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International Academy for Advancement Leadership

With increasing pressure to raise more private dollars, advancement teams are growing rapidly. This influx of new team members, combined with more demanding and sophisticated donors and larger philanthropic goals, requires existing leaders to develop new, more complex skills and high-potential team members to boldly step into the leadership arena.

To address this rising need, Advancement Resources has created an exclusive program specially for current leaders in the advancement field: the International Academy for Advancement Leadership.

The International Academy for Advancement Leadership brings together a robust collection of leadership best practices. By exploring these concepts in a small cohort (no more than 20), participants have the opportunity to network, learn from others’ experiences, and explore challenges in a comfortable, welcoming environment.


International Academy for Advancement Leadership


Wednesday, Jul. 31 - Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019


Northwestern University
Evanston, IL


$5,500 USD per participant


Phone: +1 319 398 3376
Fax: +1 319 366 8586

This innovative program brings together in-person training, one-one-one coaching, and virtual sessions to provide a comprehensive learning opportunity for leaders throughout all of advancement. Content for the program includes:

  • Building a Foundation of Trust
  • Driving Change Through Generative Leadership
  • Managing Up and Across
  • Mastering Personal Change
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Overcoming Natural Resistance to Change

Over a 6-month period, content is delivered through a variety of platforms to provide a comprehensive, in-depth professional development experience. Content platforms include:

  • Pre-work
  • In-person Session
    (Wednesday, July 31, 2019 – Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL)
  • One-on-One Consultation Calls
    (6 sessions to be scheduled on mutually agreeable dates)
  • Virtual Session #1
    (Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT)
  • Virtual Session #2
    (Tuesday, January 21, 2020, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT)

Logistical details for the in-person session on July 31 – August 1 are currently being coordinated. Please check back for further information.

Ideal Candidates

The International Academy for Advancement Leadership is ideal for mid- to upper-level executives who have multiple direct reports. This program is intended for those who want to improve their leadership skills to advance their careers and support the visions of their organizations.

Application Submission Deadline

Applications are being accepted until March 31, 2019. Please click the link below to access the application and submit it to by March 31, 2019.

Program Acceptance

All applicants will be notified of application status by April 15, 2019. For questions on the status of your submitted application, please email or call +1 319 398 3376.


$5,500 USD per participant

Business Hours

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT; Monday–Friday


+1 319 398 3376


3349 Southgate Court SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-5424


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