Message from the Co-founders


Corporate Leadership Center is a unique, collaborative business-academic forum that augments and accelerates the development of tomorrow's corporate leaders and advances business leadership practices.

Corporate Leadership Center was founded in 2002 by Sheila Penrose and Cheryl Francis, whose experience and insight in executive management, board governance and business education roles prompted their decision to launch the Center, to bring together the best of the corporate and academic worlds in a collaborative partnership.

Corporate Leadership Center offers two leadership development programs: CEO Perspectives, in con-junction with Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Booth School of Business, and Leading Women Executives.

  CEO Perspectives       Leading Women Executives  

Accelerating C-Suite
Leadership Development

CEO Perspectives is one of the premier programs in the nation offered specifically for executives that are making the transition from strong functional expertise to C-level management responsibility and need to embrace an enterprise-wide agenda.

It is an integrated learning experience that combines the latest frame-works from leading academics with unique access to candid dialogue with over two dozen sitting CEOs, while also drawing from the program participants themselves - a diverse group of top executives.


Enhancing the Leadership
of High-Potential Women

Leading Women Executives is a uniquely integrated leadership pro-gram for high potential women executives that addresses three critical elements for success; organizational support, leadership skill building, and ongoing networking and tracking.

Its mission is to strengthen and sustain female advancement by developing more effective leadership competencies and behaviors in program participants while partnering with organizations to review company specific business practices and cultural issues.

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