Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld (born 1 April 1954) is the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at Yale School of Management, and Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies. Sonnenfeld is best known as the founder and CEO of Chief Executive Leadership Institute (CELI), affiliated with Yale University.Sonnenfeld is known for convening Yale's semi-annual CEO Summits, which has drawn thousands of CEOs from across decades for off-the-record peer-to-peer conversations. In his personal capacity, he has informally advised thousands of CEOs as well as multiple U.S. presidents and nominees from both parties, including Joseph Biden, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush as a conduit between top business and political leaders. He is the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, having done so 10 times. Sonnenfeld is a member of the board of Lennar, the leading American homebuilder, as well as IEX, Atlas Merchant Capital, and the Ellis Island Honor Society. Sonnenfeld was appointed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to serve as co-chair of Advance CT, where he currently leads the state’s economic development, including attracting and retaining leading global businesses and developing the state’s workforce.


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