ATLANTA, Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atlanta CEO Council (ACEO), a networking and development organization for CXOs, today announced a transformative expansion of its current offerings with the new ACEO Forums. Considered the next evolution of ACEO for the next generation of business leaders, ACEO Forums will offer access to capital, strategic prospect introductions and peer mentoring while fostering professional collaboration and discussion.
As part of the expansion, ACEO will also take steps to increase its gender, racial and ethnic diversity, an objective being adopted by tech companies nationwide as they struggle to attract new talent and create more inclusive environments. Founded in 1999, ACEO has built a strong network of CEOs and senior leaders and has long been a critical part of Atlanta's growing technology product business community.
"For the past 17 years, ACEO has focused on the importance of connecting business leaders with their most valuable resource—each other," said Palaniswamy "Raj" Rajan, co-founder and Council chairman. "ACEO Forums emerged from our desire to deliver new high-value programs and a next-level networking environment for both prominent and promising entrepreneurs and leaders."
The cutting-edge, comprehensive new ACEO Forums will target the biggest challenges confronting every business leader. Among the programs:
- Leader forums — Roundtables of CEOs who meet for discussion and to accelerate their professional development in a confidential environment.
- Connections to customers — Utilization of the powerful ACEO professional network to introduce members to game-changing prospects.
- Connections to capital — Introduction to the limitless sources of funding available, including private equity, debt lending, venture capital and more. The program will facilitate introductions between investors and member CEOs.
- Apprentice program — Peer mentoring program designed to develop and support future business leaders while giving members exposure to the best new talent available.
"As ACEO continues to evolve, and for our business community to succeed, we want to develop and support the most talented pool of technology product CEOs and leaders," said Linnea Geiss, VP of Corporate Development at NCR and a member of the Council board of directors. "We want to help our current leaders accelerate their success while also developing the best new senior-level talent to attract, grow and keep companies here in Atlanta and our region. Our forthcoming apprentice program will help us to cultivate tomorrow's business leaders."
Membership in the Atlanta CEO Council and the new ACEO Forums is open to CEOs of technology product companies with greater than $0.5 million in revenue or funding. For more information, please visit ACEO Forums.
About the Atlanta CEO Council
The Atlanta CEO Council is a nonprofit organization created by CEOs for CEOs. Since 1999, ACEO has been cultivating a strong network of CEOs and senior leaders built on meritocratic principles—ability, effort, and impact— to help benefit the next generations of leaders. Membership is comprised of more than 1,000 CEOs and senior leaders from across the Southeast. Members of ACEO run companies that employ more than 50,000 people in the Atlanta region and generate over $10 billion in direct annual revenue for the local economy. For more information, visit www.atlantaceo.org.
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