I think my organization is too early in the journey to apply for a MEECO Designation?

FALSE: The MEECO Designation is designed to support an organizations journey regardless of the stage they are currently in with their current program:

1. We have heard from past designees that the application helper them to explore where they came from, examine where they are now, and ensure sustainability for the future.
2. There are four different categories based on revenue and type so that the designation is designed to be inclusive of all business sizes.
3. Within each category, there are three levels from the beginner to the advanced.
4. It is an opportunity to receive feedback from an illustrious panel of evaluators to help guide any organization to ongoing and future success.
​I look forward to a continued conversation.

Are there any annual fees we should be aware of as part of membership? We are going through our annual university budget planning process and we want to build that into our budget for next year.

There are no annual fees for the designation.
Our goal is to ensure that the designees attend two workshops per year one is by Zoom and the other at the MEECO Institute’s annual Leadership Development Conference, our goal to have 1 to 2 representatives attend live, and a maximum of two attend by video conferencing (Zoom).

The focus of the meetings is to discuss issues, and solutions designees are experiencing with Leadership Development. Our long-term plan is to be able to offer solutions, for example, coach training for thought leaders within the organization designed in conjunction with and lead by your internal and external coaches, coaching community off-sites, etc.

For the first year the application donation fee includes one ticket for the meeting, conference and the acceptance black-tie gala. The ticket price for subsequent years will vary from year to year depending on the location of the event.

Is the renewal every two years simply paying the suggested donation?

The suggested donation is considered as a donation to a non-profit 501c3 and is due whenever an application, renewal application or a request for an upgrade in you designation standing 

Designation earners are audited each year for consistency in meeting the requirements and standards. What does this audit look like? Hours and time involved?

Audits will start in 2021 however the design of the auditing system will begin in 2020. It is estimated that this will consist of a site visit, and interview with the team responsible for completing the application. The length of time will vary depending on the size of the organization. At this time it is estimated that this will take no more than a 1/2 day.

Who are all of the current MEECO designees? Prior to this I had not heard of this designation.

Current designees include the globally known Hermes Airports,

UCLA anderson School of Management, Rioce University Doerr School of Management, Ford Motor Company, the acclaimed  Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Research/ University of Texas, L-3 Technologies and Rohdan+Fields. While the designation was launched in 2016, word has spread fast due to the critical subject matter and the robust self exploration required which allows for organization to take a serious look at the success and sustainability of their program.

In 2016 we received 2 applications in 2017 we received request from 10 organizations representing the insurance industry, medical academic institutions, consumer product organizations, management consulting firms and government agencies. This is not an award it is a designation which requires ongoing validation, It is not a one and done recognition. It is for organizations who are serious about their talent and their link to the organizations success.

Value requires that labor arket applicants have some awareness of the designation.

Value can be measured in different ways the MEECO Designations value goes deeper than awareness of the designation. There are few people who are aware of ISO designation or MBNQA award yet both are high marks of success for what they represent.

Is there a web site with some branding etc…  If not a more robust web page for now, then a document that would visually represent the designation?

Credibility of the founders and evaluation members – with photos/brief bio/books/point of view statement etc

Differentiation of this award for corporate – What makes it different ?

  • Benefits of receiving a designation:


Is recognition for coaching /development work among leaders in the same space – business

  • Categories:

Applications & Categories

Selection criteria

This is not an award it is a designation. The criteria is based on the category here are the locations for each of the 4 categories:

Category I = $5 billion and up in revenue:   https://meeco-institute.org/criteria-category-1-5-billion-and-over-revenue/

Category II = $5 billion to $20 million in revenue:    http://meeco-institute.org/meeco-designation/criteria-category-ii-5-billion-to-20-million-revenue/

Category III = under $ 20 million in revenue:    https://meeco-institute.org/criteria-category-3-2-million-and-under-and-small-business/

Category IV = Academic Institutions & Government (all sizes):     http://meeco-institute.org/criteria-category-iv-academic-institutions-government/

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Application Fees:

Administrative Fees are based on your category and are posted on the application


A Video or PowerPoint is produced by the applicant to explain/showcase why they received the designation. The documents will join our research library of expert data for the Stakeholders Circle. We do not charge a fee

Stakeholders Circle:

As a Phase 2 applicant you will automatically become a member of the Stakeholders Circle which meets twice a year; at the annual conference and via an online conference: https://meeco-institute.org/meeco-stakeholders-circle/ There is no fee for this exclusive membership

Acceptance Ceremony:

Your application fee covers the cost of one ticket to the ceremony

Annual Conference:

It is our hope that you will encourage your colleagues to support your important work and for ongoing learning and knowledge sharing in the field by accepting your invitation to attend the conference. We encourage your firm to purchase a company table.