Dear CLE Members,

 Since its inception in 1955, the mission of the Communication Leadership Exchange (CLE) has been to provide a community through which senior communication leaders can help one another advance the practice of communication in business. The Exchange is a highly interactive, collegial group of senior communication leaders who are passionate about helping each other and their organizations succeed.

However, several factors have contributed to a significant change in our ability to fulfill this mission.  At a special meeting held Nov. 29, the CLE Board of Directors voted to cease operations. Therefore, we regret to inform you that our beloved 62-year organization will close up shop and become a part of our memories as of Dec. 31, 2017.

 This decision was reached after considerable discussion. Several options and alternatives were explored. However, the factors influencing our ability to continue operation became too large to overcome. Those factors include:

  • Decreasing participation in CLE events and activities, including ListServ, Hot Topics and the Annual Conference
  • Declining membership, in spite of outreach efforts
  • Inability to sustain operations at the current level, including website, management fees and other business critical expenses, based on income from membership dues
  • Board member attrition, which is difficult to resolve without a clearly defined focus and purpose
  • The availability of information, ideas and other communication resources through other avenues, including social media and online

 If you have questions, please send them to: 

We express our deepest gratitude to our loyal members. It has been an incredible journey. Over the years, we’ve shared learnings, laughs and love. We know many CLE friendships will endure.  We appreciate your hard work and passion for CLE and our profession. It has been an honor to be part of this tremendous organization.

Thank you.


Becky Healy and Jeff Kosoriek