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Next Leader
Unlock your team’s leadership potential
Next Leader is an immersive executive development program for emerging enterprise leaders. Different from any other L&D program, Next Leader is taught entirely by seasoned C-suite executives from the world’s largest companies, who candidly share realities of their role, lessons learned, and the keys to success.

Participants embark on a four-day, in-person simulation—elevating their strategic thinking and C-suite capabilities—with real-time feedback and coaching. Six months of virtual follow-on discussions help participants further enrich their knowledge, reinforce their commitments, and foster meaningful relationships as they embark on their next leadership chapter. Next Leader isn’t theory; it’s the pinnacle of real-world learning for tomorrow’s C-suite leaders.

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Due to the higher-level conversations at Next Leader, attendees must be senior executives at organizations with annual revenue in excess of $1 billion. The selection process is rigorous and competitive.

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Next Leader graduates are
2.7x
more likely to reach the C-suite than their peers within three years.
Key Program Focus Areas
Next Leader participants emerge with an extensive view of today’s global business environment and a refined set of essential leadership skills, including:

  • Leading through uncertainty
  • Building enterprise value
  • Managing transformation
  • Cross-functional decision making
  • Stakeholder management
  • Board engagement
  • EQ in the C-suite
The Next Leader Difference
Learnings Via Lived Experiences
Next Leader faculty are seasoned C-suite executives who intimately share career triumphs and setbacks, and what they wish they had known before taking the role. Conversations are story-based—never one-way presentations—and designed to spur discussion amongst the group.
The Interactive Simulation
Participants engage in a C-suite simulation of a real-world business challenge, which pushes them beyond functional expertise to experience the differences in their role today from future leadership positions. The experience culminates in a live board meeting, where participants receive feedback in a safe and constructive environment.
Building Powerful Connections
Next Leader assembles top-tier executives from diverse industries and functions, who cultivate lasting relationships outside of their own company walls. After the four-day meeting, participants engage in six months of virtual programming with faculty and one another for ongoing learnings, peer accountability, and guidance.
A Holistic Leadership Approach
Profound impact at the C-suite level stretches beyond the competencies of “doing the job.” Next Leader discussions delve into both the tactical business side and the human side of leadership, guided by the vantage point of those who have embarked on the journey.

2-3 weeks

Virtual orientation
and goal setting

4 days

In-person simulation,
coaching and
networking

6 months

Virtual workshops,
faculty sessions and
applied learnings

Participant Entry Criteria
  • Directly reports to a corporate officer or equivalent role.
  • Demonstrates strong functional expertise and is looking for broader exposure to enterprise leadership.
  • Has been identified as a high-performer with the potential to move into a C-suite role or equivalent in the next few years.
  • Values external perspectives and seeks out new ways of learning.
Select Faculty Members
Mike Kaufmann

Cardinal Health

Former President and CEO
Bruce Niemeyer

Chevron

President, Americas Exploration and Production
Anneliese Olson

HP

SVP and Managing Director,
HP North America
Jesper Andersen

LEGO Group

Chief Financial Officer
Laura Quatela

Lenovo

SVP and Chief Legal and Corporate Responsibility Officer
Serpil Timuray

Vodafone

CEO, Europe Cluster
William White

Walmart

Chief Marketing Officer
Diane Jurgens

The Walt Disney Company

Former EVP and Chief Information Officer
Upcoming Programs

April 8-11, 2024

Carneros Resort
Napa Valley, California

April 22-25, 2024

Carneros Resort
Napa Valley, California

May 20-23, 2024

Alila Marea Beach Resort
Encinitas, California
(near San Diego)

September 9-12, 2024

Salamander Resort
Middleburg, Virginia
(near Washington D.C.)

September 23-26, 2024

Salamander Resort
Middleburg, Virginia
(near Washington D.C.)

October 7-10, 2024

Alila Marea Beach Resort
Encinitas, California
(near San Diego)

November 11-14, 2024

Coworth Park
Ascot, United Kingdom (near London)

   

This program is a way to re-recruit your people. One of my direct reports went from being a great technologist to really getting a mindset on how to think as a leader. He came back saying Next Leader is the best thing he’s ever done.
—  Bret Arsenault, CVP, CISO,
Microsoft and World 50 Member
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