Frances Hesselbein

Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) and its Founding President. Mrs. Hesselbein was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor by President Clinton, in 1998. The award recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.”  Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

In 2009 she was appointed as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  She is not only the first woman appointee; she is also the first non-graduate of West Point to hold the position of Chair for the Study of Leadership.  Her latest book “My Life in Leadership” has won many praises from prominent thought leaders.

 

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