Our Mission

When individuals are empowered to succeed, the community as a whole prospers.

The Council of Urban Professionals’ (CUP) mission is to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Currently in our 14th year, we support the career progression of professional women and people of color in New York and Los Angeles by (1) delivering compelling skill-building programs focused on accelerating careers and enhancing visibility, and by (2) curating groups of top diverse professionals for impactful conversations and networking opportunities that result in community building, thought leadership, business development and, a platform for recognizing diverse talent and inspiring service.

Our vision for the next ten years is to become the voice of diverse professionals and, through the delivery of talent development activities and compelling thought leadership, to be a catalyst for the promotion of women and people of color into positions of leadership.