Admired Leadership Institute in Asheville

April 2024

The Admired Leadership Institute combines a week of leadership learning with activities that embrace multiple experiences found in Asheville, North Carolina. This carefully balanced design provides participants with a truly memorable Admired Leadership® experience. It is designed to create a rich dialogue among peer-like leaders. 

Who Should Attend

The ideal participant for this tailored Admired Leadership Institute® is a “high potential” female leader with significant, current responsibility and looking to find sustainability and longevity in their career. Asheville is a destination known for outdoor activities, rich nature experiences, and being at the forefront of sustainability. Those with an affinity for the outdoors, hiking, and making new relationships with fellow female leaders will appreciate the experience the most.


MALLORY STACEY is a managing director in the CRA’s Leadership Practice. She advises leaders from Fortune 500 companies with a focus on newly promoted leaders looking to advance in their careers. Mallory has advised individuals and organizations through large-scale transformations, change initiatives, and process and team improvement. Prior to joining CRA, Mallory spent over a decade as a Consultant at Ernst & Young, where she was part of the process improvement division of the business transformation office. Her recent clients include Tory Burch, NASCAR, BMS, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

ELLIE CHAMBERLIN is a managing director in CRA’s Strategic Communications Practice. Ellie advises clients on how to communicate strategy and develop communication plans for organizational alignment and large-scale change efforts. She has expertise in designing and executing communication strategy to improve leadership credibility, achieve business objectives, and drive change during uncertain times. Her recent clients include BAE Systems, Dell Technologies, FMC, McDonald’s, Secureworks, and The World Bank Group. 

Diana Hong is a partner at CRA | Admired Leadership and a coach in the Strategic Communications practice. Diana coaches senior executives and leads teams on strategic communication, change, executive visibility and presence and stakeholder management and relationships. Her recent clients feature Morgan Stanley, Fannie Mae, Dell Technologies, American Water, the World Bank Group, Evercore, Merck KGaA, KPMG, the American Psychological Association, Waters Corporation, Tory Burch, and Marriott International.


Sourwood Inn is an Asheville, North Carolina bed and breakfast where guests can experience the delights of the Blue Ridge Mountains and still easily access the arts and sophistication of downtown Asheville. Built with cedar and trimmed with stone, the Inn offers spacious comfort and beautiful mountain views. Perfect for hikers, book-lovers and those seeking a getaway within a stone’s throw of historic Asheville. Some past attendees have chosen to extend their travel in the area before and after their session. We are happy to make recommendations and assist with travel plans as needed.

The Core Sessions

The core sessions consist of 30 distinct learning modules interwoven with group activities designed to encourage reflection and dialogue. A sampling of modules includes:
  • Communicating to Drive Outcomes: Advocacy, Influence, and Change
  • Developing and Coaching Juniors
  • Driving Performance and Delivering Results
  • Identifying and Selecting Talent
  • Inspiring Others Around You
  • Leading Your Leader for Team Success
  • Making Great Decisions Every Day
  • Making the Time to Lead
  • Projecting Gravitas and Presence
  • What You Don’t Know About Building Relationships

Recreational Activities

In addition to intensive working sessions around the art of leadership, the program will also host activities that embrace the beautiful outdoors in which Asheville sits. Home to renowned trails, breweries, and art – to name a few – Asheville offers unforgettable experiences and opportunities to learn from a creative and sustainable community.

The 2024 event is open with limited space available.
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Admired Leadership Institute provides participants with a unique and memorable environment to explore how to be a better leader. It is designed to create a rich dialogue among peer-like leaders who can share organizational challenges, exchange innovative ideas, and better themselves.