• About

    The Advent Leadership Academy is an ambitious collaboration between Advent International and Harvard Business School. The Academy provides an opportunity to bring together a diverse group of portfolio-company leaders in a tailored program designed and taught by the world’s most prestigious business school.


      The program will equip participants with the skills, knowledge, and relationships necessary to excel in future leadership roles at their companies. Attendees will benefit from insights into their personality and leadership style, which will help position them for future success.


      Building on existing work to improve the level of diversity across our portfolio, the program will be open to high performing people leaders with potential for expanded role or responsibility and who demonstrate a commitment to inclusiveness and bring a diverse perspective or experience that would be additive to the program.  Our goal is to help create a more diverse pipeline of future leaders for our businesses.

  • Objectives

    The key objective of the program is to provide high-potential leaders at our portfolio companies with the knowledge and skills to accelerate their development and create a pipeline of diverse professionals who will be prepared for future executive-level roles.


      One of the great strengths of the Advent approach has been the continual exchange of ideas across our global community. The program will further stimulate this collaboration by encouraging alumni to share insights and best practices gained in one sector or geography with fellow leaders elsewhere in the Advent portfolio.


      The shared experience will also help create a community of peers that leaders can leverage throughout their careers.

  • Course overview

    Participants will benefit from an intensive, multi-week program with HBS Executive Education focusing on topics such as leadership, talent management, strategy, innovation, culture, brand, and digital transformation. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with thought leaders from Harvard and external luminaries on evolving business issues.


      The course will be tailored by HBS to meet the specific needs and experiences of the cohort. Working in small groups through real-life challenges, participants will learn to think more strategically, hone their judgment, and develop leadership acumen.


      Harvard Business School Executive Education partners with organizations to help develop the agile leadership teams they need for successful transformation. For more than a decade, it has offered flexible education programs for some of the world’s leading businesses, leveraging the full resources of the world’s premier business school.

  • Looking forward

    Candidates for the Advent Leadership Academy will be outstanding leaders from our portfolio companies who come from diverse backgrounds and value diversity, equity and inclusion as a key aspect of leadership.  Selected participants will have shown a consistent dedication to applying inclusive leadership principles in their business practices.


      The Leadership Academy is a key initiative in our long-term drive to address the need for greater diversity and inclusion across the Advent community and the wider financial services industry. Developing a new generation of talent with diverse experiences, backgrounds, ethnicities, and thought processes will help us to be better investors and help our portfolio companies become stronger, more sustainable businesses. Read more about our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

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