Press Releases / July 6, 2015

The Executive Leadership Council Partnered with The Boulé to Co-Host a Corporate Directors Networking Event in London, England Focused on Board Opportunities

Alexandria, VA (July 6, 2015) – The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) was invited by Sigma PiPhi Fraternity – Alpha & Epsilon Xi Boulés – to co-host a series of events on June 25-29 in London,England in commemoration of Alpha Boulé and its 111 year commitment to leadership development. This was a unique opportunity for ELC members to network with high-level corporate executives from the African diaspora located in the United Kingdom (UK), Africa and other countries, and was slated to be the largest gathering of corporate dignitaries from the African diaspora ever held in London.

The Executive Leadership Council is the pre-eminent membership organization comprised of C-Suite and senior level Black executives of Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on Corporate boards and in global enterprises.

“The ELC partnered with The Boulé on this unique series of events to ensure that senior Black executives are well represented and the focus remains on the importance of Black executive leadership in driving the global business community,” said Ronald C. Parker, President and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council. “This was an opportunity for The ELC to gain access to key business leaders and corporations based in the UK, Africa and abroad to assist in growing our global membership, as well as explore global board of director opportunities for our members.”

The capstone event included a Business Session on Friday, June 26 at the Institute of Directors in London. The event featured a series of panel discussions with major African, Caribbean and African- American executives to address issues related to director positions in companies that operate internationally, as well as the need for the diversification of director positions in the UK. HRH TheDuke of York attended the event and offered welcome remarks.

The series of events kicked off on Thursday, June 25 with a Welcome Reception at St. James’s Palace attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, as Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. ELC members had a unique opportunity to meet His Royal Highness and discuss business initiatives focused on board opportunities. The events continued with the Business Session on Friday followed by a Black Tie Gala at the Institute of Directors on Saturday, June 27. The series of events then culminated on Monday, June 29 with a lunch at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Michael Hasting of Scarisbrick and Director, Global Board of KPMG.

The ELC’s visit to London will be one of many international trips to come as the organization looks to expand The ELC brand globally and establish itself as a leader in the global business arena.

About The Executive Leadership Council:

The Executive Leadership Council, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1986, is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Comprised of more than 600 current and former black CEOs, board members and senior executives at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve. For more information, please visit