Black tech professionals are severely underrepresented in their industry. According to The Kapor Center for Social Impact, which analyzed publicly available company diversity reports last year, the proportion of Black professionals in technical roles at large tech companies only increased by 1% between 2014 and 2021. Today, despite making up 13% of the U.S. labor force, Black professionals occupy just 3.7% of tech roles.

Reports have consistently shown Black tech professionals disproportionately suffer from a lack of mentorship, available resources for transitioning from the college to workforce pipeline, and an inability to maintain long tenures at tech companies due to earning and promotion potential. Yet, the challenges they face are far greater and underscore the systemic barriers that stunt the growth of their career potential. While some progress in acknowledging racial bias and other inequalities from algorithms to accessibility, there are still both opportunity and representation gaps in tech that need to be closed – once and for all.

At The ELC, we have reimagined professional development for technology professionals. Imagine participating in a career acceleration program where you are not the only Black tech professional in the room and where all the other participants are Black tech professionals. Imagine attending a program where the course content reflects your experience, where we don’t shy away from issues relevant to Black professionals. These unique characteristics of our one-of-a-kind approach enables us to take professional development to professional transformation.


The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is proud to present DECODED 2.0 powered by Google, a comprehensive 3-day bootcamp for Black tech professionals which includes live instruction, fireside chat sessions with senior Black technology professionals, professional assessments, self-directed learning, and executive coaching. While Google has been a long-standing supporter of DECODED, we have created an integrated partnership to deliver a high-quality, high-impact program created specifically for early career Black tech professionals.

This virtual program is being offered at three separate conferences in 2023 and will be split up into three cohorts: Cohort 1 – March 7-9, Cohort 2 – June 6-8. Although each Cohort will gather virtually, Day 3 of each conference will have an optional in-person session. All registrants are welcome to join the cohort of their choosing. However, Cohort 1 will be based in Google’s New York, NY office, Cohort 2 will be based in Google’s Atlanta, GA headquarters, and finally, Cohort 3 will be based in Chicago, IL.


  • Our collaborative and engaging program offers:
  • 12 hours of Live Virtual Instructor-Led Sessions
  • 3 hours of 1-on-1 and group Coaching with an ICF-certified coach
  • VIP Registration to The ELC’s 2023 Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium
  • Access to additional learning resources from Google and The ELC
  • Fireside chat sessions with Black senior executives in the tech industry
  • Additional professional development opportunities throughout the year
  • And more!

By the end of the 3-day bootcamp, participants can expect to learn:

  • How to build, maintain, and expand their professional tech networks
  • How to take the leap from the IC level to the management level
  • How to translate their technical output into organizational influence, and
  • How to turn their life’s work into their life’s purpose

Ultimately, DECODED 2.0 will provide proven strategies and tactics to apply critical leadership competencies, broader and deeper professional networks, high levels of emotional intelligence and a strategic blueprint for their professional journey and development.

Targeted Leadership Competencies
Change Management | Developing Others | Emotional Intelligence | Influence | Political Savvy | Strategic Thinking |Verbal & Written Communication | Vision

Learning Objectives
Learning objectives provide the foundation for training development. Terminal and Enabling objectives provide a framework that organizes the program content, instructional activities, and assessments. The Terminal Objective describes the learning achieved by completing the overall program, while Enabling Objectives describe learning achieved with specific segments of the program.