Executive leadership program

Work with top-tier talentand top-tier companies.

Picture yourself in the company of the best executive leaders in the business — all Pacific Lake approved.

The Executive Leadership Program is a two-year, growth-minded program organized and managed by Pacific Lake.

Through the Executive Leadership Program, search fund CEOs can add a talented high-potential executive to their team to help them scale and grow, while recent MBAs receive an opportunity to step into a meaningful role in a fast-growing company. It’s a win-win scenario.

The program has three pillars:


Hands-on, high-impact leadership


Focused learning & training


Active & supportive community & mentors

Antonie Katscher
Chief of Staff | Triyam
"Through Pacific Lake's Executive Leadership Program, I found a wonderful community of bright and thoughtful individuals, all going through similar experiences than I am at other portfolio companies. It has been extremely valuable to hear and learn from their unique perspectives, challenges, and opportunities. In addition to this, the resources that I have been given access to - from expert talks to specific guidebooks - have proven instrumental in setting me up for success."
Dave Considine
Chief of Staff  |  Omatic Software
"Joining Pacific Lake’s Executive Leadership Program was a pivotal point in my career and provided me with an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as a leader. Working as the Chief of Staff of a middle market company has taught me so much about how companies operate, adapt, and grow and will serve as the foundation that I will continue to build on throughout my career."
Jacob Ahle
Chief of Staff | Tactiq
"Joining Pacific Lake's Executive Leadership Program has been the best decision I’ve made in my post-MBA career. As a former US Army officer, I was looking for post-MBA career options that paid well and enabled me to immediately return to a leadership position within a business, while still having opportunity to be mentored and grow (a combination not easily found or available to MBA students). ELP provided exactly that."

How to apply

Fill out the Predictive Index assessment

Take assessment

Submit an online application

Apply now

We'll be in touch

We expect companies to recruit throughout the winter and spring. Once you’re in our system, we'll reach out for first-round interviews in December and January. Introductions often occur in February and March.

Frequently asked questions

Can you walk me through the recruiting process?

Generally speaking, the recruiting process consists of a few main steps. First, you fill out the Predictive Index Survey and Online Application. Next is a first round of interviews with the Pacific Lake team, followed by a company screening. Within a few weeks, you’ll potentially get an offer from a specific company and the opportunity to join Pacific Lake’s Executive Leadership Program.

Am I an employee of Pacific Lake or of the portfolio company?

You’re an employee of the company you join. Pacific Lake’s role throughout the course of the two years is to support your growth and development through coaching, training, and providing you access to a tremendous network of current and former operators and investors.

What exactly do I get by joining the program? Why not just join the company?

Your day-to-day work will be at the company, and that’s where you will spend most of your time. But when you’re part of the Executive Leadership Program, you get access to trainings on key leadership topics, a dedicated former CEO or COO as a mentor, and access to Pacific Lake’s events. You’re also part of a community of highly talented peers, operators, and investors.

What happens at the end of my second year?

This is often a natural point of transition. You have plenty of options available in terms of what comes next, including: launch a search; take on a larger role at your current firm; move on to another role within the Pacific Lake ecosystem of companies; or move on to another role outside Pacific Lake. We’ll work with you to help you decide which path makes the most sense at this point in your career.

What is the Predictive Index, and how and why do you use it?

When you work for a small firm, fit really matters. In fact, how well you work with your CEO –and broadly with your peers—will be a major determinant of your success, impact, and growth. The Predictive Index is a great (and quick!)tool that allows us to create better matches on working styles between CEOs and candidates.

Need more info?

If you have any questions or would like to get to know us better, please feel free to reach out.