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Frances Hesselbein

Frances HesselbeinOne of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development has joined with the University of Pittsburgh and her colleagues worldwide to strengthen leadership among college-age students.

Currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute,founded as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein's legacy and ongoing contributions. Hesselbein served as the organization’s founding president and chief executive officer from 1990 to 2000 and most recently served as chair of the board from 2000-2010. She held these positions following a distinguished tenure as CEO of the Girls Scouts of the United States of America from 1976 to 1990.

As a “pioneer for women, diversity and inclusion,” Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. A distinguished author and board member for several nonprofit and corporate boards, she serves as editor-in-chief of the award-winning journal Leader to Leader and is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty-nine languages. She has written numerous articles and books on effective leadership, including the best seller, The Leader of the Future, Hesselbein on Leadership, and her most recent publication More Hesselbein on Leadership. You can follow Mrs. Hesselbein on twitter at

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