Professional Development

2019-2020 Educational Course Offerings


The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is designed to nurture visionary and transformational leaders of color in the media and communications industry. With more than 500 graduates, this competitive executive education program takes place over the course of seven months, and comprises two visits to the historic Darden grounds and two visits to a newly-renovated site in the Washington D.C. area. 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 7-11, 2019 – Charlottesville, VA
December 10-13, 2019 – Rosslyn, VA
February 18-21, 2020 – Rosslyn, VA
May 4-8, 2020 – Charlottesville, VA

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: $24,000, includes tuition, executive coaching and materials.

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The NAMIC Leadership Seminar is a 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:

  • July 20-24, 2020 Deadline: June 26
  • September 14-18, 2020
  • October 26-30, 2020

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: $4,200.

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What 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.

Participants should create or update their profiles at least two months prior to the beginning of each mentoring cycle, although pairing mentors and mentees happens throughout the year, as mentors become available.

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

Fee: FREE to all NAMIC members

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