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About Crain's Academy

Crain's Academy provides powerful and experiential professional development programming. Bringing the best of personal development, professional growth, business and leadership best practices, thought leadership and civic outreach customized for every stage of your career path. Crain's Academy is your one-stop for professional development from your first job to your top job.

Totally unexpected and 100% worth it: Crain's takes what could be just another played out seminar and turns it into a truly inspiring journey around your personality, your career, and the city that you love!” -- Crain's Leadership Academy participant

Download a printable catalog of Crain's Academy programming.

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Crain's Executive Education Expansion

As a leading producer of local executive knowledge programming and building on Crain's mission, "We Help You Succeed in Chicago," we launched Crain's Academy in 2014. Since then over 150 professionals have actively engaged in programs dedicated to identifying and leveraging their strengths which has propelled them professionally and personally to greater heights. Plus, graduates have built a diverse network of like-minded colleagues for on-going support.

Crain's CEO Collective

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An exclusive year-long program for Chicago CEOs and founders, Crain's CEO Collective offers participants an opportunity to work alongside their new professional network and dive deep into their most pressing challenges – empowering them to transform their organization.

This facilitated peer-learning program includes modules on issue resolution, leadership development, strategic thinking and innovation. Learn more

Crain's ExecEdge

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Crain's ExecEdge is a six month program, presented in partnership with Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, designed to give mid-level to senior managers the edge for executive leadership positions. Expand your ability to build relationships, innovate, drive strategic vision, and become an agile, high-impact leader with Lake Forest's Business Leader Faculty®. Crain's ExecEdge graduates earn credit for two courses toward a Lake Forest MBA after successfully completing the first course of the MBA program. Learn more

Crain's Leadership Academy

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This experiential five-session program offers the best of personal development, professional growth, leadership exposure and civic outreach through discovery sessions and guest CEO speakers. High performers are nominated by their CEO to participate in this exclusive program for advancing professionals poised for leadership positions within their organizations. Learn more

Crain's Launch

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A full-day program designed for new hires to fully engage at their organizations. Participants will discover individual strengths, interests, values and unique expertise with the lens of professional development. Participants will complete an impact and self-development plan and a mentorship strategy, as well as gain access to self-assessments, and a powerful peer network to nurture along their career. Learn more

Crain's Academy Custom Programs

Tailored, Empowering, Inspiring | Leadership Development from Crain's

Sometimes only a tailored approach to leadership development will suit an organization's needs. Crain's Academy can be an extension to your training and development curriculum or take the lead to develop and implement a program suited to your goals and objectives. This may be a half day workshop, a 3-day retreat, or a 3 to 12 month program.

Leadership programs are available for new hires, to middle management, and up to the C-suite and can delivered onsite to your team.

For more information, please contact Amy Shivvers at 312-649-5472 or ashivvers@crain.com