The Advanced Leadership Institute Announces the Second Cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program

Isabella Moreland

The Advanced Leadership Institute (TALI) is pleased to announce an impressive roster of professional Black talent for its second year of the Emerging Leaders Program. The program is delivered through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business and in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University, and Duquesne University. It is designed to reach high-potential Black professionals seeking to advance their careers as strong individual contributors and early managers. The Emerging Leaders Program compliments TALI’s flagship program, the Executive Leadership Academy—launched in 2019.


“As TALI enters the 2022-2023 programming year, we are excited to usher in a new Emerging Leaders Program cohort full of talented Black leaders. In 2021, we launched the program in hopes of building a strong network of rising Black professionals,” says Evan Frazier, President and CEO of The Advanced Leadership Institute. “With the new Emerging Leaders cohort, TALI continues to drive towards its mission and vision by helping our region become a more diverse, inclusive, and prosperous community.”


“We are proud to be able to deliver another year of the Emerging Leaders Program through our continued partnership with TALI. Through the program, we have the distinct pleasure of providing the region’s rising Black leaders with a world-class executive education. We congratulate the fine individuals who have been accepted into this year’s Emerging Leaders Program and hope this experience positively impacts their professional and personal development,” says Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean, Richard P. Simmons Professor of Finance, Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business.


The Emerging Leaders Program promotes diverse talent at earlier career stages by preparing and positioning Black professionals for higher levels of leadership responsibility. Candidates selected for the Emerging Leaders Programs include individuals with a minimum of three to five years of professional work experience in the corporate, nonprofit, government, or entrepreneurial sectors and who are seeking to grow in leadership. The program will run from October 2022 through April 2023. Participants will sharpen the hard and soft skills necessary for effective leadership within the context of the rising Black professional. They will also master topics such as executive presence and managerial effectiveness, organizational culture, negotiation strategy, mentorship, feedback, and building successful teams – all while addressing relevant potential roadblocks and how to surmount them. Most importantly, The Emerging Leaders Program also helps each participant develop a sense of community and belonging, which gives them an incentive to remain in the region.


Congratulations to the 26 selected participants for the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program Cohort:


Darla Brown- Manager, Patient Experience, Allegheny Health Network

Quinten Brown- Executive Administrator, Carnegie Mellon University, Office of the Provost

Ebonie Chestnut- Financial Analyst, Wabtec Corporation

Arthur Chileshe- Distribution Engineering Manager, Duquesne Light

John Cunningham- Internal Business System Consultant, Highmark Health

Courtney Davenport- Senior Analyst / Community Impact Program Administrator, BNY Mellon

LaNee Davis- Procurement Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh

Denise Hughes- Senior Manager, Public Relations, UPMC

Miguelina Javier- SR Analyst- International Support, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Sharlene Lewis- Process Chemistry Expert, Covestro LLC

Juanita Lomax- Enterprise Change Delivery, Readiness and Change Consultant, Highmark Inc.

Tami Mack- Assistant General Counsel – Innovation and Business Development, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Derrick L. Maultsby Jr., Esq.- Associate Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Jordon McMichael- Branch and Business Center Manager, PNC

Ariel Meadows- Credit Analyst, Bridgeway Capital

BreAnne Middleton- Human Resources Business Partner II, Giant Eagle

Babatunde (Tunde) Ogunjobi- Lead Geoscientist, CNX Resources

Oluwaropo (Abbey) Omodunbi- Senior Economist, PNC Financial Services

Audia Robinson- Operational Support Analyst, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh

LaToya Sawyer-Ndizeye- Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Veronique Scullion- Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Shana Shields- User Experience Designer, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Monique Smith- Faculty Affairs Manager, The University of Pittsburgh

Ashten Walker- Executive Store Leader, Giant Eagle

LaNita Whittle- Manager, Aerospace Project Management Office, PPG

Eria Young- Accounting and Administrative Manager, Koppers