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.
- Refresh look at own leadership skills
- Exposure to new frameworks to apply to current business challenges or business advancement
- Strengthen strategic acumen skills to lead in an ever changing market
- Dialogue with peers who are facing similar challenges at the executive level
- Enhance professional network of peers through six-month engagement
- Adaptive and reflective leaders
- Sophisticated influencer
- Business leaders with deeper, broader 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: Each year, the ELI program accepts up to 40 senior executives who hold high-level management responsibilities within a Chamber member organization.
Characteristics of a successful ELI candidate:
- Established executive with upwards of 15 years of management experience
- Demonstrate the motivation and potential to lead a company or business line
- Considered high performers in organization and on the executive track
- Seeks to understand external issues facing businesses today on regional, national, and global scale
- Committed to success of his or her particular sector and able to see beyond their own position to understand the influence he/she has on the company's success
- Curious and interested in developing new relationships and open to challenging own point of view
- The Chamber solicits and accepts online nominations from members during a rolling nomination period starting October 16 through December 1. 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 during the application period between November 1 and are due by December 8.
- A selection committee will review the application to ensure a well rounded cohort and let candidates know of decisions by January 5.
- The ELI program begins in January and runs through June.
- Tuition is $6,000, which includes sessions, course materials and meals and access to the Chamber’s winter/spring Executive Briefings series.
- Participants who are accepted commit to monthly sessions that range from a full day session at MIT to a 90 minute sessions.
- Companies that send candidates commit to supporting the candidate's participation so they can fully engage with their peers and the content presented.
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.
- A special Leadership Forum featuring a nationally renowned expert in leadership
See the 2017 ELI program schedule (PDF).
See the ELI 2016 list of participants (PDF).