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Empowering Black Leaders

Black Executive Leadership Program

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Best For

High-potential Black & DEI committed professionals ready to advance in corporate leadership


4 Months


Build lifelong connections with a cohort of fellows and sponsors, learning in parallel through virtual sessions and collaboratively in-person

Virtual & Live


Fellows: $8,995 

Sponsors: $4,995

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Advancing Equitable Representation

Changing the Face of Financial Services

The Black Executive Leadership Program was named a finalist for Industry Disruptor at the 2022 WealthManagement.com Wealthies Awards. Hear the impact this industry-disrupting program has had on aspiring Black leaders and their organization's sponsors.

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Program at a Glance

Ideal Participants

The Black Executive Leadership Program features two tracks:

  • Fellow Track – For high-potential Black & DEI committed business leaders in a middle-management position.
  • Sponsor Track – For senior-level leaders interested in advancing the cause of Black & DEI committed leadership in financial services.
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Tuition & Scholarships

  • Fellows: $8,995
  • Sponsors: $4,995 
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What You'll Learn

Through an authentic and culturally sensitive lens, the program seeks to:

  • Facilitate lifelong connections and learning through 1:1 peer interaction for maximum impact
  • Go beyond narrow definitions of leadership to explore applied technical skills directly relevant to financial services
  • Deliver innovative training opportunities for executive sponsors committed to identifying, developing, and advocating for diverse talent
  • Cultivate a pipeline that will prepare up-and-coming Black and DEI committed professionals to move into senior and executive leadership
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Why Choose the Program?

Increasing equitable representation and advancing Black and DEI committed financial professionals to the highest levels of organizations requires access to new avenues to grow in knowledge and skill.

  • Connect with peers and leaders to develop your Executive IQ
  • Build proficiencies and relationships within your company
  • Strengthen firm culture through leadership development
  • Advance your career by learning to drive results
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Industry Disruption is Needed


Of Black financial professionals feel there are challenges that specifically affect their success.1


Of Black professionals don't have access to senior leaders.2


Of Black professionals say they are very ambitious in their careers. 2

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The Program is Right for You If:

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You Aspire to Lead a Culture of Change


The Black Executive Leadership Program is infused with cultural relevance and customized to prepare the next generation of Black & DEI committed leaders in financial services.

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You Want to Learn What's Outside a Handbook


The Black Executive Leadership Program embraces learning with and from Black academics, researchers, and industry leaders, allowing rising Black & DEI committed leaders to learn from the experiences of others who have come before.

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You Need to Sharpen Technical and Soft Skills

Built to Be Comprehensive

The program features a curriculum that examines both the expertise and personal skills needed to reach the highest ranks of financial services.

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Inside the Program


This Pillar covers:
  • Cultural Competency
  • Emotional Intelligence


This Pillar covers:
  • Business Acumen
  • Networking


This Pillar covers:
  • Managing People at Work
  • Business Strategy


This Pillar covers:
  • Decision-making
  • Negotiations
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This has helped me construct a roadmap to success and shift the paradigm on organizational relevance ... delivered by seasoned professionals who have traveled the path I am currently on.

Marco R. Williams

Fellow and VP, Regional Wealth Management Specialist, JP Morgan Wealth Management

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I think what makes the program unique, it's culturally relevant - I don’t think there is another program on the market like this.

Kim Thomas

Sponsor and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, OneAmerica

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This is the first time I felt a sense of belonging…

Claude Walker

Fellow and 2nd Vice President, Transformation Planning Leader, Guardian Life



1 The American College of Financial Services and Nationwide Insurance Company. Rise Research Study. September 2020.

2 Coqual. Being Black in Corporate America. 2019.