Executive Leadership Academy: Preparing African-American Leaders for Executive Advancement

Tepper School of Business

Tepper School of Business


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Who should attend

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.

About the course

Sessions will be held on Fridays and some Saturdays. Sessions may include self-paced learning, webinars, in-person simulations and group activities, and digital and in-person networking events.

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.

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 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

Key Takeaways

  • Seven, two-day modules totaling 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.

Program Schedule

Module 1- Objectives & Expectations

  • Leadership Perspectives and Diversity
  • Identifying Personal Strengths and Values

Module 2 - Expanding Your Influence & Sponsors

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

Module 3 - Creating Operational Impact

  • Operational Leadership
  • Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Module 4 - Thriving In Your Organization

  • Financial Decision-making
  • Ethical Leadership

Module 4 - Thriving In Your Organization

  • Financial Decision-Making
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Resilience Training

Module 5 - Strategic Leadership

  • Change Management
  • Negotiations
  • Managing Conflict

Module 6 - Leading High Performing Teams

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

Module 7 - Graduation

  • Leadership Next Steps
  • Program Synthesis


Leanne Meyer

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Martin Davidson

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Rosalind Chow

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Sunder Kekre

PHONE 412-268-3586 OFFICE POS - Posner Hall - Room 385C AREA OF EXPERTISE Operations Management EDUCATION University of Rochester - Ph D - 1984 University of Rochester - MS - 1983 Xavier University - BA - 1977 Indian Institute of Technology - BA - 1972 USEFUL LINKS Full Vita BIOGRAPHY S...

Pierre Jinghong Liang

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Robert Monroe

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Anita Williams Woolley

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Brian Lowery

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Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

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Walter Fluker

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