20 Executives. 9 Months. 
1 Breakthrough Opportunity.

CEO Academy: The Art of Impact

Over the next nine months, 20 of California’s most successful diverse business executives will learn the skills and strategies to drive their organizations’ growth, culture and bottom-line results to unexpected heights. Shouldn’t you be one of them?




We’re strong for our customers and communities.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial financial services through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, online (wellsfargo.com), and mobile devices. 

We’re headquartered in San Francisco, but we’re decentralized so every local Wells Fargo location is a headquarters for satisfying our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially. We do business with 70 million customers and one in three U.S. households. Wells Fargo has approximately 273,000 team members in 42 countries and territories across our more than 90 businesses.



It’s not for everyone. But you’re not everyone.

The CEO Academy is a leadership and business development cohort for thriving MBEs in the SCMSDC network. This nine-month program will bring together executive masterminds to help grow their capacities and capabilities while also increasing wealth creation and establishing strong strategic partnerships across diverse industries. Upon completion of this program, participants will share academy outcomes and business impact with the SCMSDC Board and the Wells Fargo Leadership.

Participants will be notified of acceptance through email by August 16, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Marlene Nantell at mnantell@scmsdc.org.

Application Deadline: August 9, 2017
Tuition: $1200

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Advanced Leadership Training: 
For CEOs. By CEOs.




Wed, August 30, 2017

5:00 – 7:30 pm

CEO Academy Kick-off: Business Passion
Keynote Speaker: Karim Webb, Restaurateur

SCMSDC’s CEO Academy 2017 hits the ground running with a program overview, a welcome kit for each participant and a keynote presentation by Karim Webb, speaking on his experiences as an entrepreneur and the power of authentic engagement, which breeds deeper loyalty (both internally and externally), increased sales, greater productivity and higher margins. Learn how such high-touch approaches to business and leadership can make a meaningful difference, not only in the community but also on the balance sheet.





Wed, September 27, 2017    

5:00 – 7:30 pm

Leadership and Executive Presence
Speaker: Chris Bryant, Chief Experience Officer

Forbes magazine calls it an “illusive art,” one that can make or break you as a leader and significantly impact the success of your organization. Executive presence refers to your ability to embody extraordinary poise, confidence and business savvy, while modeling excellence for your staff. This newly identified “x-factor” may not be in every executive’s playbook yet, but it has never been more important. Learn techniques used by world-class business leaders to build a culture of excellence, elevate staff performance and create customer experiences that drive bottom-line results.




Sun, October 29, 2017    

9:00 am – noon
Citrus Studio, Santa Monica

Leading Your Brand Successfully
Kalika Yap and Erika Brechtel, Branding Experts

This interactive, surprising (and downright fun) three-hour workshop will incorporate hands-on brand personality exercises to help you reveal your brand’s core essence, define specific touch points to better convey your brand in a way that connects with your audience, and build a passionately devoted following. Learn how simply staying focused, relevant and authentic can turn a bland brand into a phenomenon, a phenomenon into an icon.




Wed, November 29, 2017    

5:00 – 7:30 pm

Operational Leadership, Part I – Legal
Kristen Nesbit, Fisher & Phillips

What every senior leader needs to know to protect the company. Learn about federal and state labor and employment laws so you can ensure your operation is in compliance. Hear real-life case studies recounting simple errors that have severely damaged companies’ business, culture and climate. And get current on best practices with regard to employee relations issues in order to mitigate your company’s risk and maximize its opportunities.




Fri, January 12, 2018

10:00 am – 2:00 pm    

Operational Leadership, Part IIA – Business Performance
Erika Williams-Rogers, Organizational Development Specialist

Are you managing multiple facets of your company (e.g., sales, finance, marketing, etc.) or are you leading your team to manage them via clear strategy, metrics and standardized workflows and systems? A CEO’s level of operational leadership can be a key indicator of whether a company is ready to expand, scale or even sell. In this session, you’ll learn the key success factors of operational leadership, and complete an Operational Leadership Assessment to see if these factors are present in your current approach. 




Fri, February 23,2018        

10:00 am – 2:00 pm    

Operational Leadership, Part IIB – Business Performance
Erika Williams-Rogers, Organizational Development Specialist

In this session, you will review and interpret the results of your Operational Leadership Assessment from the previous session. But more importantly, you will learn how to translate those results into a Strategic Action Plan to further enhance your operational leadership skills, along with methods to systemically boost accountability and productivity within the organization. As a bonus, there will be a corporate panel discussion regarding the procurement outlook for participants’ companies.




Thur, April 19, 2018        

5:00 – 8:00 pm    
CR&A Custom, Los Angeles

Transformational Leadership
Carmen Rad, Owner of CR&A Custom
Tony Green, Six Sigma Expert                   
Debbie Lumpkin, Project Management Expert

Tour a Six Sigma Operation and learn from the experts how high-efficiency, repeatable processes can transform your business. As your business matures, your objective will be to maximize profits and reduce overhead. In this session, you will gain a detailed understanding of your operational costs as well as your daily procedures/processes, enabling you to begin to streamline your operations for optimum repeatability, efficiency and profitability.




Wed, May 30, 2018


12:00 – 2:00 pm
University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Graduation Luncheon
Virginia Gomez, President of SCMSDC
Peter Lee, Vice President of Supplier Diversity of Wells Fargo
Past facilitators and corporate guests will be in attendance to help us celebrate

Congratulations! It’s time to celebrate not only this achievement, but the amazing new realm of opportunity it opens up for you. As a CEO Academy graduate, you will receive a certificate of completion and enjoy one last cohort gathering (with photo op!) before heading off into the world to apply all that you’ve learned … taking your business farther than even you would have imagined just nine months ago.




Leading the leaders.

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It’s not for everyone.
But you’re not everyone.

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