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Meet Our Fellows: Introducing The American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA!

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), in partnership with American Express is excited to announce the selection of 24 emerging leaders from across the country for the American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA! Each recipient was chosen based on their demonstrated track record and continued commitment to improving life outcomes for Black men and boys in their respective cities. 

The American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA, formerly known as the Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship, is an intensive year-long leadership development program aimed at deepening the impact of individuals and organizations working on issues that directly affect America’s Black males. From June 11 to 14 the fellows will convene for a series of workshops, coaching sessions, and other activities geared towards strengthening their infrastructure and capacity within the Black Male Achievement movement. The American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA leverages the strengths and competencies of The Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center, which are both based in Greensboro, North Carolina where the convening will be held.

“CBMA is passionately committed to building leadership and capacity that in turn will create sustained impact in the Black Male Achievement field,” said CBMA CEO Shawn Dove. “We congratulate all of the fellows and are excited to provide a rewarding experience that adds even greater value to their work on behalf of Black men and boys. CBMA is especially thankful to have the support of American Express, The Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center in ensuring that Black males are able to fulfill their greatest promise and potential.”


The application process for the American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA was open to candidates based in Greensboro, and the cities of Oakland, California; Detroit, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky; and Baltimore, Maryland. These particular sites were identified based on CBMA’s city strategy that focuses on location-based efforts to expand access to resources and opportunities on behalf of Black males.

“For more than a decade, American Express has proudly developed emerging leaders across the social purpose sector,” said American Express Foundation president Timothy J. McClimon. “Our Leadership Academy with CBMA is a critical opportunity to advocate for Black men and boys, ensuring their voices are represented in our communities and heard throughout the country.”

Through the American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of practices that are essential for successful leadership to engage in and lead the Black Male Achievement Movement. 
  • Increase self-awareness for overall personal and professional growth.
  • Seek and use feedback for more impactful leadership.
  • Leverage 360 feedback and executive coaching resources to build a results-driven development plan for personal and organizational growth. 
  • Expand knowledge on movement-building and social change principles from Civil Rights Movement to the Movement for Black Lives.
  • Build case study-learning on Greensboro-based grassroots organizing efforts that will help leaders become more effective collaborators and coalition-builders.

To learn more about the 2018 American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA, please visit here.


About the Campaign for Black Male Achievement 

Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network with the mission to ensure the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. In 2015, CBMA spun off from the Open Society Foundations into an independent organization, which supports a growing network of more than 5,200 individuals who represent more than 2,700 organizations across the United States. CBMA’s work sits at the intersection of movement- and field-building, supporting local leaders on the ground, while at same time amplifying and catalyzing the Black Male Achievement movement across the country.

About American Express: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow

One of American Express' three philanthropic platforms is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and social purpose sectors, American Express makes grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century. More than 70,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs, including the American Express Leadership Academy among others. Launched in 2008, the American Express Leadership Academy addresses the growing need of leadership development programs in the nonprofit sector by bringing together emerging leaders from a diverse set of nonprofit, social sector and non-governmental organizations. For leadership journey stories and additional resources, visit


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