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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. 


Curriculum elements:

  • 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

Expected outcomes:

  • 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 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

Selection process:

  1. The Chamber solicits and accepts online nominations from members during a rolling nomination period starting in October. Individuals may nominate themselves provided their organization is a Chamber member. A nomination does not guarantee selection into the cohort.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. [See PDF for program dates]
  • 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 ELI Details & 2018 Program Schedule (PDF).

View the list of 2018 ELI participants (PDF).

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