Black Leadership Academy: A catalyst for growth

Black Leadership Academy helps organizations improve the talent pipeline and equip Black leaders with the network, capabilities, mindsets, and skills needed to achieve their professional aspirations.
We launched the Black Leadership Academy in September 2020 as part of McKinsey’s 10 Actions toward racial justice and equity. McKinsey Academy makes this award-winning leadership program available to organizations at no cost to help support early professionals, midlevel managers, and senior executives to accelerate the progress of underrepresented talent.

The Black experience in the workplace

Being the "only" in a room, on a team, or in the workplace at large is not an uncommon experience for Black executives. Participants discuss the challenges posed by a lack of representation—and the importance of creating more inclusive and diverse organizations.

There is nothing more important than investing in yourself.

— Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Seattle Seahawks

Participant perspectives

Participants from both the Black Executive Leadership Program and Management Accelerator talk about the power of being with and building community with other Black leaders, learning new capabilities, and expanding relationships and networks with their cohorts.

Growing and leading with courage

From finding different mentors to challenging the status quo, participants talk about how they've found their way in their careers. They talk about where their growth has come from and leading by example today.

You have to present yourself with opportunities that challenge your thinking, and Black Leadership Academy absolutely did that for me.

— Lloryn Love-Carter, Nissan Americas


We would like to thank all our Black Leadership Academy participants who shared their stories and experiences with such vulnerability, candor, and courage. The program would not be possible without them.

Our programs

Leadership Essentials

Designed for early careerists and individual contributors with up to seven years of experience in the workforce who aspire to become team and people leaders, this program sharpens core business understanding, dives into effective day-to-day leadership and execution, examines self-leadership, and provides a robust network of peers and experts.

Management Accelerator

Designed for mid-career managers who are typically three to five levels below the C-suite and aspire to take the challenging leap into senior leadership roles. This program focuses on building core management and leadership capabilities needed to lead successful businesses and teams.

Executive Leadership Program

Designed for senior executives looking to ascend to C-suite roles, this program focuses on building the leadership capabilities and network that distinguish successful executives to help them achieve the next critical step in their careers.


Connected Leaders Academy

Advance racial equity by investing in future leaders

McKinsey Inclusive Business Accelerator

McKinsey Inclusive Business Accelerator’s mission is to advance racial equity and economic empowerment of Black communities by providing support to small and medium-sized Black-owned businesses.

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