Carnegie Mellon University

Executive Leadership Academy 

Preparing African-American Leaders for Executive Advancement

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Date: January through July 2021 (seven, two-day modules)

Location: Carnegie Mellon University

Fee: $10,000

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 seven-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.

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

Learn more about the Executive Leadership Academy

Program Overview
Who Should Apply?
Program Schedule

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 three critical pillars:

  • World-class academic instruction in strategic management
  • Executive coaching
  • Professional sponsorship

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.

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 Schedule

Module 1

Objectives & Expectations

January 2021

  • Leadership Perspectives and Diversity
  • Identifying Personal Strengths and Values

Module 2

Expanding Your Influence and Sponsors

February 2021

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

Module 3

Creating Operational Impact

March 2021

  • Operational Leadership
  • Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Module 4

Thriving In Your Organization

April 2021

  • Financial Decision-Making
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Resilience Training

Module 5

Strategic Leadership

May 2021

  • Change Management
  • Negotiations
  • Managing Conflict

Module 6

Leading High Performing Teams

June 2021

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

Module 7


July 2021

  • Leadership Next Steps
  • Program Synthesis

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

Executive Leadership Academy Presenting Sponsors

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