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POLEmerging leaders are invited to apply for the American Express Leadership Academy, developed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership. Points of Light offers this opportunity in conjunction with the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, giving 48 emerging leaders the chance to participate in this hands-on leadership development training program.


What are the criteria?

1. Applicants must currently be in the volunteering and service sector and have an interest in advancing into positions with greater leadership responsibility during their career. Specifically, applicants must be managers expecting to assume executive-level roles within five to ten years.

2. Applicants must be willing to commit to the one-year initiative and have the support of their organization to participate.

3. Applicants must complete all required pre-academy work; attend the entire academy and implement lessons learned during the academy at their organizations; and participate in all follow-up activities.

4. Applicants must be a citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S. or its territories, or a non-citizen who speaks English fluently.

5. Applicants must pay for travel-related costs. Travel related costs include the following items: meals, lodging, air travel, and ground transportation. Funds granted by American Express will cover costs to attend the Leadership Academy, a welcome dinner the night before the program starts, breakfast and lunch on day one, and breakfast on day two.

A complete application packet with all requested documentation must be sent to leadershipacademy@pointsoflight.org by Thursday, April 25, 2016, by 6 p.m.

Required application materials include:

  • First and Last Name, Title, Organization, Phone and Email. Optional: Gender, Ethnicity
  • Copy of your resume.
  • A 500- to 1000-word essay with the following questions answered in a comprehensive manner with complete sentences and in paragraph format:
  1. How would attending the American Express Leadership Academy benefit you/your organization?
  2. What are your organization’s current leadership challenges?
  3. Describe the nature of the work you manage and the challenges you have experienced as a leader.
  • Letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor.

Deadline: A complete application packet with all requested documentation must be sent to leadershipacademy@pointsoflight.org on or before Monday, April 25, 2016, by 6 p.m.  Applications received after the designated deadline will not be considered. No exceptions. Please submit any questions to Shila Burney at sburney@pointsoflight.org. Acceptance and declination notices will be distributed via email on Friday, April 29, 2016.

The Leadership Academy Schedule
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan

American Express Leadership Academy Welcome Dinner
Friday, June 24, 2016
5-7:30 p.m.

Day One – Saturday, June 25, 2016
7:45 a.m. to 5  p.m.
Breakfast & lunch provided

Day Two – Sunday, June 26, 2016
7:45 a.m. to 1  p.m.
Breakfast provided

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