NAMIC Announces Call for Nominations

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The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) is now accepting nominations for its 2017-2018 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Class XVII, presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Targeting upper middle managers of color (directors with a minimum of two years at that level and above), ELDP Class XVII will be presented over seven months, comprising four sessions that will take place in October and December of 2017, and February and May of 2018. The October, December, and May sessions will take place on the Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia. The February session will take place at the Darden site in Washington, DC.  The deadline for submitting nominations for ELDP Class XVII is July 28, 2017.

ELDP, by which the program is known, 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 an increasingly global and competitive business environment. Emphasizing professional growth, the program addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color, while strengthening the competencies that all executives must have in order to be successful. The ELDP curriculum explores a range of business-critical topics such as strategy, finance, marketing, innovation, and leadership agility, presented as integrated components of a holistic learning experience.

“ELDP has emerged as one of the most respected curricula designed to prepare multicultural professionals to advance in the always evolving media and entertainment industry,” said James C. Jones, NAMIC’s SVP of Education and Diversity Solutions. “With on-going support and partnership from the media and entertainment industry, these dynamic professionals will be guiding the shifts, challenges, and pivots of our business.”

In support of NAMIC’s ongoing effort to extend the reach of ELDP, the Walter Kaitz Foundation has provided a fellowship for an eligible executive of color to participate in ELDP Class XVII. The fellowship will cover all expenses related to attending the program, including tuition, course materials, lodging, meals, and transportation. Candidates must be nominated by small industry MSO’s and programmers that, because of revenue limitations and comparatively a small footprint, do not possess the financial wherewithal to send talented executives through ELDP. The deadline for submitting fellowship nominations is also July 28, 2017.

Complete eligibility information and nomination criteria for the Executive Leadership Development Program can be accessed by visiting