The CEO Institute Focused on Meaningful Leadership Experiences
According to Nancy Reardon (2011), senior vice president and chief human resources and communications officer
at Campbell Soup Company, the goal the company’s CEO Institute is to “create the most meaningful leadership
experience participants have ever had” (p. 46). The twoyear residential programs are capped at 2024
participants, and include members from across the company, representing a wide variety of positions, physical
locations, and departments.
Participants begin by handwriting a letter to the CEO of the company, affirming their commitment to the program.
They are then are instructed and ÕÉ≠†Њ†supported through a fivemodule program, consisting of intensive multiday
workshops with homework and reflective activities between each meeting. The modules begin with
fundamentals, then work through exemplary leadership across the field and participants’ internal reasons for
leading. Finally, modules four and five focus on inspiring others, coaching, and “paying it forward” (p. 48)