CCO Council

About the CCO Council

Launched in 2017, the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) Council is the first peer-to-peer network created for, and with, heads of communication, bringing together a diverse group of senior executives from top companies, major government agencies, and leading non-profits. Created through a partnership with Palisades Media Ventures and Columbia Business School’s Center on Global Brand Leadership, the Council offers a unique discussion and collaboration forum. The Council’s mission is to advance the work of CCOs by implementing a core learning experience focused on small group scenario work, peer-to-peer learning, and exposing CCOs to the best research scholars and latest information.

CCO Council members will take part in biannual, daylong Summit events to be facilitated by Columbia Business School faculty, leading practitioners, and other domain experts and thought leaders. These summits will focus on a wide range of topics—from navigating an evolving social media landscape, to new tools to uncover customer insights, to preparing for the impact of AI and robotics on communications. The Summits will feature workshops, case studies and small group discussions—all in an intimate, collaborative environment surrounded by peers.

Members of the CCO Council include senior executives from leading organizations such as Bloomberg, Coursera, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Domino’s, General Mills, Paramount Pictures, Samsung, and more.

View a program from one of our recent summits.

View a list of current member companies.

Member Benefits

Membership benefits include access to an exclusive network of senior communications executives and year-round activities and programs to support the effectiveness of the CCO community, including:

  • Two full-day Summits per year, hosted by Columbia Business School’s Center on Global Brand Leadership in New York City, plus additional regional events throughout the US
  • Additional half-day summits and social meetings in other US cities (e.g. LA, Chicago, Boston, DC, and NYC)
  • A private, moderated listserv to facilitate information sharing among members of the Council
  • Conference calls or webinars led by CCOs on topics of interest to the Council members
  • Exclusive, proprietary quarterly reports from the Council’s research partner, Morning Consult, and access to individualized custom research from Morning Consult

How to Join

Annual membership fees are $2,500. Discounted rates are available for nonprofits and startups. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Summary of Upcoming and Past Events

Date Event Location
October 5, 2020 CCO Council Virtual Summit Online
(via private Zoom link)
June 26, 2020 CCO Council Leadership Workshop
(via private Zoom link)
May 15, 2020 CCO Council Virtual Summit 
(via private Zoom link)
April 17, 2020 Conference Call: COVID-19 Strategies and Toolkits for CCOs
(via private Zoom link)
February 7, 2020 DC Chapter Event Washington, DC
November 4, 2019 CCO Council Summit: Beyond Shareholder Value Columbia University
New York, NY
October 22, 2019 LA Chapter Event

Santa Monica, CA

May 31, 2019 CCO Council Summit: Discussions Around Leadership Columbia University
New York, NY
April 2, 2019 DC Chapter Event Washington, DC
November 13, 2018 CCO Council Summit: The CCO in an Age of Purpose Columbia University
New York, NY
May 4, 2018 CCO Council Summit: The CCO in an Age of Crisis Columbia University
New York, NY
November 9, 2017 CCO Council Summit: The CCO in the Age of Technology Columbia University
New York, NY

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