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In a recent survey of nonprofit data, only 17% of nonprofit board members are represented by black people while they represent 23.5% of the population.

The Black Boardroom Leadership Institute (BBLI) is designed to address the diversity gap amongst Orlando’s nonprofit board of directors and foster an atmosphere where minority leaders have a voice at the table, not just a seat on the roster.

BBLI consists of two, six-month programs,
1) the Nonprofit track, for organizations interested in creating an inclusive environment on their board of directors, and
2) the Leadership track, for Black leaders looking to serve authentically as a board member.

We are currently recruiting individuals interested in participating in the 2024 Nonprofit track.

The program goal of the Nonprofit track is to train nonprofit leaders in diversifying board member recruitment and guiding culture change to create inclusive environments of diverse voices in service to nonprofit boards. Over six months, participants will gain foundational knowledge in board governance, discover motivators and cultural qualities to develop an authentic leadership style, and use those discoveries to lead with impact on local nonprofit boards.

ideal candidates

Program Eligibility 
Organization must be an active 501c3 nonprofit located in the Orlando region. 

Program Participation 
Each nonprofit organization requires participation from the executive director and an executive board member. The program runs once a month from March through August 2024 for a full day. Program dates can be found here. 

Participants are allowed one (1) session absence.


To learn more about the program and the application process, BBLI will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, January 31, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. to share more about the program and application process.

program schedule

Nonprofit Track

Session One 
Tuesday, March 26, 20243 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mandatory Orientation

Session Two
Thursday, April 23 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Three
Tuesday, May 21 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Four
Tuesday, June 18 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Five
Tuesday, July 23 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Six
Tuesday, August 20 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Graduation & Reception

Note: Session dates and times subject to change.

BBLI requires attendance for all sessions listed above.
Participants are only allowed one session absence.

Deadline to APPLY is FEBRUARY 16, 2024

You will receive a confirmation message after successfully completing an application.

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For questions, contact Kacye Crane at