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What Is LEAD?

LEAD is a comprehensive leadership development program for high-potential talent. It brings together seasoned leaders from various organizations to foster a dynamic and collaborative learning environment.

Participants can enhance their leadership competencies, expand their networks, and gain invaluable insights.

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LEAD is designed to develop and enhance the skills and competencies necessary for individuals to excel in senior leadership roles and the C-suite. The program aims to refine effective communication and interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, and decision-making abilities.

Participants are also encouraged to develop a deep understanding of organizational dynamics, change management, and the ability to lead and motivate diverse teams.

Program Features

  • Top-tier, structured, and comprehensive leadership enhancement curriculum.
  • Ongoing one-on-one monthly executive coaching for the duration of the program.
  • Access to a diverse and influential peer network.
  • Safe, confidential environment to address participant issues and challenges.

Participant Profile

  • Senior executives with P&L responsibilities managing substantial teams
  • Individuals being considered for C-Suite positions
  • Leaders looking to enhance existing skills
  • Executives looking for a cohort-based peer setting

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate The Ability To Employ Enhanced Leadership Presence And Communication In Practical Situations

Apply The Principles Of Authentic Leadership Development To Real-World Scenarios

Formulate Advanced Strategies For Conflict Resolution And Relationship Management

Implement Strategic Thinking And Decision-Making Strategies In Various Contexts

Develop A Customized Framework For Inclusive And High Performance Leadership

Program Curriculum

Since LEAD program participants already possess substantial leadership expertise, the program offers an educational curriculum built around skill enhancement. Participants can refine and broaden their skill set, gaining new perspectives on their abilities.

LEAD Curriculum


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Important Dates & Information

  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2024 
  • Program Dates: February 26, 2024 to November 22, 2024 
  • Session Location: 167 N. Green St., Chicago, IL 
  • Program Fee: $12,000 for Exec Club members. $15,000 for non members.

What’s Included

  • Ten executive coaching sessions 
  • Hogan StrengthsFinder Assessments  
  • Nine in-person learning sessions with breakfast and lunch included 
  • Three networking receptions: Opening, Mid-Year, and Closing   

Meet Our Coaches

Carol McLysaght

Carol, founder of McLysaght Consulting in 2010, leverages 25+ years of leadership and organizational development experience, including serving as Chief of Staff for the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Her international leadership development and coaching work provides unique insights, helping clients unleash their leadership potential for improved performance and impact.

Kim Svoboda

Kim Svoboda, a 25-year business leader with P&L experience up to $1B in Fortune 500 tech firms, is an expert in scaling businesses, team leadership, and people-centered leadership. She’s the CEO of Aspiration Catalyst®, Board Chair of BBB Chicago, Forbes Coaches Council member, and a recognized Vistage speaker. Kim is active in Chief, supporting women executives and guiding high-achieving C-Suite women.

LEAD Alumni Network

Be A Part Of The Community

LEAD Alumni are invited to continue to connect and support one another in various ways.

LEAD Alumni Group

Upon program completion, participants receive an invitation to join our LEAD Alumni private group on LinkedIn.

LEAD Networking Reception

LEAD Alumni are invited each year to join the current cohort at their graduation ceremony and networking reception. This is a great opportunity to continue to make connections and welcome the new LEAD Alumni. 

LEAD Leadership Circle

Leadership Circle is a peer development experience where LEAD Alumni are thoughtfully curated into small groups with peers across industry, function, and cohort.

Past Participating Organizations

The Executives’ Club of Chicago is committed to fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in all its programs. For this reason, we recommend all organizations participating in the LEAD program aim to select 50% of participants from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. This approach ensures that the program mirrors the diverse composition of the Chicago business community and actively promotes inclusivity.

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