The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is a global nonprofit organization focused on leadership development and research. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, CCL is known today for its open-enrollment programs and customized offerings, working with 35,000 leaders each year. It also focuses on leadership assessments, digital learning, executive coaching, and publications. CCL’s mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. In 1935, H. Smith Richardson and Grace Jones Richardson started the Smith Richardson Foundation. One of the topics the foundation focused on was creativity and leadership, as Richardson observed that new leaders often failed after taking over from the previous generation. In the 1970s, the Smith Richardson Foundation founded The Creativity Research Institute in Greensboro. The Institute later became known by its current name: The Center for Creative Leadership. Since 1970, nearly 500,000 leaders have graduated from a CCL program.