To achieve its mission and vision the Center’s agenda is focused on the areas of greatest impact and importance to our member organizations

Share Higher Ambition Practice: 

Connect and convene higher ambition leaders to share experience, insight, and innovation

Annual CEO Summit. CHL’s annual conference: an opportunity for CEOs to share common issues, challenges and insights in an open environment.

2019 CEO Summit, April 4 – 5, 2019, Boston, MA


CHRO Summit. A new community for CHROs to share experience and best practices in building and sustaining a great higher ambition organization.

2019 CHRO Summit, April 3 – 4, 2019, Boston, MA


CEO Learning Visits. On-site visits to our member companies, led by former United Stationers CEO and Center Director, Dick Gochnauer, provide a chance to learn how others implement distinctive business models and practices.


October 31, 2018: Strategic Growth through Acquisition in a Higher Ambition Organization, United Rentals, Stamford, CT

May 23, 2018: Activating Corporate Purpose as a Catalyst for Business Transformation, Masonite, Tampa, FL


Develop Higher Ambition Leaders:

Delivery of high impact programs that help members to build the next generation of higher ambition leaders

Higher Ambition Leadership Institute. The HALI Program is directed by former Campbell Soup Company CEO and Center Director, Doug Conant. This year long, multi session program is designed for teams of high potential leaders from our member companies to both develop their capabilities as leaders, as well as increase their companies’ economic and social performance.

Currently running our seventh cohort. 

Eighth cohort will run March 2019 – March 2020. 


Advance Higher Ambition Practice:

Generate actionable knowledge on issues that are key to effective leadership

Board of Directors Initiative. A multi-year initiative, led by former Becton Dickinson CEO and Center Director, Ed Ludwig, examines how Boards sustain higher ambition companies over generations of CEOs.

The results of the first phase of this research are summarized in Higher-Ambition CEOs Need Higher-Ambition Boards. The initiative also led to the development of a Survey that Boards can used to self assess their effectiveness  on a set of dimensions that characterize higher performing Higher Ambition Boards of Directors.


Managing for the Short and Long-term. This initiative, led by former TASC CEO and CHL Executive Fellow, David Langstaff focuses on how CEOs can both meet the imperative to deliver short term results while also making the investments required to deliver sustained long term stakeholder value.

CHL White Paper: “Conquering Short-termism: Building Your Business for the Long-term One Quarter at a Time”


Higher Ambition in Private Equity. This initiative, led by Co-Founder of Linden Capital, Eric Larson, seeks to develop a community of leaders within the private equity/private investing arena interested in taking a higher ambition approach to investing.

CHL White Paper: “Higher Ambition Leadership” in Private Equity, An Oxymoron?