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Black Boardroom
Leadership Institute

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The Black Boardroom Leadership Institute is designed to ensure that Orlando’s nonprofit leadership reflects the diversity of our community, fostering an inclusive atmosphere where minority leaders have a voice at the table, not just a seat on the roster.

The Institute is a one-of-a-kind leadership training program that brings together both nonprofit organizations and leaders with a goal to guide culture change and create an ideal environment of inclusion of diverse voices in service to boards. 

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    Build diverse nonprofit board of directors

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    Create ideal environment of inclusion

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    Foster authentic leadership

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    Develop a pipeline of Black leaders

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In a recent survey of nonprofit data, only 11% of nonprofit boards have Black members in comparison to 77% of the members being non-Hispanic White.

What is the Black Boardroom Leadership Institute?

The Black Boardroom Leadership Institute consists of two program tracks targeting nonprofit organizations interested in creating an inclusive environment on their boards and Black leaders who desire to serve authentically on a local nonprofit board.

The nonprofit track will assess and train organizations in prioritizing diversity and inclusiveness in board member recruitment strategies, and guide culture change to create an ideal environment of inclusion of diverse voices.

The individual leadership track will offer curriculum & board training that positions leaders for success on a local nonprofit board of directors, creating a pipeline of leaders for organizations to identify and align skillsets with open board seats.


The Black Boardroom Leadership Institute is a wonderful example of a nonprofit dedicated to creating cultures of belonging and meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion. The institute is going to open doors of opportunity to those historically marginalized from power into positions of decision-making leadership and positively transform Central Florida’s nonprofit ecosystem.”

— Daniel J. Downer, The Bros in Convos Initiative

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Advisory Council Members

Brewer Mark PPT 21

Mark Brewer
Central Florida Foundation

Carmino Nadia PPT 23

Nadia Carmino
Alliance One Consulting

Downer Daniel PPT 25

Daniel J. Downer, ED
The Bros in Convo Initiative

Gilzean Glen PPT 27

Glen Gilzean
Central Florida Urban League

Graham Latria PPT 29

Latria Graham
GLB Media Group

Grant Beverly PPT 31

Beverly Grant
Central Florida Foundation

Hill Ashley PPT 33

Ashley Hill
Ravago Americas

Jefferson William PPT 35

William Jefferson
Peace & Justice Institute, Valencia College

Maroon Bahiyyah PPT 37

Bahiyyah Maroon, Ph.D.
Polis Institute, Inc.

Rawilins Kay PPT 2 39

Kay Rawlins
Orlando City Soccer Foundation

Simmons Candice PPT 41

Candice Simmons
Wells Fargo

Vidal Sandi PPT 43

Sandi Vidal
Central Florida Foundation


Black Boardroom Leadership Institute

If you would like more information on the Black Boardroom Leadership Institute, complete the short form or contact Nisha Brice.

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Nisha Brice
Associate Director, Programs & Partnerships

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