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Connected Leaders Academy

Advancing racial equity by investing in future leaders

We have a deep and long-standing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in business, in society, and within our firm. We believe, and our research suggests, inclusion and diversity make a significant difference to an organization’s performance. Building on decades of experience growing leaders in our firm and our deep expertise in helping clients develop leadership capabilities, we created Connected Leaders Academy.

Connected Leaders Academy is designed to provide leaders a catalyst for growth by equipping future leaders with the peer network and sponsorship that will help them achieve their aspirations as well as new capabilities, mindsets, and behaviors. The program is experienced through identity-based communities. We currently offer cohorts for Black leaders, Hispanic-Latino leaders, and Asian leaders.

Connected Leaders Academy provides organizations the opportunity to improve their talent pipeline and unlock the organization’s full potential while empowering employees to take the next step in their professional journeys.


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The power of participants’ connection throughout the program, and through the alumni program, transcends their everyday experience of being an “only” into a network of peers and sponsors.


Our programs

We offer two programs designed for leaders in different stages of their careers:

Executive Leadership Program

Designed for senior executives looking to ascend to C-suite roles, this program focuses on building the executive leadership capabilities needed to drive transformational change within organizations and enhance the network that distinguishes successful executives to help them achieve the next critical step in their careers.

Management Accelerator

Designed for high-performing, early- to mid-career managers who are typically three to five levels below the C-suite and aspire to take the challenging leap into senior leadership. This program focuses on building core management and leadership capabilities as well as the cross-functional knowledge needed to lead successful businesses and teams.

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Black Leadership Academy: A catalyst for growth

We developed the Black Leadership Academy to help organizations improve their talent pipeline and equip Black leaders with the network, capabilities, mindsets, and behaviors needed to achieve their professional aspirations.

Awards and Recognition

Excellence in learning

The Connected Leaders Academy is an extension of Black Leadership Academy, which received a gold award in 2021 from Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Learning awards program.


Delivering through diversity

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity is embedded in our firm’s history and daily practice.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Build and empower a diverse workforce

Diversity still matters

Inclusion and diversity are at risk during COVID-19—but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination.

Connect with Connected Leaders Academy

Our Connected Leaders Academy program is designed for cohorts of individuals through their organization; it is not designed to be accessed directly by individuals. If you are inquiring on behalf of your organization or are already enrolled in Connected Leaders Academy, please contact us.