Our Impact/Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships

Join forces with a trailblazing community dedicated to advancing Black leadership excellence. As a strategic partner, you’ll gain unique opportunities to shape and contribute to our mission, access a network of influential leaders, and co-create initiatives that drive meaningful impact.

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The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is committed to empowering and advancing Black executives and professionals in corporate leadership roles. Our goal remains consistent with the vision of our founders, to increase representation of Black talent across all levels from the classroom to the boardroom.

Strategic Partnerships are the cornerstone of driving progress, innovation, and systemic change to ensure equitable representation and opportunities for Black executives. This ultimately contributes to a more diverse, inclusive, and prosperous corporate landscape.

Whether you’re looking to support specific programs or embark on multi-year collaborations, we offer tailored solutions to meet your goals and advance our shared mission.

Program Partnerships

Our program partnerships are designed to address your company’s targeted needs and initiatives. By aligning your organization with a particular ELC program or initiative, you can directly impact the areas that matter most to you and your stakeholders.

Benefits of partnering include:

  1. Focused Impact: Concentrate your resources and efforts on a particular program or initiative that resonates with your organization’s talent values and objectives, such as recruiting Black talent to and promoting Black talent within your organization.
  2. Measurable Results: Track the tangible outcomes of your partnership, whether it’s supporting educational initiatives, pipeline talent development, increasing representation in the C-Suite, community development projects, or other program areas.
  3. Enhanced Visibility: Showcase your commitment to inclusion, social responsibility, and Black talent development by affiliating your brand with one of The ELC’s reputable and sought after programs, thereby strengthening your standing as an employer of choice and engagement with stakeholders.

Multi-Year and Undesignated Partnerships

For organizations seeking a broader and more flexible partnership approach, our multi-year or undesignated partnerships provide opportunities for sustained collaboration and impact. These partnerships offer:

  1. Long-Term Engagement: Forge enduring relationships with The ELC, allowing for continuous support of your organization’s talent development and diversity goals over multiple years.
  2. Strategic Investment: Contribute to The ELC’s Endowment or Annual Fund, providing vital resources that sustain our organization’s operations, drive innovation, and ensure long-term sustainability.
  3. Customized Consultation: The ELC offers our corporate partners advisory services to help them to design and execute evidence-based system-wide recommendations designed to uplift, promote, and retain Black and underrepresented talent. 

Why Partner with Us?

  • Expertise and Experience: Benefit from our extensive experience in building and managing successful partnerships across diverse sectors and industries. 
  • Collaborative Approach: We believe in co-creating solutions with our partners, leveraging each other’s strengths to achieve greater impact and outcomes.
  • Expanded Network: Gain access to a community of like-minded organizations and individuals driving lasting positive change to the corporate landscape.

Get Started Today

Whether you’re interested in supporting specific programs or exploring multi-year partnerships, we’re here to help you achieve your engagement goals. Contact us to learn more about our strategic partnership opportunities and how together, we can improve your organization’s bottom line while increasing representation of Black talent in corporate America. 

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Alliance for Board Diversity

Founded in 2004, the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) is a collaboration of four leadership organizations: Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics). Diversified Search, an executive search firm, is a founding partner of the alliance and serves as advisor and facilitator. The ABD’s mission is to enhance shareholder value in Fortune 500 companies by promoting inclusion of women and minorities on corporate boards.

During this time, ABD has celebrated the elevation of this issue in public dialogues and applauded the leadership of those corporations that are working toward greater board diversity. ABD collaborated with Deloitte to publish “Missing Pieces Report: A board diversity census of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups on Fortune 500 boards, 7th edition.” The 7th edition of the Missing Pieces Report is the culmination of a multiyear effort organized by ABD. Deloitte has collaborated with ABD on this initiative for previous installments published in 2016, 2018, and 2020.

To read the full “Missing Pieces” report, please visit Missing Pieces Report on Board Diversity | Deloitte US


CALIBR was initially founded in 1999 as an affiliate of The Executive Leadership Council. It became a separate entity with its own 501(c)(3) status. Calibr is a professional organization that offers career and professional development, community service opportunities, and points of connectivity for mid-career black executives.

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