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On September 30, 2014, NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) launched Class XIV of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).  ELDP Class XIV is the third cadre being presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The program’s central goal is to prepare mid to senior level executives of color to assume roles within the top leadership and decision-making ranks of the communications industry. ELDP Class XIV comprises four sessions held on the Darden Grounds, with upcoming sessions scheduled for December of 2014, and February and April of 2015.

“NAMIC is honored to continue collaborating with Darden, our academic partner, and with all of the companies that support ELDP,” said James C. Jones, NAMIC’s vice president, Education Programs and Diversity Solutions. “Our shared goal of achieving diversity at the top echelons of the cable telecommunications industry can be realized by cultivating leaders through programs such as ELDP that have as a central context the unique lens of executives of color, as they strengthen the business competencies that all senior managers must master in order to deliver breakthrough results.”

The Executive Leadership Development Program has graduated close to 500 executives of color since the program’s inception in 2001. NAMIC’s ELDP was created in response to 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. Emphasizing professional growth, the program addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color, while strengthening the business competencies that all executives must have in order to be successful. The ELDP curriculum explores a range of topics, including corporate strategy, financial and business acumen, customer orientation and innovation, and change leadership that fosters and sustains high-performing, high-engagement corporate culture.

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