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The Black Executive Leadership Accelerator is designed for professionals from African American and underrepresented communities to develop critical leadership skills, navigate accelerating change in the business ecosystem, and strengthen their impact. Throughout the virtual program, participants will reflect upon and share insight regarding the experiences, opportunities, and challenges that they have faced as Black leaders. Combining both UC Berkeley’s world-renowned faculty, Urban League of Greater San Francisco Bay Area's commitment to connect and advance African American and other underrepresented communities, and the real-world expertise of business practitioners sharing their own personal journeys - the program culminates with a curriculum focused on accelerating career growth, business impact, economic development, and network expansion among emerging Black leaders and those interested in their advancement.

Key Takeaways

Advance Your Leadership Skills

Acquire research-based techniques to develop your unique leadership style, effectively navigate challenging conversations, and prepare for potential situations where you can leverage your leadership.

Broaden Your Personal Impact

Learn modern business trends on leadership, strategy, and innovation that will enable you to drive change within your organization and beyond.

Establish a Strong Professional Network

Connect with other minority professionals in diverse industries and expand your professional network.

Learning Journey

The Black Executive Leadership Accelerator learning journey includes three main immersions: Leading Self, Leading Teams, and Leading the Business. Within these three immersions, the learning journey is segmented further into the below components.

Pre-Program Orientation 

Begin your journey with a session designed to engage and connect leaders through sharing of personal goals, while gaining insight into the overall learning journey and desired outcomes.

Live Virtual Faculty Sessions 

Strengthen your skills as an agile, authentic leader, able to lead through others, navigate ambiguity and complexity, set and achieve priorities with confidence. Led by Berkeley Haas faculty through an immersive virtual learning experience.

Practitioners Workshops 

Through its vast network, Urban League of Greater San Francisco Bay Area has gathered incredible leaders and mentors of color, to share their own personal leadership journeys and lessons, to help accelerate yours.

Peer Collaboration & Networking

One of the most important components of this learning journey is you. Among the most powerful and lasting learnings will be from the sharing of experiences and insight among peers. Engage fully, share openly, and the group will form strong bonds that extend long beyond the program. 

Who it's for

  • Black leaders seeking to advance to higher levels of responsibility by strengthening today's most critical leadership skills during times of accelerating change
  • Leaders seeking to drive change and model and advance inclusive leadership within their organizations  
  • Mid-tier leaders committed to strengthening their individual impact while advancing the collective impact of Black leaders in business

Format & Structure


Virtual program
Three Months (11 weeks)
  • Live virtual sessions held weekly (5:00-7:00 pm PT)
  • Practitioner workshops 
  • An immersive learning experience, combining experiential learning activities and collaboration with faculty and practitioners to provide immediately actionable tools and strategies to apply in your own work
  • Participatory, active program design, with an emphasis on small group exercises and conversations, and peer coaching with classmates
  • Networking and community elements, designed to build and sustain connections and impact, well beyond the program 

Dates & Costs


No available dates

Other Ways to Participate

Attend this program with a group of your colleagues.

Attend this program with colleagues to gain greater organizational impact. Groups of five or more receive special rates.

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Customize this program for your organization.

Use this program's curriculum as the foundation of a program based on your company's unique objectives.

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What people are saying

"The Black Executive Leadership course has given me the tools to be my authentic self in any environment. Successful leaders are continuous learners that understand the importance of collaboration and active listening to bridge the gap of equity and inclusion."

Government Program Analyst, CalPERS

"This Black Executive Leadership Accelerator program was perfect timing for me as I needed insight into what direction I want to take my career to next. I stepped into the class eyes, ears, and mind wide open and walked away with my mind blown away from the content shared and knowledge from guest speakers. I now have more confidence in how to approach my next career journey and methods to tackle the challenges that will come as a leader. Thank Berkeley and Urban League of Greater San Francisco Bay Area for providing this opportunity."

Senior Digital Forensics Engineer, Splunk, Inc.

"I enjoyed the program because it allowed me to connect with other like-minded individuals. I did not feel alone in my experiences in the workforce. The program has certainly increased my level of confidence - that I can effectuate change by stepping into the act of being a leader. "Leadership, not as a title or position, but as an action!"

Legal Counsel - Commercials, Splunk, Inc.

"The skills and ways to manage that I've learned has shown me the steps to scale not only my business, but has given me an opportunity to grow."

Founder/CEO, Purple Heart

"Take it, you will learn content that otherwise takes about 7-10 years to learn on your own."

Assistant General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

"One of the most valuable things about this program was actively dedicating 2-4 hours per week to focus on growing as a black leader. That meant proactively making time outside of the weekly meetings to review the content/modules and reflect on what was learned. The other most valuable thing about the program for me was meeting other black leaders that I may not have met otherwise."

Black Executive Leadership Accelerator Participant, Jan - March 2022

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