Vistage Chair Academy

Experienced CEOs are invited to this 5-day Academy

Vistage Chair Academy

Experienced CEOs are invited to this 5-day Academy

What’s next for you?

As a former CEO or business owner, you’ve logged a lifetime of experiences and successes. Perhaps you’ve sold your company, retired or left your previous position. Now, you are in transition, contemplating where to go next.

As an executive in transition, this may be an unfamiliar place for you. You’re no longer climbing the same ladder of success. You’ve already proved yourself and achieved a measure of financial security. You’ve run and grown companies. You’ve worked long hours, perhaps with significant personal sacrifices. You’ve been there and done that.

If you’ve ever thought about coaching other CEOs, you’re in the right place.

Make big impact as a Vistage Chair

Our Vistage Chairs are some of the most prestigious and renowned CEO coaches in the world. As a Vistage Chair, you have the rare opportunity to guide top business leaders through their greatest challenges, so they can make better decisions to benefit themselves, their companies and their communities. What you do matters, and the impact you make ultimately creates a better world.

Benefits of having a Chair practice

Help leaders succeed

Create an impact that ripples from the C-Suite, through company ranks and into your community.

Earn recurring income

There’s no limit on the number of groups you can launch. Chief executive members stay 5+ years on average.

A Flexible schedule

As an independent contractor, you can build a practice that suits your schedule and ambition.

Stay local

Travel is minimal as your monthly meetings and one-to-one sessions are all local. *Virtual meetings & protocols are in place during quarantine to use at your discretion.

Vistage Chair Academy 
Start your journey guiding CEOs to greater success
Vistage has developed a specialized curriculum that helps prepare business leaders to become CEO mentors and peer advisory group facilitators. Chair Academy is a virtual, week-long, highly engaging executive-level program that offers tools, insights, and best practices for sourcing and leading Vistage members and groups.

Learn from the absolute best CEO coaches & subject matter experts in the world

Chair Academy is conducted by a faculty of successful, high-performing and long-tenured Chairs, as well as subject-matter experts in leadership, communication, coaching and business development. Facilitators use a variety of methods and tools to fully engage participants in the principles and behaviors of being a Chair. This includes small breakout sessions, live demonstrations, role plays and lectures. The curriculum also covers problem-solving and skills practice.

Attend the next Chair Academy

We are accepting applications for our upcoming sessions. Apply and find out if you qualify, and our team will reach out about upcoming Academy dates.

This week-long, highly engaging executive-level program will support you as you begin your journey into executive coaching and leading peer advisory groups. You’ll receive tools, insights, and best practices for guiding Vistage members as well as for building your practice.

Everything in store for you at Chair Academy

  1. How to implement business development practices to build a new group.
  2. Steps to help identify and select your group members.
  3. How to conduct effective one-to-one selection conversations.
  4. Experience the power of Vistage’s proprietary “Issue Processing” model.

Do you have what it takes?

Vistage Chairs come with strong financial acumen, superb business development skills and an innate entrepreneurial spirit. They’ve realized the kind of success to which most only aspire. Now, they have the opportunity to greatly impact the lives of other business leaders in their communities.

We look for candidates that meet the following criteria:

  1. Previous or transitioning president, CEO, founder or executive leader
  2. Have 12-15+ years of C-level experience with $5M+ P&L responsibility
  3. Experience in leading a high-performing team with a passion for mentoring others
  4. Have a large network of other executives
  5. Entrepreneurial spirit and drive to embark on building your own business

Secure your spot at the Vistage Virtual Chair Academy training event

What Actual Vistage Chairs Have to Say

Tonya Twitchell

Vistage Chair since 2018

First as a Member, and now as a Chair, Vistage continues to be the place where I am “seen”, challenged, and championed at a level that is consistently higher and more rigorous than any other area of my life.

Arturo Lopez

Houston, Chair since 2014

Chairing is one of the most difficult things I have done so far in my life and it is also the most rewarding to date. The impact as a guide for our Members is exceptional.

Frequently asked questions

If I meet the criteria to be a Vistage Chair, what are my next steps?
If you meet all of our qualifying criteria, the first step into your Chair journey will be a phone interview with one of our Executive Recruiters. They will contact you within two business days to determine if this opportunity is a good fit. You’ll be asked about your leadership experience and personal goals while you learn more about the Chairing opportunity available right now in your area.
What happens when I graduate from Academy?
Once you graduate from our training course, you will start building your first group. You are paired with a Build Coach, who is your go-to expert for all things Vistage, and will have access to robust online resources for sales, marketing and new group best practices.
How do I become a Chair?
We have a collection of training sessions throughout the year that we call Chair Academy. We discuss all of the tools needed to become a successful Chair and provide resources and best practices to get you started.
If I don’t qualify to be a Chair, what else can Vistage offer me?
The Vistage Research Center regularly publishes free content and hosts live webinars from leading economists and experts in all areas of business. Vistage is also actively searching for new members, expert speakers, and event sponsors. If you think these opportunities better align with your business needs, we encourage you to apply.

Vistage Chair Application

Vistage Chairs mentor high-integrity executives, helping them make better decisions, become better leaders and achieve better results.

To learn more about this role, complete this short form and upload your resume/CV/biography. Our Chair selection team will be in touch shortly.

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