NAMIC Announces Call For Nominations For The 2016-2017 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Class XVI

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NEW YORK, NY- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) is now accepting nominations for its 2016-2017 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Class XVI, presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  Targeting upper middle managers of color (directors with a minimum of two years at that level and above), ELDP Class XVI will be presented over seven months, comprising four sessions that will take place in October and December of 2016, and February and May of 2017. All sessions will take place on the Darden grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia. The deadline for submitting nominations for ELDP Class XVI is July 29, 2016.   

ELDP, by which the program is known, was created in response to some of the industry's most persistent challenges: increasing the diversity of the industry's executive suites; retention of executives of color; and maximizing the ROI of a diverse workforce in a business environment with an increasing demand for strategic leadership agility and creative innovation. Emphasizing professional growth, the program addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color, while strengthening the business competencies that all executives must have in order to be successful.  The ELDP curriculum explores a range of business-critical topics such as strategy, finance, marketing, innovation, and leadership agility, presented as integrated components of a holistic learning experience.

"Over the past fifteen years, ELDP has emerged as one of the most respected curricula designed to prepare professionals of color to advance in the continuously morphing media and entertainment industry," said James C. Jones, NAMIC's SVP of Education and Diversity Solutions. "We look forward to the industry’s continued partnership in this important work to expand the pipeline of future leaders."  

In support of NAMIC's ongoing effort to extend the reach of ELDP, the Walter Kaitz Foundation has provided a fellowship for an eligible executive of color to participate in ELDP Class XVI.  The fellowship will cover all expenses related to attending the program, including tuition, course materials, lodging, meals, and transportation. Candidates must be nominated by small industry MSO's and programmers that, because of revenue limitations and comparatively a small footprint, do not possess the financial wherewithal to send talented executives through ELDP. The deadline for submitting fellowship nominations is also July 29, 2016.  

Complete eligibility information and nomination criteria for the Executive Leadership Development Program can be accessed by visiting, by contacting Jim Jones, NAMIC's senior vice president of Education and Diversity Solutions, at 212.594.5985, or via e-mail: