African-American Leadership Program - FAQ's

Learn more about the African-American Leadership Program through the Leadership Center.

How can I expect to benefit from this program?

As a program participant you will deepen your self-awareness, strengthen your leadership and management skills and abilities, position yourself for career enhancement, build networks across the region with other professionals, and gain access to established leaders and key regional decision makers.

What makes this program unique?

The program design is based on leadership development best practices, research on management skills that are transferable among professional sectors, the benchmarking of national programs, and the insights and experiences of local Black professionals. It combines four strands that are important to effective leadership: leading self, leading others, creating cultures of performance, and managing change and resources.

How is this program different from Future Milwaukee?

The African-American Leadership Program is a good complement to Future Milwaukee. Future Milwaukee is a valuable ‘chamber of commerce’ model program focused on civic engagement and leadership. The African-American Leadership Program aligns personal, organizational and regional (Southeastern Wis.) benefits with the platform to learn and apply both leadership and management skills. It also provides one-on-one coaching to accelerate development.

Who is this program for?

This program is for Black professionals who work in Metro Milwaukee organizations: private, public, and nonprofit. Participants should have a minimum of five years of professional employment, have potential for advancement and hold a position with some influence, which would include at least one of the following: decision-making, program/department management, or supervisory responsibilities.

Why is this program focused on African-American professionals?

As part of their leadership, African-Americans must convey credibility, establish relationships, produce results, and effect change in their workplace. Often being perceived as "different" or "other" presents unique challenges as these professionals seek to establish themselves within their organizations. The African-American Leadership Program provides a forum to examine these challenges as well as to consider the impact of race on an individual and collective level while building their capacity for leadership across sectors.  

How will I know if you have received my application?

Upon receipt of your application materials, a confirmation email will be sent.

When will I hear if I have been accepted into the program?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Following the telephone interview, applicants can expect to hear back in about a week.

How often do the program participants meet?

The program participants meet twice monthly during the program. The program year begins in October and concludes with a retreat held in June. The time commitment includes the two retreats, one monthly daytime and one evening session, and four coaching sessions over the course of the nine month program.

How much does it cost?

The program fee includes 360-degree feedback, coaching, retreat lodging, facilitation, materials, and meals. Standard Rates are $4,995 , non profit and individuals are offered a discounted rate.

Who pays the fee for my participation in the program?

Organizations typically pay the fee for participants in the program. It is best to check with your manager or Human Resources Department for clarification. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur you are eligible for the program.

Are scholarships available?

Limited scholarships are available for those with a financial need. Contact Margaret Arney at (414) 410-4553 or for more information.

How do you decide who is accepted into the program?

Applications are reviewed by a committee and decisions are based on the criteria described in the program materials. 

How large are the classes and is there a limit to their size?

The group capacity is 25 individuals.

Can a professional based outside of the Metro Milwaukee region participate?

The program is focused on strengthening talent in Metro Milwaukee as well as the Southeastern Wisconsin region. Black professionals from anywhere in the region are welcome to attend as long as distance is not a barrier to full participation.

When is payment due for participation in the program?

Upon acceptance into the program, a $100 deposit is due. The deposit is nonrefundable and is applied to the program fee. The program fee can be paid in full prior to the program or you can enroll in an installment plan.

For more information, contact Margaret Arney at (414) 410-4553 or Jeanette Mitchell, Ed.D., at (414) 410-4551 or email the Leadership Center at