The Advanced Leadership Institute Announces the 2023 Cohort of the Executive Leadership Academy

Isabella Moreland

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Advanced Leadership Institute (TALI) and Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business are pleased to announce the 2023 cohort of the Executive Leadership Academy. Twenty-six powerful Black leaders have been selected to participate in this seven-month, world-class executive education program that provides leadership development training and addresses the unique experiences Black professionals face in the workplace. As a part of the program, cohort members are also matched with a professional coach and an executive mentor to support them in creating a plan that helps them reach their personal and professional goals.

“As we launch the fifth year of our flagship program, I am excited and honored to see TALI grow with the addition of 26 talented Black executives and senior managers. The 2023 Executive Leadership Academy cohort furthers our mission and vision,” says Evan Frazier, President and CEO, The Advanced Leadership Institute. “I look forward to watching some of Pittsburgh’s top talent develop and hone leadership skills, expand their networks, and gain new perspectives that will prepare them for executive advancement.”

“Over the next seven months, these accomplished leaders will learn transformational strategies to impact their professional and personal development,” said Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean and Richard P. Simmons Professor of Finance, Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. “As TALI’s academic partner, we are excited to continue the work of creating greater equity in our corporations, organizations, and communities through the delivery of this unique programming.”

TALI and Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business will welcome the new cohort at the 2023 Executive Leadership Academy Kick-Off Program and Reception on January 27, 2023. Program participants will be introduced to TALI alumni and constituents and greeted with a keynote address from TALI Executive Leadership Academy 2020 alumna Tracey McCants Lewis, Chief People Officer & General Counsel, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Congratulations to the 26 program participants selected for the 2023 Executive Leadership Academy cohort:
Dr. Julius E. Abia- Internal Audit Manager—Projects, Wabtec Corporation
Joel Acie- Senior DEI Strategy, Governance and Compliance Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Will Carpenter- Regional Security Manager, VP, BNY Mellon
Tricina Cash- Executive Vice President, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
Michael A. Cherry- Vice President of Human Resources, Dollar Bank, FSB
Samantha Custard- Senior Corporate Counsel, Giant Eagle, Inc.
Anthony (Tony) DaBreo- Regional Vice President, Northeast Region, Erie Insurance
Laura C. Duncan, MHA, MHI- Executive Administrator I, Division of Endocrinology and the Chair’s Office for the Department of Medicine, UPMC
Dr. Tinamarie Este-Washington, DNP, RN, PCCN- Director of Nursing, Equity Officer, Allegheny Health Network, Forbes Hospital
Samantha Hartzman- Sr. Manager, ESG & Corporate Giving, Duquesne Light Company
Della Hollins- SVP, Risk and Control Manager, Senior, PNC
Elizabeth L. Hughes- Senior Associate Counsel, UPMC
Russell Ivey- Senior Finance Manager, Architectural Coatings US, PPG
Calvin Jackson- Senior Technical Project Manager, B-Yond
Ardana Jefferson- Executive Director, Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Bobbie Jean Johnson- Senior Vice President / Director, Retail Technology Operations, PNC
Danitra Mason- Controller, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Delvina L. Morrow- Senior Director, Strategic Community Initiatives and DEI, Pittsburgh Penguins
Michelle Porter- Director, One Northside, Buhl Foundation
Angela Reid-James- Director, Workforce Operations, Highmark, Inc
Andrea Robinson- President, ARCLS Corp
M. Shernell Smith- Associate Dean & Executive Director for the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Carnegie Mellon University
Patti Solomon- Sr. Human Resources Business Partner, Giant Eagle, Inc.
Sonya Tilghman- Executive Director, Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.
Wendy Walker-Graham- Director, Quality Assurance and Operational Integrity, UPMC Health Plan
Kellie Ware- Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Allegheny County Bar Association

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