Columbia University and American Express Sponsor Program Nurturing Management Skills for West Harlem Nonprofit Leaders

Columbia University and American Express Sponsor Program Nurturing Management
                   Skills for West Harlem Nonprofit Leaders

Led by Columbia Business School professors, the Strengthening West Harlem
Nonprofits Program is designed for Upper Manhattan leaders to better address
community needs through formal management training

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov.20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Columbia University and the American
Express Foundation recently sponsored Strengthening West Harlem Nonprofits, an
executive education program that brought together 21 nonprofit leaders
representing 18 organizations from Upper Manhattan to study core business
practices that better address the community's needs.

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The two-day program offered formal training in nonprofit management for
presidents, CEOs, and executive directors. The program was designed and
coordinated by Columbia Business School Executive Education's Programs in
Social Enterprise.

"We offered this program at no cost to the participants or their
organizations," said Faculty Director, Raymond Horton, who oversees Programs
in Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School Executive Education. "We
strongly believe in giving back to our community. Our professors were eager to
bring what they teach in the classrooms at Columbia Business School – the
insight into foundational management skills that will enrich in helping guide,
shape, and carry out their organization's mission – to these dedicated
nonprofit leaders."

"We are proud to co-sponsor this program together with Columbia University and
its Business School," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy at
the American Express. "It's great to see how dedicated these nonprofit leaders
are to serving their communities, and we're thrilled to help their executives
build the leadership and business skills needed to take their organizations to
the next level."

Through lectures, simulations, small group work, and peer discussions,
participants integrated leadership and management core principles with
real-world applications. The program covered such topics as leading and
facilitating cross-functional collaboration, managing conflict, and leveraging
value-based leadership. To view a video snapshot of the Strengthening West
Harlem Nonprofits Program, please visit:

About Columbia University
Founded in 1754 as King's College, Columbia University  in the City of New
York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States
and today is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions.
Columbia has more than 3,000 faculty members and enrolls nearly 24,000
students, including more than 5,000 international students. The University
spans three undergraduate schools, 13 graduate and professional schools, a
school of continuing education, four affiliated institutions, a world-class
medical center, 22 libraries, and more than 100 research centers and
institutes. For more information, please visit

About Columbia Business School
Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and
Economics, Columbia Business School seeks to provide a truly global business
education that lasts and evolves over a lifetime, preparing students for
strong leadership in any industry. The School's cutting-edge curriculum
bridges pioneering academic theory with industry practice, imparting not only
functional skills but the entrepreneurial mindset required to recognize and
capture opportunity in a competitive business environment. Beyond academic
rigor and teaching excellence, the School offers programs that are designed to
give students practical experience making decisions in real-world
environments. The strength of its ideas, the breadth and accessibility of its
alumni network, and the extent of its connections to New York City combine to
make Columbia Business School one of the most innovative and dynamic business
communities in the world. The School offers MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA)
degrees, as well as non-degree executive education programs. For more
information, visit

American Express: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow
One of American Express' three platforms for its philanthropy is Developing
New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the
significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit sector, American Express is
making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle
important issues in the 21st century.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access
to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business
success. Learn more at and connect with us on, and Key links to products and services: charge and
credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, prepaid
cards, merchant services, business travel, and corporate card.

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