Executive Leadership Academy
Preparing African-American Leaders for Executive Advancement
Successful, forward-looking organizations understand the competitive advantage gained by cultivating diverse and inclusive leadership teams. Prosperous communities recognize the important contributions to be made by minority civic leaders. Yet, African-Americans are disproportionately underrepresented in these roles in Pittsburgh-area corporate and nonprofit positions.
The Advanced Leadership Initiative and Carnegie Mellon Executive Education present the Executive Leadership Academy as a solution. This eight-module advanced development program provides the tools, exposure and training necessary to increase the visibility and success of high-performing African-Americans so that they can contribute to their organizations — and our community — at the highest levels.
Learn more about the Executive Leadership Academy
Addressing the 360-degree development of our participants, with a particular emphasis on the unique challenges faced by African-American professionals, the Executive Leadership Academy will feature integrated development across three critical pillars:
- World-class academic instruction in strategic management
- Executive coaching
- Professional sponsorship
Through more than 120 hours of instruction from top-tier business school faculty and industry experts, participants sharpen key, immediately-applicable management skills and develop tools to maximize their potential. Through one-on-one sessions with executive coaches, these abilities are translated to practical implementation, tailored for each participant’s unique personal and organizational needs. And through the guidance of individually-matched professional sponsors, who work with each participant both in and outside of the classroom, the foundation of a lasting cycle of irreplaceable mentorship is built.
Who should apply?
Are you an African-American executive or leader aspiring to greater visibility and success? The Executive Leadership Academy is designed to help you define and reach your goals.
African-American men and women with at least 10 years of work experience in corporate, nonprofit, government or entrepreneurial sectors of our community are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be based in the greater Pittsburgh region and have demonstrated leadership and a desire to achieve professional excellence.
Objectives & Expectations
- Leadership Perspectives and Diversity
- Defining Your Leadership Identity
Strategic Leadership & Sponsors
- Strategic Leadership: Creating Impact in Your Organization
- Identifying Personal Strengths and Values
Creating Operational Impact
- Operational Leadership
- Creating an Inclusive Workplace, Resilience Training
Thriving In Your Organization
- Financial Decision-making
- Ethical Leadership
Negotiating Quantitative Decisions
- Creating Impact with Data: Finance and Analytics
- Managing Interracial Interactions
Expanding Your Influence
- Building Networks of Influence
- Governance and Civic Leadership
Leading High Performing Teams
- Leading Diverse Teams
- Refining and Expressing your Authentic Leadership Self
Presentations & Graduation
- Leadership Next Steps
About the Advanced Leadership Initiative
Carnegie Mellon Executive Education is pleased to serve as the academic partner for the Advanced Leadership Initiative. The Advanced Leadership Initiative 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 Initiative.