Our Programs

About CUP Leadership Institute  

The CUP Leadership Institute provides structured leadership development programs for its membership, acting as the formal training arm of CUP. Our programs are designed to offer talented, diverse professionals the knowledge, skills and connections needed to advance to executive level positions in their fields. Through comprehensive trainings, CUP aims to increase diversity at the top-levels of organizations, creating more innovative and inclusive industries and communities.


Executive Leadership Program

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is a premier leadership opportunity aimed at developing the pipeline of diverse senior professionals. The CUP ELP platform is unique in that it includes a mix of leadership workshops and keynotes aimed at unlocking the unwritten rules of success and helping multicultural professionals navigate their firms and industries more effectively. The CUP ELP curriculum is designed to equip participants with the skills needed to advance to the next level by providing leadership training, access to key senior business leaders, and an influential network of peers from across industries. The program content is delivered by CUP through a structured series of workshops over two and a half days via leading academics, prominent thought leaders, industry experts and seasoned trainers. Workshop topics include: Client Relationship Management, Maximizing Presence & Communication, Negotiation & Influencing Skills, and Managing Your Personal Brand.


Fellows Program

Through the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellows Program, participants complete a rigorous ten-month leadership development experience that includes skills-based training, executive coaching and networking opportunities that prepare them for impactful civic involvement. In addition to equipping participants with the skills needed to lead with impact, the CUP Fellows Program provides them with a lifelong springboard for prestigious opportunities such as appointments to nonprofit and public sector boards. By exposing participants to public sector opportunities and an influential network of professionals, the program is designed to equip professionals with the skills, information, and resources needed to navigate their careers and position themselves for civic leadership opportunities.


A Seat at the Table Initiative

Through our A Seat at the Table initiative, CUP secures board placements for our talented and highly motivated members so that, individually and collectively, our organization fulfills its mission of enhancing the capacity of organizations, institutions and agencies to better serve our communities. We are placing people of color and women on non-profit and public sector boards – a strategy for developing long-term structural change, increasing the diversity of boardrooms, and holding non-profit organizations accountable for creating boards that reflect their stakeholders. In addition to securing board matches, our A Seat at the Table initiative offers trainings to equip members with the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference once they are at decision-making tables.