A Unique and Deliberate Approach
to Corporate Diversity in Pittsburgh

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Our Purpose

The Advanced Leadership Initiative (TALI) launched in 2018 with a vision to dramatically improve the regional presence of African Americans in executive leadership roles thus helping to create a more diverse, inclusive and prosperous community.

To achieve this vision, The Advanced Leadership Initiative partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to create the Executive Leadership Academy that builds the pipeline of talented, highly-skilled African American leaders in the Pittsburgh region.

The importance of this vision has never been more critical. The time is now.

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Executive Leadership Academy

The flagship leadership development program of The Advanced Leadership Initiative in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.


The Executive Leadership Academy is a world-class executive development program that offers the tools, exposure and training necessary to prepare African Americans to contribute to their organizations – and our community – at the highest level.

This 7-month experience is uniquely designed to address the distinct challenges faced by our region’s African American leaders.

The Executive Leadership Academy features integrated development across four critical pillars:

World-class academic instruction in strategic management

Executive coaching

Executive mentorship

Supportive network of peers

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Our Approach

The Advance Leadership Initiative creates impact by aligning Corporate, Community, Academic partnerships.


Invest in high-potential African American talent through sponsorship, mentoring.

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Strong peer network creates a greater sense of community.

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World-renowned academic partner Carnegie Mellon University.

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Together with Carnegie Mellon University, TALI has developed a world-class executive education program that will advance African American executive leadership in the Pittsburgh Region. Through this Academy we will create ladders of opportunity for cohort members as they seek to make a positive impact in their chosen fields.
Evan Frazier
Founding Director,
The Advanced Leadership Initiative

Presenting Sponsors

Through sponsorship organizations demonstrate their commitment to a more diverse and prosperous Pittsburgh.