Welcome and Application Information

The C-Suite Leadership Institute (“CLI”) is an effort by senior leaders in the legal community to effectively change the diversity landscape for C-Suite general counsel at Fortune 500 companies.  CLI provides a platform for senior leaders to identify, develop, and promote talented attorneys of color.  The program, led by influential leaders, is structured with panels, workshops, and individual meetings that provide learning, networking and visibility opportunities for participants.

CLI panels will feature insights from Fortune 500 GCs, top-tier leadership development consultants and executive search professionals. CLI program topics include personal leadership development and assessment; executive presence; inclusive communications; corporate governance / ESG; and crisis management.  While the program is virtual, there will be ample time for structured group sessions and networking to promote peer to peer and leader connectivity.  


Each participant’s success and the collective success of the CLI, is dependent on individual commitment, personal engagement, and time sacrifice. All selected participants are high caliber, busy professionals with significant responsibility. If accepted, participants are required to attend all scheduled virtual sessions and activities.  Absences are prohibited. CLI is a select program and has a long wait-list. If a participant is unable to fully participate, the participant should decline the invitation which will allow an opportunity for another participant to engage in the program.

CLI will be virtual once again and begins on July 15, 2021 and concludes on July 16, 2021. 


CLI is gratis for selected participants and all program expenses will be covered by MCCA. Participants will be notified via email if they have been selected to participate in this year's program and will have up to one week to accept or decline the invitation. Given the significant demand to participate in CLI, if an invitation response is not received by the set deadline, that participant’s invitation will be revoked. Upon formal acceptance, participants will be provided with additional information regarding registration, schedule, agenda, participant list, and speakers.

New for CLI 2021

The first 15 formally accepted applicants will be invited to a special “Future GC” program that includes personal assessment, feedback, and coaching with Russell Reynolds Associates.


Selection will be based on formal review of the completed application. Participation is subject to space availability, application content, completion and time commitment.  MCCA member organizations will be given priority.  The application deadline is Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM EDT. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered.

Thank you for your interest in the CLI. All selected participants for CLI, including the “Future GC” program, will be notified via email and provided additional information regarding details and next steps. 

Please reach out to programs@mcca.com if you have any additional questions or review additional information on our website at https://www.mcca.com/career-center/c-suite-leadership-institute/.
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