whether you’re a professional in a monolithic corporation or an entrepreneur managing a startup. There are a even a few programs designed specifically for minority groups linked to major colleges and universities. These are among what’s available:
The Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP) and Advanced Minority Business Executive Program (AMBEP) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
This is a one-week course designed to help entrepreneurs sustain and grow businesses. Emphasis is placed on financial analysis, operations, and structuring acquisitions and partnerships.
Fee: $4,500, which includes tuition, course materials, lodging, meals, and a certificate of participation.
Contact: Paula Graves, program development manager; 603-646-3740; exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu/
Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP) at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
This is a custom executive program, in conjunction with the National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc., designed exclusively for NMSDC-certified minority businesses. The four-day program is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the tools and skills needed to achieve and sustain accelerated growth. Courses cover mergers and acquisitions, business strategy, and successful marketing.
Fee: $4,800, which includes tuition, class materials, lodging, and meals.
Contact: Steve Sims, vice president of programs and field operations for the National Minority Supplier Development Council; 202-955-0036; www.nmsdcus.org/
The Darden Minority Business Executive Program (DMBEP) at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
This program is tailored to meet the individual needs of each entrepreneur, placing no restriction on the number of years its participants have owned or operated a business. Courses include basic financial concepts, negotiating strategies, and leadership skills.
Fee: $4,000, which includes tuition, course materials, lodging, meals, and a certificate of participation.
Contact: Donald W. Jones, founder; 434-924-6246
The African American Leadership Institute at Anderson School of Management, UCLA
This program brings together executive participants and academic and corporate leaders to identify critical paths to success. The five-day program addresses key personal, interpersonal, and organizational issues that blacks face as they climb the corporate ladder. Topics include issues of leadership and managing change, workplace trust, mentorship and personal development, and organizational culture specific to the African American manager.
Fee: $5,250, which includes tuition, books, educational materials, refreshment breaks, receptions, and most meals.
Contact: Anderson Graduate School of Management; 310-825-2001; www.anderson.ucla.edu/ – Tykisha Lundy