Carnegie Mellon University

Executive Leadership Academy 

Preparing African American Leaders for Executive Advancement

January to July 2023 | 6 TEUs | $12,000

Sessions will be held in-person on Fridays and Saturdays, meeting once per month for the duration of the program.

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 Institute and Carnegie Mellon Executive Education present the Executive Leadership Academy as a solution. This 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.

Scholarships are available for candidates in the nonprofit and public sector.

Program Overview

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 four critical pillars:

  • World-class academic instruction in strategic management
  • Executive coaching
  • Professional sponsorship
  • Supportive network of peers

Through more than 100 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.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 100+ hours of instruction from renowned academic and industry experts.
  • Integrated sponsorship program pairs each participant with an industry-aligned sponsor for collaboration throughout the academy.
  • Executive coaches individualize the content, ensuring immediate application.
  • Personal growth in confidence and ability, with direct impact on leadership effectiveness.

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 persons 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.

Carnegie Mellon does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, gender, or other beliefs in admission to its programs.

Program Topics

Objectives & Expectations

  • Leadership Perspectives and Diversity
  • Identifying Personal Strengths and Values

Expanding Your Influence & Sponsors

  • Building Networks of Influence and Professional Sponsorship
  • Defining Your Leadership Identity

Creating Operational Impact

  • Operational Leadership
  • Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Thriving In Your Organization

  • Financial Decision-Making
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Resilience Training

Strategic Leadership

  • Change Management
  • Negotiations
  • Managing Conflict

Leading High Performing Teams

  • Managing People and Teams
  • Refining and Expressing Your Authentic Self


  • Leadership Next Steps
  • Program Synthesis

Earn the Carnegie Mellon Certificate in Executive Leadership

Participate in three executive education open enrollment programs in five years to earn Carnegie Mellon’s highest certificate designation for executive education.


"...There’s no other program in the city of Pittsburgh that’s going to prepare you better."

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

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or to learn more.

Executive Leadership Academy Presenting Sponsors

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