Executive Leadership Development Program

Since the fall of 2012, NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) has been offered in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, a globally celebrated program with a proven track record in the executive education space and expertise in leveraging a world-class, diverse faculty to deliver robust, research-anchored content.


Program Overview

The NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) targets upper-mid level executives of color whose performance and potential point them toward future senior executive positions. The program was created to meet several important goals:

  • Help identify and nurture high-potential executives of color
  • Build and strengthen their skills, preparing them for promotion to more senior positions
  • Provide useful tools to help them meet the unique challenges that confront professionals of color who occupy key leadership roles
  • Assist industry companies’ retention efforts for executives of color

Since the fall of 2012, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been NAMIC’s academic partner for ELDP. Darden consistently ranks in the Top Five global business schools for course design and faculty, elements considered by NAMIC to be of vital importance. Darden was selected as a partner to reimagine executive preparedness and success in an emerging global, digital marketplace, building on the NAMIC program’s decade of proven success since its founding in 2001 at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

ELDP is unique in its focus on both men and women of color, and its research-anchored exploration of the intersection of business-critical leadership competencies with cultural identity. The program is designed to help solve some of the industry’s most persistent diversity challenges: increasing the diversity of the industry’s executive suites; retention of executives of color; and maximizing the ROI of a diverse workforce within the business environment that demands strategic leadership agility and creative innovation.

The curriculum has been shaped to consider the unique challenges faced by executives of color throughout their careers, and delves into the critical performance competencies that any successful executive in the industry must master. During four visits to Darden, spanning a seven-month program arc, ELDP class members will explore topics required for strategic agility and sustainable success in the ever-changing, dynamic telecommunications industry: marketing and financial analysis; corporate strategy; operations management; communication strategies; change management; achieving optimal business results from multicultural teams; and leading innovation.

The core objectives of the Executive Leadership Development Program at Darden are as follows:

  • Deepen understanding of the changing strategic and market context in the telecommunications industry in an increasingly global and competitive environment;
  • Develop an enterprise-wide perspective anchored in the overall business and the inter-connections of the functional business areas such as financial management, marketing and strategic talent alignment;
  • Enhance participants’ capacities to convert strategy into action;
  • Cultivate a learning mindset that drives innovation;
  • Introduce the competencies needed to grow and sustain high-performing diverse teams that span organizational, cultural, and ideological spectra;
  • Nurture visionary and transformational leaders.

Finally, with the help of leading-edge assessment tools supported by certified professional interpretation and coaching, participants will spend time in guided examination of their strengths and development opportunities, how to leverage emotional intelligence, and the unique rapport that executives of color have with power- acquiring it; using it wisely; and comprehending it in all its cultural and organizational complexity.

Nomination Information


The ideal candidate for NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) fits the following profile:

  • A minimum of two years at the director level, and above
  • A superior performer
  • On track for promotion or identified in the company’s formal/informal succession plan
  • Aspiring to a senior-level executive position within the industry
  • Endorsed by senior management for participation in the ELDP

Dates for all program sessions are as follows:

  • October 7-11, 2019 – Charlottesville, VA
  • December 10-13, 2019 – Rosslyn, VA
  • February 18-21, 2020 – Rosslyn, VA
  • May 4-8, 2020 – Charlottesville, VA

2019-2020 NAMIC ELDP CLASS XIX Nomination

Download the 2019-2020 Nomination Form Here


Nominations must be submitted by August 16, 2019

Fellowship Information

Once again, NAMIC is pleased to announce an exciting fellowship opportunity for an eligible executive of color to participate in the 2019-2020 Class XIX of NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).

The fellowship is generously offered by the Walter Kaitz Foundation, and will cover 90% ($21,600) of tuition, program materials, travel, lodging and meals.

2019-2020 NAMIC ELDP CLASS XIX Fellowship Nomination

Download the 2019-2020 Fellowship Nomination Form Here

Nominations must be submitted by August 16, 2019



Tuition for the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program is $24,000 per participant covering books, materials, and meals. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the participants’ sponsoring companies.

All 2019-2020 Nomination Forms can be sent directly to jim.jones@namic.com or mailed to:

Executive Leadership Development Program
50 Broad Street, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10004
Attention: Jim Jones

A confidential NAMIC committee will review all nominations. Sponsors of those selected to participate in ELDP Class XIX will be notified on August 30, 2019.