The purpose of this study was to determine how participants perceived the effectiveness of their experience in the 2008 Global Institute for Leadership Development – GILD as a provider of custom executive education. GILD is an intensive one-week institute sponsored by Linkage, Inc. GILD has been presented as an accelerated growth experience designed to differentiate superior leaders from average leaders. During its twelve-year history, the Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) had not yet been comprehensively evaluated. GILD 2008 was held from October 12 – 17 in Palm Desert, California. Two hundred eighty nine people from around the world participated in GILD 2008. Sixty-one percent, or one hundred seventy-nine people, completed the evaluation. Program participants included executives, general managers, directors and managers whose responsibilities include sales, marketing, finance, engineering, information technology and project management. Eighteen countries were represented in GILD 2008.