Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Management Leadership for Tomorrow is a favorite non-profit for which I am their preferred photographer for events photography.
Here is a summary, from their web site, of the great things that MLT does for the world today and tomorrow:
MLT is the premier career development institution that equips high potential African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans with the key ingredients—skills, coaching and door-opening relationships—that unlock their potential. By cracking the code on career potential, MLT is developing the next generation of minority leaders, for the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, who will in turn have transformational impact on our communities.
MLT delivers programming that puts minorities on the fast-track to success at every stage of their careers: from College through MBA and the Executive levels.
MLT is a leading source of minority talent for top graduate business schools and for many of the nation’s premier corporations including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Google, McKinsey & Co, PepsiCo and Target. MLT’s innovative solution has also resulted in strategic partnerships with leading philanthropies such as New Profit, Inc. and The Starr Foundation. MLT has been featured on the cover of Fortune and in CNN’s “Black in America 2: Tomorrow’s Leaders.”
There is a leadership pipeline crisis in the US.
- Corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurial ventures struggle to attract and retain the best diverse talent they need to achieve their goals.
- The individuals who are most connected to our struggling communities, and therefore most motivated to improve them, are not in a position to make those solutions possible.
Because conventional wisdom is that higher education ensures the American dream, we have not invested in giving those who make it to college the other ingredients they need to realize their full potential as leaders.
MLT is the Solution
The path to leadership is not taught in school.
It takes more than classroom education to create leaders. It takes hard and soft skills. It takes early exposure to high-impact career opportunities. It takes an understanding of the path to the senior levels; and it takes inspiring leaders and mentors.
Many organizations focus on providing minorities with access to educational opportunities and preparation for academic success. MLT delivers key skills that are not taught in any classroom and that are critical to fulfilling one’s potential. Virtually every senior leader would say that they would not be where they are today without some or all of those key ingredients, yet these ingredients are not taught in even the best classrooms and instead are delivered through informal channels to which minorities have limited access:
- A roadmap of specific steps to take to achieve one’s short and long-term goals
- Coaching to develop the specific skills needed to distinguish oneself as a high performer
- Mentorship to avoid career-limiting mistakes
- Door-opening relationships that can lead to a “big break”
- High-performing peers who provide motivation and support
MLT has formalized the delivery of these ingredients, filling a major gap in our education system and significantly broadening the pipeline of senior minority leaders who can catalyze change in our communities.