Frances Hesselbein

Frances Hesselbein

President and CEO

The Francis Hesselbein Leadership Institute
(Formerly Known as the Peter Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management)

Areas of Expertise

  • Fostering leadership in the passion to serve, the discipline to listen, the courage to question,
    and the spirit to include
  • Strengthening and inspiring leadership of the social sector, business and government
  • Connecting the public, private and social sectors with curated resources and relationships to serve, evolve and lead together

Executive Biography

Frances Hesselbein, one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, is president and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor by President Bill Clinton in 1998, for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990 and for her work as President of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. Her contributions also were recognized by President George H. W. Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

Hesselbein has been honored with a multitude of additional awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards from ATHENA International and Best Practice Institute in New York, induction to the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, and as Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point (the first woman and first non-graduate in this role). She also has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and she was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Award.

Hesselbein is editor-in-chief of the award-winning quarterly journal “Leader to Leader,” and co-editor of 27 books in 29 languages. She has authored three books, “Hesselbein on Leadership”, “My Life in Leadership,” and “More Hesselbein on Leadership.”