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2015 Educational Course Offerings


Program InformationThe Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is designed to nurture visionary and transformational leaders of color in the media and communications industry. With more than 400 graduates, this competitive executive education program takes place over the course of seven months, and comprises four visits to the historic Darden grounds. Open to mid- to senior-level executives of color, ELDP explores the intersection of business-critical leadership competencies and cultural identity. The program is designed to help solve some of the industry's most persistent challenges: increasing the diversity of the industry's executive suites; retention of executives of color; and maximizing the ROI of a diverse workforce in a business environment that demands strategic leadership agility and creative innovation.

  • A deepened understanding of the changing strategic and market context in the communications industry in an increasingly global and competitive context;
  • An enterprise-wide perspective anchored in the overall business and the interconnections of the functional business areas such as financial management, marketing and strategic talent alignment;
  • Enhanced capacities to convert business strategy into action;
  • A learning mindset that drives innovation;
  • Business and strategic insight from leading industry and non-industry professionals; and,
  • Competencies to grow and sustain high-performing teams, across organizational, cultural, and ideological spectra.

Location: University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, VA (NAMIC's University Partner)

October 13-16, 2015
December 9-11, 2015
February 2016
April 2016

Target Audience: Directors (minimum of two years at that level), Senior Directors, Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Executive Vice Presidents, General Managers, and other mid- to upper-level executives of color; all applicants must complete necessary application and supporting documentation.

Fee: $21,800, includes tuition, executive coaching and materials


Program InformationThe NAMIC Leadership Seminar is a three-day professional development program created specifically to cultivate and transform eligible high-potential professionals in the communications industry pipeline, regardless of race or ethnicity, into more effective leaders. The highly interactive instructional methodology sets the stage for participants to obtain the knowledge, competencies, and diverse perspectives necessary for maximum performance and career enhancement. The program integrates theoretical knowledge with participants' own experiences to generate powerful insights about leadership and individual advancement. Drawing upon the most respected academic research and business case studies, The NAMIC Leadership Seminar is open to all professionals whose leadership is critical in organizations where a high premium is placed on Diversity and Inclusion as a strategic business imperative.

Dates & Locations:
April 8-10, 2015: Atlanta, GA
July 29-31, 2015: Chicago, IL
November 4-6, 2015: Los Angeles, CA

Target Audience:
Managers, Supervisor, Coordinator, New Directors (less than 2 years) of all ethnicities who are motivated to succeed and aspiring to higher positions with increasing visibility and responsibility.

Fee: $3,750, includes meals (with the exception of dinners), tuition and workshop materials.


Program InformationThe Maximizing 21st Century Multi-cultural Teams workshop was created for all managers and leaders in the communications industry, regardless of cultural and ethnic background, who have the responsibility for delivering quality business results through unleashing the creative problem solving of multi-cultural teams. The ability to maximize the output of any team — especially one that is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds, problem solving styles, and cultural contexts — rests heavily on the quality of the team leadership.  Getting a group of individuals to move in a systematic, unifying manner towards a common goal becomes even more complex in a culturally diverse environment where norms, values, expectations, traditions, and priorities of team members coming from different world views may seem out of sync, foreign, and even threatening.  In this two-day course, participants learn how to foster and nurture a team environment where all contributors are valued for their unique inputs, and how companies in the communications industry can leverage the benefits of this invaluable synergy.

Dates & Locations: TBA

Target Audience: All professionals with team leadership responsibility and those who want to strengthen their own contributions as members of multi-cultural teams.

Fee: TBA, includes tuition, meals (with the exception of dinners) and workshop materials


Program InformationWhat types of questions should one be considering on their career journey? How can work knowledge be boosted with interpersonal skills to get to the next career level? The L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program was created to help NAMIC's members achieve career success in a constantly changing, complex communications industry work environment. Program participants are matched (mentees) with seasoned industry executives (mentors) who, through guidance, advocacy, sponsorship, and friendship, can assist them with enhancing on-the-job effectiveness and career strategies to attain future professional and personal goals.

2015 Application Deadlines:
January Cycle: Must apply by November 30, 2014
June Cycle: Must apply by April 15, 2015
September Cycle: Must apply by July 1, 2015

Target Audience: Junior to more senior-level professionals as mentees; mentors need to contact NAMIC directly to participate

Fee: Free to all NAMIC members

More Information?

Contact Jim Jones, Vice President of Education Programs and Diversity Solutions

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