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January 25, 2019

Executive Leadership Academy at CMU Welcomes Inaugural Cohort Participants

The Executive Leadership Academy, a signature program of The Advanced Leadership Initiative and in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, is pleased to announce its inaugural cohort, starting January 25, 2019. The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a new regional initiative whose mission is to address corporate diversity by investing in African American executive talent. Carnegie Mellon serves as The Advanced Leadership Initiative’s Academic Partner for the Executive Leadership Academy, an eight-month executive education program designed to provide 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.

The inaugural class includes:

Tynina Adams-Lucas, Director of Procurement, Gateway Health

Jessica Brooks, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Angela Campbell, Executive Director, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Carnegie Mellon   University

Dina Clark, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Covestro

Alexis Clipper, Director, Pharmacy Operations, UPMC Health Plan

Latika Davis-Jones, Assistant Deputy Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Marlon Ferguson, Executive Director, Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard

Eric Holmes, Commander and Chief of Staff, Pittsburgh Police

Patricia Howard, Senior Vice President, Health Plan Operations, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Nichelle Hughley, Vice President, Retail Lending Strategy and Planning, PNC

Lance Hyde, Diversity Manager, EQT

Robert James, Supplier Diversity Program Director, Highmark Health

Steffanie Jasper, Senior Vice President and Program Manager, Technology and Innovation, PNC

Mashekia Jones-Slack, Vice President, Quality & Safety, Allegheny Health Network

Taafoi Kamara, Administrative Director, UPMC Aging Institute

Robert Littles, Director, Project Nuclear Engineering Services, Rolls-Royce

Kelly McCormick, Director, Enterprise HR, Giant Eagle

Tracie McCormick, Global Treasury Manager, Koppers

George Robinson, Manager of Supplier Diversity, UPMC

Regina Scott, Vice President of Programs and Services, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Martin Shephard, Land Director, EQT

Michael Thomas, Executive Vice President, Debt Capital Markets, PNC

Pamela Jenee Wilbon, Chief Program Director, Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.

Vann Williams, Senior Manager, IT Service Desk, Wabtec

“These 24 individuals represent the future of African Americans in executive suites and boardrooms,” says Evan Frazier, Founding Director of The Advanced Leadership Initiative and Senior VP of Community Affairs at Highmark Health. “Today represents the fulfillment of an initial vision to build a world-class executive education program that will advance African American executive leadership in the Pittsburgh Region.  Our hope is to create ladders of opportunities for cohort members as they seek to make a positive impact in their chosen fields,” Frazier continued.

"This unique program's three-pronged approach that encompasses academic excellence, one-on-one coaching and mentorship will change the Pittsburgh region," Robert Dammon, Dean of the Tepper School, noted at the inaugural cohort's launch event. 

Selected from a pool of nearly 60, these professionals will be the first to take advantage of an opportunity that pairs African American executives with experienced executive coaches, executive mentors, and word-class academic instruction from the Tepper School of Business.

Distinguished author Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D, will challenge cohort participants with a keynote address during the opening reception. Dr. Kimbro is a best-selling author, master trainer, and professor at Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration. His message of strategic achievement is expected to invigorate and motivate Executive Leadership Academy participants.  

The Advanced Leadership Initiative supporters include Lead Contributors – The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Hillman Foundation; Presenting Sponsors – EQT Foundation, Highmark Health, PNC, and UPMC; and Gold Sponsors – Giant Eagle Foundation, Koppers and Covestro; plus, a number of other corporate and foundation supporters. The POISE Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor for The Advanced Leadership Initiative.