Carnegie Mellon University

Emerging Leaders Program

Preparing rising Black leaders for professional success.

The Emerging Leaders Program supports Black professionals with higher level aspirations who are currently individual contributors or managers of people.

This series will hone the skills new leaders need to move into higher levels of management, successfully navigate challenges they may encounter as leaders of color, and ensure their strategic rise up the organizational ladder.

This 12-session program is presented by the Tepper School of Business and The Advanced Leadership Institute in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University, and Duquesne University. Participants will sharpen the hard and soft skills necessary for effective leadership within the context of the rising Black professional. Participants will master topics such as executive presence and managerial effectiveness, organizational culture, negotiation strategy, mentorship and feedback, and building successful teams – all while addressing relevant potential roadblocks and how to surmount them.

Key Takeaways

  • Develop personal leadership strategies and clearly define professional goals.
  • Enhance essential leadership skills.
  • Learn to build and manage effective teams.
  • Improve negotiation techniques.
  • Cultivate and grow a supportive peer network.
  • Gain deeper understanding of organizational culture and the ability to navigate it effectively.

Who Should Attend

Future Black leaders must have a minimum of 3-5 years of professional work experience in corporate, nonprofit, government, or entrepreneurial sectors. A bachelor’s degree or five years of additional, equivalent and relevant experience is required. Candidates may include both strong individual contributors with supervisory aspirations and those in managerial positions who are growing in the leadership phase of their career. Applicants should have a strong desire to achieve professional excellence. The program will be based in the greater Pittsburgh region.

About the Advanced Leadership Institute

Carnegie Mellon Executive Education is pleased to serve as the academic partner for the Advanced Leadership Institute. The Advanced Leadership Institute has a vision to dramatically improve the regional presence of African Americans in executive leadership roles, helping to create a more diverse, inclusive and prosperous community. Learn more about the mission of The Advanced Leadership Institute

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Carnegie Mellon welcomes all individuals to participate in and attend Executive Education programs and events, on campus and/or online, as outlined in the university’s Statement of Assurance.

Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to accommodate requests for support for guests, visitors, and alumni with disabilities. To discuss your individual or group accommodation requests, please contact Carnegie Mellon's Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance of your program start date.

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or exec-director@andrew.cmu.edu to learn more.