Crain's Leadership Academy
Crain's Leadership Academy
Crain's Leadership Academy
Crain's Leadership Academy

Overview: Leadership Academy


Fall Crain's Leadership Academy (C7)
(Nominations close Monday, August 13)

Friday, August 24, 9am – 6pm
Friday, September 7, noon – 5pm
Friday, September 21, noon – 5pm
Friday, September 28, noon – 5pm
Friday, October 19, 9am – 6pm

Since launching in 2015, the Crain's Leadership Academy has become a sought-after, energizing and impact-driving program within the Crain's Academy suite of programs. Offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall, the program is part-time and presented over five Friday sessions. The fall session (C7) begins on August 24 and concludes October 19, 2018.

Crain's Leadership Academy 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.

This unique learning experience will enable participant to grow via:

  • Personal and professional development leveraging innate strengths.
  • Guest speakers who provide leadership exposure and fresh perspectives.
  • Civic and cultural outreach at curated discovery sessions.
  • Professional network of like-minded peers from a cross section of industries and organizations.

Crain's Leadership Academy is a nomination-based program now accepting applicants through August 13 for the fall, C7 cohort. The nomination form can be found here. Once accepted, the candidate will receive a congratulatory email with a candidate form to complete.

Download your printable version of Leadership Academy overview here.

“It was a great experience where I learned about myself as a leader, but also opened my perspective as to what a leader must be and should be, to be successful in an organization and life.” -- Crain's Leadership Academy participant


Professionals with a minimum of 7 years' business experience, and/or manage a team, and who are on the fast track for increased responsibility at any level of an organization. The class participants will represent a wide variety of industries as well as the non-profit and government sectors.

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.


$5,500 - includes program fee, course materials and meals.