N.J. Black Women’s Collective, Mercer CCC to create Leadership Institute

Program, which aims to mold next generation of Black female leaders, will start in March

Mercer County Community College and the New Jersey Black Women’s Collective will launch the NJBWC Leadership Institute, a program designed to cultivate and develop the next generation of Black women leaders, next month on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus.

The Leadership Institute, which runs from March through June, is a partnership between NJBWC and MCCC. A steering committee that includes members of NJBWC, executives from MCCC and MCCC President Deborah Preston will serve as the planning board for the Leadership Institute.

The opening event will be held March 15.

“Tremendous opportunities can be created through education, and I applaud the NJBWC for launching this exciting new initiative,” Preston said. “We are proud to be their partner.”

Developed for emerging leaders in any sector, the Leadership Institute is designed to help participants gain the skills and strategies needed to address current problems in real time, actualize their skilled vision and build effectiveness, while developing a talent pipeline for Black women leaders in New Jersey.

The Leadership Institute will launch with a welcome reception for participants March 15, followed by 14 intensive curated sessions led by keynote speaker and facilitator Melody Fogarty, managing partner and chief business strategist at Dakota Gray LLC.

The program will conclude with the presentation of capstone projects presented by Leadership Institute participants.

The curriculum will feature Black women executives, senior leaders and guest speakers as presenters and experts in numerous fields, including business and finance, corporate strategy, marketing and communications, and politics and government.

Specific topics include:

  • Decoding Your Leadership EQ;
  • Strategic Mindset;
  • Think Like a CFO;
  • Marketing:
  • The Creative Journey;
  • Applying Leadership to Fulfill Your Mission;
  • Power Structure and Little “p” in Politics;
  • Creating High Impact Coalitions;
  • Wellness.

Guest speakers for the inaugural series include:

  • Pastor Tiffany Williams Brewer, assistant professor of law and chair of New Jersey State Commission of Investigations;
  • Corein Carter, chief operating officer, CultureMakers;
  • Michellene Davis, CEO and president, National Medical Fellowships;
  • Brenda Ross Dulan, managing principal, Ross Dulan Group;
  • John Harmon, CEO and president, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey;
  • Natalya Johnson, senior counsel, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Jeannine LaRue, lobbyist and public affairs executive;
  • Michele Meyer-Shipp, CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide;
  • Maggie Moran, strategy consultant;
  • Paula Taylor, owner of Arlee’s Raw Blends in Princeton.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to help shape and grow the next generation of Black women leaders through the Leadership Institute,” NJBWC co-founder and Leadership Chair Tennille McCoy said.

“Having the right skills is one of the keys to success, and that begins with having the support and guidance of those who have walked the path. We are fortunate to have assembled such a distinguished group of mentors and senior leaders to serve as guides on this journey.”

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