CEO Connect

Nashville's Premier Leadership Program Taught by CEOs

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Learn from CEOs of International Companies

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Unlock Your Leadership Potential

Limited to 60 high-potential business leaders, this exclusive experience helps you grow your network and leadership.

  • Learn winning strategies from CEOs of top organizations like Country Music Association, Tractor Supply, and more
  • Discover how to think, act, and lead like a world-class CEO
  • An interactive learning experience designed for busy professionals working full-time
  • Gain access to a cohort of Tennessee's top emerging leaders

CEO Connect is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring leaders to engage in dialogue with executives who can offer wisdom born out of the victories, challenges, and mistakes we’ve made along the way. This program is going to make a difference!

— Janet Miller
CEO, Colliers International

What You'll Learn

Join the cohort to discover how to think, act, and lead like Nashville's top CEOs

  • Business intelligence: how to stand out by thinking strategically
  • Peer-to-peer networking: learn how Nashville's top leaders tackle the toughest business problems
  • Self development: gain confidence and sharpen your skills through feedback
  • Risk taking: learn how top leaders move beyond their comfort zones to exceed expectations and make a difference
  • Performance improvement: develop discernment & refine your thinking skills
  • Interpersonal relationships: learn how to lead, not just manage

Meet the CEOs

Sarah Trahern

CEO,
Country Music Association

Greg Sandfort

Former CEO,
Tractor Supply
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Clark Vitulli

Founder/CEO,
Music City CEOs
.

Zach Gemignani

Founder/CEO,
Juice Analytics

Michael Burcham

Former CEO of Narus Health and Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Ralph Schulz

President/CEO,
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Sharon Roberson

President/CEO,
YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Patricia Shea

Founder/CEO,
Women Presidents' Org. & Givful

Andrew McGarrity

Co-Founder/CEO,
Bright Trip

Becky Sharpe

CEO of Collegiate Sports Data and Owner of International Scholarship & Tuition Services

Ronald Roberts

Managing Partner,
Finn Partners/DVL Seigenthaler

Bob Higgins

President/CEO,
Barge Design Solutions

Ron Samuels

Former CEO,
Avenue Bank
.

Sherry Deutschmann

Founder/CEO,
BrainTrust

Jeff Whitehorn

Former Hospital CEO at Hospital Corporation of America

And More!

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Learn How to Lead Like a CEO

STRUCTURE
1 session a month for 7 months

LENGTH
January - July 2022 (Graduation in August)

COST
$4,500 (includes all materials, meals, and parking)

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How to Join

Nominate

All participants must be nominated. The nomination form is simple and quick.

Apply

Spark reviews nominations and follows up with participants about the next steps.

Begin

All nominations are due by
Dec. 13 but don't wait! This program will fill up soon.

CEO Connect Benefits

EXPAND YOUR NETWORK

Get to know the top CEOs in Nashville as well as the high-potential leaders in your cohort.

HANDS-ON LEARNING

Learn by doing with discussion groups, prompts, and experiential learning.

DESIGNED FOR BUSY PROFESSIONALS

No homework, no boring lectures. Get the insights you need for next-day application.

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A TEAM YOU CAN TRUST

We love what we do and it shows in our work, and in how we design your experience.

REAL-WORLD INSIGHTS

Learn how to think, act, and lead like a CEO, and the types of problems they tackle every day.

ALL-INCLUSIVE SPACES

Whether it's parking, eating, or materials, everything you need is included in the program.

FAQs

What is the schedule for CEO Connect?

Beginning January 2022, there will be one session a month until the graduation dinner in August 2022.

Cohort 1 (Tuesdays)

  • January 11 - Bob Higgins
  • February 15 - Ralph Schulz & Sharon Roberson
  • March 22 - Sarah Trahern
  • April 12 - TBD
  • May 17 - Ron Roberts
  • June 14 - Michael Burcham
  • July 12 - Clark Vitulli
  • August 16 (Graduation)

Cohort 2 (Thursdays)

  • January 27 - Ron Samuels
  • February 24 - Jeff Whitehorn & Andrew McGarrity
  • March 31 - Clark Vitulli & Sherry Deutschmann
  • April 21 - Zach Gemignani
  • May 26 - Becky Sharpe & Pat Shea
  • June 23 - Greg Sandfort
  • July 21 - Maura Cunningham
  • August 16 (Graduation)

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $4,500 and that includes all materials, meals, parking, and experiences that are specific to the program.

Can I choose which cohort I join?

Nominees can share which cohort they prefer, but in order to keep the cohorts at a small size, Spark leadership will make the final decision.

What is included in each session?

During each session, the cohort will meet and engage in a half-day activity with a CEO. During this time you will discuss real-world use cases, experiential learning activities, and enjoy a meal together. There will also be after-hours networking.

How do I join?

All participants of this program must be nominated. Simply share this link with a friend, mentor, or leader and request to be nominated. It only takes 2 minutes to complete the form.

Are there payment options for participants?

We provide multiple payment options and can work with participants on a case-by-case basis.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!

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