TALI Leadership Development

The National Executive Leadership Academy addresses the distinct challenges faced by Black leaders from across the country.

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Who should apply?

Senior-level managers and executives from across the country with at least 10 years of work experience in large or national corporate, nonprofit, government or entrepreneurial sectors with business functions in any US market are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership and a desire to achieve professional excellence.

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When is the Academy?

August - December 2023

There will be two, one week in-person sessions (August 14-18 and December 4-8), and 5 online sessions September through November.

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Where is this located?

Hybrid | 3 months online and two, one week in-person sessions at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

The in-person sessions will be held from Monday evening to Friday afternoon, and take place in Pittsburgh, PA on the CMU campus. Participants will receive nearby hotel accommodations. Online sessions will generally occur twice a month. Each online session will last from 11 am to 2 pm (EST) with optional office hours to follow.

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How much does it cost?

$20,000 (includes lodging for in-person sessions)
Scholarships are available for candidates from the nonprofit and public sectors.

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Academic Instruction

In-person and online instruction from renowned academic and industry experts.

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Executive Coaching

Professional coaches individualize the content, ensuring immediate application.

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Mentor Identification Support

The Academy assists participants with the process of identifying an industry-aligned mentor.

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Alumni Engagement

Ongoing support and connection for continued personal and professional growth through the development of a peer network.

About the academy

What differentiates this Academy?


Addressing comprehensive leadership development with a particular emphasis on the unique challenges faced by Black professionals, the National Executive Leadership Academy features integrated development across four critical pillars.

Select Course Topics


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Defining Your Leadership Brand

Define your brand and develop personal strategies to effectively convey who you are and the differentiated professional value you deliver while sustaining momentum in your career.

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Resilience for Executives of Color

Recognize and address your needs while adopting
strategies to put your focus and energy towards the
greatest gains; optimize your leadership performance

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Asset Framing

Learn how to define people based on their abilities
and aspirations before addressing challenges and
deficits.

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Strategic Innovation & Leadership

Learn techniques for identifying opportunities,
translating vision into strategic planning and execution

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Global Management & Strategy

Gain insight into understanding global economic
and cultural trends to develop best practices for
managing global teams.

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Building Networks of Influence

Learn how to identify and navigate networks to better understand how they influence performance,
promotions and decision-making.

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Leadership Next Steps

Participants receive a Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business certificate, and join the
distinguished TALI alumni network.

Lara Washington, Board Chair

The Advanced Leadership Institute

In five short years, TALI has demonstrated a successful model of how to increase corporate diversity at the executive level. Through the national expansion of the Executive Leadership Academy, we can leverage our regional best practices to broaden our impact. 

Dedicated Partners Make This Possible

National Executive Leadership Academy Presenting Sponsors


Giant Eagle
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UPMC