CEO Connect

Nashville's Premier Executive 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 30 high-potential business leaders, this exclusive experience helps you grow your network and leadership.

  • Learn winning strategies from CEOs of international companies like Bridgestone, Tractor Supply, and Country Music Association
  • 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

Sharon Roberson

President/CEO,
YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Greg Sandfort

Former CEO,
Tractor Supply

Ralph Schulz

President/CEO,
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Ronald Roberts

Managing Partner,
Finn Partners/DVL Seigenthaler

Bob Higgins

President/CEO,
Barge Design Solutions

Sean Henry

President/CEO,
Nashville Predators

Amanda Mathis

CFO,
Bridgestone Americas

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Learn How to Lead Like a CEO

STRUCTURE
1 session a month for 7 months

LENGTH
Sept. 2021 - April 2022

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

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The Application Process

Apply

Fill out our simple form and tell us why you should be chosen for CEO Connect.

Review

The Spark team will review your application and follow up with the next steps.

Begin

All applications are due by Sept. 1 and the first session begins on Sept. 16.

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 September 16, 2021, there will be one session a month until the graduation dinner on April 14.

  • September 16: Bob Higgins, Barge Design Solutions and Ralph Schulz, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
  • October 21: Sean Henry, Nashville Predators
  • November 18: Ron Roberts, DVL Seigenthaler / FINN Partners
  • December 16: Greg Sandfort, Former CEO of Tractor Supply Company
  • January 20: Amanda Mathis, Bridgestone Americas
  • February 17: Sharon Roberson, YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee
  • March 24: Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association
  • April 14: Graduation

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.

What do I need to apply?

Answer the questions on our form and submit your resume. Afterward, our team will follow up about the next steps.

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.

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!

Do you know a high-potential leader in Nashville?

Nominate a candidate today!

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