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.

Our mission is to make the world a better place by developing better leaders at every stage of life. And, we don’t want price to ever be a barrier. It’s why we offer all our leadership training for free. Every leader can get access to the training they need to develop as a leader and get big things done.


How Leaders Lead

Through our breakthrough mobile app and top-ranked leadership podcast, we share stories and insights from the world’s most accomplished leaders — people like Tom Brady, Condoleezza Rice, and Indra Nooyi (former CEO of PepsiCo). Our leadership resources will give you the confidence you need to lead well.

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Novak Leadership Institute

At the University of Missouri, David’s alma mater, we offer a fresh approach to leadership education rooted in the principles of strategic communication and advertising. We help students effectively lead themselves and others through a mix of research, strategy, creativity, and collaboration. We call it leading by taking people with you.

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6th-12th Grade


We’ve developed a free student leadership program for 6th - 12th graders that helps students realize that their life matters and that they can make a difference in their community.

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Pre-K - 5th Grade

Global Game Changers

We help Pre-K through 5th graders uncover their true talent and develop the self-confidence they need to succeed in life.

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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.

David grew from his first job as a copywriter at a small ad agency to become cofounder and CEO of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company. David famously grew Yum! Brands from $4 billion to $32 billion in market cap and he’s faced every leadership challenge possible. Now, he wants to share his learnings to help develop leaders at every stage of life.

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