CULTURALLY RELEVANT. CRAFTED FOR COLLABORATION. CUSTOMIZED FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES.
As more companies commit to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, glaring disparities in career growth remain. While Black professionals are landing entry-level positions at financial services organizations, their presence drops steadily with each rung on the corporate ladder.
The American College of Financial Services’ Black Executive Leadership Program cultivates a space for high-potential middle-management Black leaders to learn and grow alongside senior leaders and sponsors committed to championing their success and advancing corporate diversity.
of Black financial professionals feel there are challenges that specifically affect their success.1
of Black professionals have access to senior leaders.2
A Unique, Tailored Approach to Empower Black Leaders
The Black Executive Leadership Program, built and offered within the American College Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality, has been infused with cultural relevance and industry customization to prepare the next generation of Black leaders in financial services.
The program embraces an environment of learning with and from Black academics, researchers, and industry leaders with a curriculum that examines both the expertise and personal skills needed to reach the highest ranks of financial services.
See information on the next cohort below. Download the program brochure to share with your professional networks.
March 2023 – June 2023
8 Course Modules
A Mix of Virtual and Live Sessions
Online and In-Person
High-potential Black business leaders in middle-management positions
Senior-level leaders interested in advancing the cause of Black leadership in financial services
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 professionals to move into senior and executive leadership roles
Why Choose Our Program?
Increasing equitable representation and advancing Black 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
Hear the impact this industry-disrupting program has had on aspiring Black leaders and their organization's sponsors.
What Participants are Saying...
"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
"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
"This is the first time I felt a sense of belonging…"
— Claude Walker, Fellow and 2nd Vice President, Transformation Planning Leader, Guardian Life
For more information or to nominate a deserving professional, please fill out the form.
1 The American College of Financial Services and Nationwide Insurance Company. Rise Research Study. September 2020. 2 Coqual. Being Black in Corporate America. 2019.
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