Ranked #1! The Center for Leadership at FIU again grabs top honor by HR.com

Florida International University’s Center for Leadership was once again named top provider of open-enrollment executive leadership development programs by HR.com and Leadership Excellence Magazine.

For the third consecutive year The Center for Leadership at Florida International University has been ranked among the top providers of executive leadership development programs. Leadership Excellence, a publication of HR.com, ranked The Center #1 in North America for Open-Enrollment Leadership Development Programs.

The announcement was made last week in Nashville, Tennessee, at LEAD2016, HR.com’s annual conference for human resource and organizational development professionals and institutions. The Center was also ranked #2 for Custom-Content Programming for its work with Miami-Dade County Public School principals and administrators.FullSizeRender

For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence, a publication founded by leadership luminary Warren Bennis, has identified and recognized the top leadership organizations in their annual ranking. This year, the competitive ranking attracted applications from more than 300 educational institutions, including programs/divisions of Wharton University, Babson College, Boston University, Center for Creative Leadership and Carnegie Mellon University. “Effective leadership development programs and activities are a must in today’s business.  Without leadership, all other resources are ineffective, whether you are operating a non-profit, educational institution, government department, small business, or large corporation. Programs and individuals recognized in the Leadership Excellence Awards program have made significant contributions developing leaders,” stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of HR.com.


Rankings heavily based on program content and alumni impact

Several factors contribute to the annual rankings, including the strength of the applications from providing institutions and their programming content. However, HR.com heavily considered the long lasting impact of the programs being reviewed and solicited feedback from program alumni through detailed questionnaires, as well as responses to targeted social media campaigns.

“This external validation of The Center’s work reinforces our commitment to leadership research and education; the awards showcase the impact of our work and allows us to continue to build our vision of equipping better leaders for better organizations and, in turn, a better world,” said Mayra Beers, Ph.D., Director for The Center and a Knight Research Fellow. “From the beginning, our program alumni have been our greatest allies and supporters. This honor further recognizes The Center’s commitment to advancing the field of leadership knowledge and developing best practices for organizational leaders.”

Nathan Hiller, Academic Director of The Center, who accepted the award at the HR.com ceremony noted, “The award nominees represented some of the most established leadership providers in the country and we were honored to be ranked so highly among these prestigious peer institutions and programs.” The published awards’ list includes more than 1200 applicants in a number of categories, with the top ten in each category recognized at the annual event for their exceptional programs and leadership initiatives. Awards to leadership providers were given in categories including U.S. companies, government/military, and international companies.

For more information and to see all those ranked, visit www.HR.com.

About The Center for Leadership:
The Center for Leadership at Florida International University is an award-winning, internationally recognized center for leadership research, development, and training, providing leaders with the competencies that will equip them to positively and effectively transform their organizations and their societies. The Center continuously engages in research projects, the development and the delivery of leading-edge executive leadership development programs, and community engagement lectures and events.

The Center’s executive leadership development programs include The Women Leaders Program,The High Potential Leaders Program, The Senior Executive Leaders Program, and numerous custom programs for educators and social entrepreneurs. Program alumni include organizational leaders from industries including health care, banking and finance, technology, retail, education, government, and the military, with participants from more than 30 countries across four continents. The Center’s lecture series, The Leadership Lectures, has featured world renowned and distinguished academicians and practitioners and is designed to provide open access to the general public to thought-provoking and diverse perspectives on leadership.

To learn more about The Center’s programs and events, please visit lead.fiu.edu.


About FIU:
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schoolsthat offers 196bachelor’s, master’s and doctoralprograms in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Programhouses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USAand more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.



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