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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 2023 Leadership track.

The program goal of the Leadership track is to develop a pipeline of Black leaders and create pathways to positions of power on local 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

Ideal candidates are Black local leaders, whether emerging or experienced, who demonstrate a passion for civic and social impact and aspire to develop authentic leadership characteristics. We seek people who are genuine in their approach and value high ethical standards, showcasing a need for defining distinct values based on beliefs and serve where purpose and passion align. Candidates will effectively illustrate barriers to attaining placement or challenges with serving genuinely as a board of directors’ member and share experiences that indicate opportunity for growth in leadership. Selected participants are committed to amplifying their voice and cultivating a unique style for serving the community in a way that is meaningful to them.

BBLI encourages applications from people of all religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Selections will be made by the BBLI Advisory Council based on the strength of candidates’ applications across the following categories:

  • Need to Participate – Evidence of barriers or challenges to serving on a board of directors
  • Leadership Growth – Desire to develop authentic leadership style and demonstrate opportunity for growth
  • Compelling Narrative – Degree of effort in providing compelling narrative
  • Board of Directors Interest – Passion for leading with impact and aspires to serve on a board of directors
  • Program Commitment – Demonstrates the commitment and capacity to complete the program


To learn more about the program and the application process, an Informational Zoom session recorded on April 18 is available to watch.

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program schedule

Leadership Track

Session One 
Thursday, June 29, 2023 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mandatory Orientation

Session Two
Thursday, July 27 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Three
Thursday, August 24 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Four
Thursday, September 21 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Five
Thursday, October 19 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session Six
Thursday, November 16 | 9 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 May 12, 2023

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

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For questions, contact Nisha Brice at