The World Needs Better Leaders

David Novak Leadership, Inc. is a Section 501(c)(3) private operating foundation whose mission is to make the world a better place by developing better leaders at every stage of life.

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"I truly believe that nothing big or game-changing can happen without a good leader. I also believe everyone has it in them to lead. That it’s not too early — nor too late — to learn how. Now, more than ever, the world needs inspired people like you to take the lead in making important things happen. Imagine the possibilities!”

From Preschool to the Pros

Developing a “Pipeline of Leaders” to meet today’s challenges.

We believe that everyone has the potential to be a great leader, no matter what age, background, career or ambition. That’s why every dollar we make goes back to serve the broader community of developing leaders.

We provide free or discounted leadership training to students and managers of other non-profit organizations, and support leadership development initiatives founded or sponsored by David Novak and his family, including Lead4Change, the Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri and Global Game Changers.

Pre-K - 5th Grade

We Ignite Good.

Global Game Changers helps Pre-K through 5th graders uncover their true talent and develop the self-confidence they need to succeed in life.

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6th-12th Grade

We Create Change.

Lead4Change is the largest privately-funded leadership development program in the U.S. for middle school and high school students. Our program teaches young leaders how to lead through service to their communities.

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We Inspire Others.

The Novak Leadership Institute at David’s alma mater, the University of Missouri, teaches college students how to think like marketers and take people with them to make big things happen as they get ready to launch their careers in business or non-profit.

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We Teach How.

How Leaders Lead with David Novak is the leading leadership podcast that shares stories and insights from the world’s most accomplished leaders. And our courses, books and workshops teach aspiring leaders in the workplace how to leave their mark, too.

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We Lift Lives.

The Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation is a private family foundation funded by David and Wendy Novak. It was established in 1999 as a charitable trust to provide charitable grants and scholarships to people in need.

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David Novak knows a thing or two about leadership.

As co-founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fortune 500 company Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut); one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the world” according to Harvard Business Review; and now host of the top-ranked leadership podcast, How Leaders Lead with David Novak, David has left his mark on the business world in never-before seen ways.

And he’s sharing this experience with you!

David’s New York Time’s best-selling book, Taking People With You, highlights the collaborative, contemporary, team-first philosophy that guides the development of everything we do. Our podcasts, books, courses, workshops and free educational programs teach and inspire aspiring leaders at every stage of life, from pre-kindergarten through one’s professional career.


Making The World a Better Place by Building Better Leaders

Contact us today to learn more about how we can make a difference in your world and help you leave a mark.

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