Crain's ExecEdge
Crain's ExecEdge
Crain's ExecEdge
Crain's ExecEdge
OVERVIEW: Crain's ExecEdge

This six month program, presented in partnership with Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, is 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 offers a next step for Leadership Academy graduates and high potential individuals. The program utilizes personal assessments, group coaching, and collaborative action projects to develop key attributes for agile leaders. Gain additional insights and growth opportunities from C-suite and civic guest speakers and a social action project to give back to Chicago. Crain’s ExecEdge graduates earn a Certificate of Completion and credit for two courses toward a Lake Forest MBA after successfully completing the first course of the MBA program.

This unique and challenging learning experience will enable professionals to:

  • Learn how to build relationships, innovate, drive strategic vision, and become an agile, high-impact leader while engaging with Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Business Leader Faculty® who practice what they teach.
  • Explore their strengths and derailers through an initial self-assessment and participate in group coaching to improve leadership skills.
  • Gain insights and perspectives from C-suite level and civic leader guest speakers.
  • Network and establish long-term relationships with key executives from other organizations.
  • Receive credit for two courses toward their Lake Forest MBA after successfully completing Crain’s ExecEdge and the first course of the MBA program. Graduates will also receive a Crain’s ExecEdge Certification of Completion.

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Mid-level to senior managers on the fast track to executive leadership positions. Professionals will have a minimum of 10 years business experience with some managerial and leadership background.

This program is uniquely structured to benefit professionals with or without a graduate business degree. Crain’s ExecEdge kicks off Thursday, February 9, 2017 and runs through July 13. Each group session runs 9am – 5pm.


6 months, 6 sessions

Thursday, February 9, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, March 9, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, April 13, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, May 11, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, June 8, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, July 13, 9am – 5pm


$10,975 - 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.


Jeffrey J. Anderson, President and CEO, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

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Jeffrey Anderson is the 5th president and CEO of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM). Prior to joining the School in October 2014, Jeff served as an associate dean for Leadership Development at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. At Booth, Jeff harnessed his business experience to bring a practical, proven perspective to the leadership development curriculum.

Jeff is also a co-founder and partner at The Chatham Group, a consulting advisory firm that he launched in 2003. He has worked with senior executives in the distribution, consumer product, energy, investment banking, consulting, telecommunication and automotive industries. And, like LFGSM’s Business Leader Faculty™, Jeff continues to perform at the top of his field. While leading the School he also advises senior executives on how best to grow their businesses and advance their careers.

Amy Shivvers, Managing Director Crain’s Academy, Crain’s Chicago Business

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Amy Shivvers is a member of the Crain's Chicago Business management team. She joined Crain’s in 2001 as Marketing Director and in 2010 became the first director of events. Under her leadership, Crain’s has seen dramatic revenue growth of Crain’s event business. Under Amy’s leadership, Crain’s now produces more than 15 events a year on a variety of industry-specific and general business topics.

In 2015, Amy led the publication's expansion into the executive education business with the launch of the Crain's Leadership Academy, a professional development program designed for up-and-coming young managers; it combines leadership lessons from top Chicago business executives, self-assessment tools, peer networking and civic engagement. Since its start, more than 130 young leaders from corporate, nonprofit and government institutions have graduated from the program. In 2016, Amy was promoted to Managing Director of Events and Executive Education. In this broader role Amy will drive major expansion of Crain’s leadership programming with offerings for new hires to CEOs.

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