Creating minority leaders

Although comprising nearly 30% of the US population, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans make up only 3% of senior leaders in corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurial ventures. Despite having broader preparation, access and financial support for the best colleges and graduate schools, these minorities continue to fall out of the leadership pipeline at alarming rates. As an answer to this reality, John Rice created the Management Leadership for Tomorrow: the premier career development institution that equips high potential African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans with the key ingredients—skills, coaching and door-opening relationships—that unlock their potential. By cracking the code on career potential, MLT is developing the next generation of minority leaders for the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, who, in turn, could transform their communities. It delivers programming that puts minorities on a fast track to success at every stage of their careers – from College to MBA’s and the Executive levels. MLT’s innovative solution has also resulted in strategic partnerships with leading philanthropies such as New Profit, Inc. and The Starr Foundation.  MLT has been featured on the cover of Fortune and in CNN’s “Black in America 2: Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

According to Rice, it takes more than classroom education to create leaders. It takes hard and soft skills.  It takes early exposure to high-impact career opportunities. It takes an understanding of the path to the senior levels; and it takes inspiring leaders and mentors. Many organizations focus on providing minorities with access to educational opportunities and preparation for academic success.  MLT aims to deliver key skills that are not taught in any classroom and that are critical to fulfilling one’s potential. Virtually every leader would say that they would not be where they are today without some or all of those key traits, yet these essential skills are not taught in even the best classrooms; instead they are delivered through informal channels to which minorities have limited access.

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