Meet CMU's Executive Leadership Academy Inaugural Cohort

It was reported by, there were three black CEOs running Fortune 500 companies as of September 2018. As of May the same year, there were only 24 women serving as CEOs. Despite many corporations issuing public pledges to be more inclusive in their hiring practices, the lack of diversity is persistent.

Without a doubt, the C-Suite (the highest-level executives in the form of CEO, COO, and/or CFO) has a significant absence of Black men and women, however, there is no lack of qualified professionals. The Executive Leadership Academy, a signature program of the The Advanced Leadership Initiative in Pittsburgh, has selected its inaugural cohort - local professionals, primed for seats in the C-Suite. This class of 24 represent the Pittsburgh area's best of the best in terms of Black Executive Excellence.

Selected from a pool of 60, the finalized group of applicants will be paired with experienced executive coaches, executive mentors, and word-class academic instruction from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business for 8 months. The Executive Leadership Academy will prime the cohort to escape middle management and prepare them for the C-Suite.

The inaugural class includes:

  1. Tynina Adams-Lucas, Director of Procurement, Gateway Health

  2. Jessica Brooks, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

  3. Angela Campbell, Executive Director, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CMU

  4. Dina Clark, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Covestro

  5. Alexis Clipper, Director, Pharmacy Operation, UPMC Health Plan

  6. Latika Davis-Jones, Assistant Deputy Director, Allegheny County Dept of Human Services

  7. Marlon Ferguson, Executive Director, Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard

  8. Eric Holmes, Commander and Chief of Staff, Pittsburgh Police

  9. Patricia Howard, Senior Vice President Health Plan Operations, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

  10. Nichelle Hughley, Vice President, Retail Lending Strategy & Planning, PNC

  11. Lance Hyde, Diversity Manager, EQT

  12. Robert James, Supplier Diversity Program Director, Highmark Health

  13. Steffanie Jasper, Senior Vice President and Program Manager, Technology and Innovation, PNC

  14. Mashekia Jones-Slack, Vice President Quality & Safety, Allegheny Health Network

  15. Taafoi Kamara, Administrative Director, UPMC Aging Institute

  16. Robert Littles, Director, Project Nuclear Engineering Services, Rolls-Royce

  17. Kelly McCormick, Director, Enterprise HR, Giant Eagle

  18. Tracie McCormick, Global Treasury Manager, Koppers