Ascension Leader Institute

Ascension Leader Institute accelerates the development of promising leaders across Ascension through education and training.

What we do

The Ascension Leader Institute was established in 2015 to:

  • Accelerate the formation and development of associates across Ascension
  • Foster a common leadership culture
  • Cultivate a robust leadership pipeline
  • Serve as an engine for accelerating change

It is designed to champion both individual and collective growth for promising associates at various stages of their careers, from high potential new graduates through seasoned executives. The Ascension Leader Institute serves as the center for integrating programs and resources that combine individual formative experiences with practical and experiential learning. 

One such program is the Ascension Leadership Academy, which provides the space for senior leaders to grow competencies that strengthen strategic capabilities, test new concepts and launch innovative initiatives.  Leadership Academy members are nominated and selected to participate in integrated residential and field experiences led by distinguished thought leaders and experts from both inside and outside of healthcare. 

Ascension Leader Institute
101 South Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63105

Carol Whittington, Senior VP, Ascension Leader Institute; Executive Director for the Ascension Leadership Academy.
Carol Whittington
Senior Vice President, Organizational Learning & Performance; Executive Director, Ascension Leader Institute

Carol Whittington serves as the Senior Vice President of the Ascension Leader Institute and as Executive Director for the Ascension Leadership Academy. She also provides executive leadership for Talent Stewardship and Organizational Development & Learning within Ascension’s Human Resources ministry-wide function.