Crain's CEO Collective
Crain's CEO Collective
Crain's CEO Collective 84081579
Crain's CEO Collective

Overview: CEO Collective

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 will include modules on issue resolution, leadership development, strategic thinking and innovation. Plus, members will be introduced to guest speakers that will enrich, inspire and energize their journey. CEOs will also gain a renewed awareness of issues and opportunities in Chicago.

This unique and challenging learning experience will enable CEOs to grow via:

  • Personal and professional development leveraging innate strengths.
  • Guest speakers provide leadership exposure and fresh perspectives.
  • Peer advisory support, advice and strategic group discussions.
  • Access to a professional network of like-minded peers from a cross section of industries and organizations.
  • Powerful relationships forged and sustained across the life of your business.

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This exclusive collective is for CEOs and founders of established businesses headquartered in Illinois. Crain’s CEO Collective kicks off with a full-day retreat on Friday, February 10, 2017. Subsequent sessions will meet Friday mornings from 9am – noon, taking a summer break in July and August. The capstone session will be on December 1, 2017.


Year-long, 10 Sessions

February 10, Noon - 7pm (Kick-off Retreat)
February 24, 9am - Noon
March 31, 9am - Noon
April 28, 9am - Noon
May 19, 9am - Noon
June 30, 9am - Noon
July & August (Summer Break. No sessions)
September 15, 9am - Noon
October 27, 9am - Noon
November 17, 9am - Noon
December 1, 9am - Noon (Capstone Session)


$14,975 - includes program fee, course materials and meals.

Guest Speakers

Crain's Academy supplements personal and professional development in the classroom with guest thought leaders. These have included former Northern Trust CEO Bill Osborn, founder Sam Yagan, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Archbishop Blase Cupich (now Cardinal), Loop Capital CEO James Reynolds, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, and Art Institute COO David Thurm.

Next steps

Inquire to learn more about the program or start your enrollment process now.