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Leadership Development

Greater Boston’s talented workforce isn’t just a driving force of our economy. It’s our competitive advantage.

We help our members invest in that talent through comprehensive leadership development offerings designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office. Our leadership development programs offer a unique blend of classroom and experiential learning that allows participants to:

  • Build meaningful, long-lasting connections
  • Learn from our region's most influential leaders
  • Think critically about key business, policy and civic issues facing Greater Boston

Executive Leadership Institute

The best leaders know that professional development never ends. It is crucial for senior-level executives leading organizations in today’s 21st century knowledge-based, global economy to take time for self-reflection and leadership growth. The Greater Boston Chamber’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides just that: an opportunity for the region’s key executives to connect with one another, refine management skills and gain new insights into leading organizations strongly into the future. 

Program Highlights Include:

  • Tailored sessions on topics spanning leading through change, strategic marketing, workforce management, working with government, and much more.
  • Carefully curated networking opportunities designed to connect you with your peers and other established business leaders.

ELI Participants Will:

  • Engage in discussions facilitated by globally renowned professors at MIT Sloan School of Management and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
  • Refine advanced business management skills
  • Gain insight into leading organizations in a fast-paced, ever-changing market
  • Strengthen understanding of Greater Boston’s relationship with the global economy
  • Develop strategic and long-lasting professional connections

The Executive Leadership Institute provided new perspectives I instantly applied to my company. The collective brain trust – both with my classmates and our instructors at Harvard and MIT – are immensely invaluable. - Carla McCall, Co-Managing Partner, AAFCPAs

Eligibility & Selection Process:

  • Each year, the ELI program accepts up to 40 senior executives who hold high-level management responsibilities within a Chamber member organization.
  • The Chamber solicits and accepts online nominations from members during a rolling nomination period starting October 2. Individuals may nominate themselves provided their organization is a Chamber member. A nomination does not guarantee selection into the cohort.
  • Once a nomination is submitted, we will invite the nominee to complete an online application. Applications open November 1 and are due by December 8. 

The ELI program begins in January. The cost of participation is $5,500, which includes sessions, course materials and meals.

See the 2017 ELI Program Schedule (PDF).

See the ELI 2016 list of participants (PDF).

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