the many fantastic presentations by dynamic speakers. I am excited to learn about the direction of Belmont’s newest program, The Executive Leadership Experience, and am confident that executives in this community will appreciate the innovative learning approach. They will not only be challenged by the quality instructors, but also have a chance to give back to the community through the live projects.”

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