North Carolina Leadership Accelerator

paving the path to the leadership level for underrepresented professionals.

The North Carolina Leadership Accelerator (NCLA) is the newest addition to The Partnership’s suite of programs. The curriculum is directly responsive to a need for enhanced visibility, influence, and advancement of professionals of color across the region’s core industries.

Who Should Consider This Program?

This program offers a transformative experience tailored to mid-level and individual contributors in the Research Triangle and Charlotte, NC Region, with a focus on creating and seizing opportunities to break into the leadership tier of their organizations. Those selected for the program will be chosen for demonstrated desire and potential to lead, as selected by their supervisor.


Regional economic focus

The curriculum builds competence and regional economic awareness with attention on establishing industry, peer, and mentorship networks to build and leverage professional influence.

Career advancement

Each class meets over a 9-month period from February-December in advanced training sessions designed to hone and upgrade skills so that participants can effectively move into and succeed in leadership positions.

executive coaching

Between sessions, participants meet in focused cohorts of 6 to work with an executive coach in assessing and applying learning and peer feedback. Coaches leverage Emotional Intelligence theory and findings of their individual EQi and Myers Briggs assessments, among other tools to strengthen relational and professional insight.

Alumni Feedback


Of alumni would recommend The Partnership to a colleague.


Of alumni have enhanced their job performance as a result of The Partnership.


Of alumni could better navigate organizational cultures after their programs.


Of alumni say The Partnership has strengthened their professional networks.

“The monthly sessions were crucial and focused on topics we are aware of but rarely get to dive into deeply. The sessions on building personal brand and executive presence were particularly interactive, actionable, and have had a direct impact on my work. I have since presented to both my program cohort group and my internal team at Biogen on executive presence; both what it means and what it looks like.”

Gitanjali Talreja
NCLA 2021 Alum
Engineer III, Manufacturing Sciences, Biogen

“The Partnership has delivered a strong equipping program by offering fresh thinking, new crossover skills, and problem-solving tools. NCLA Program has been a fantastic experience delivering true ROI.”

David A. Stevenson
NCLA 2021 Alum
Hospitality Manager, South Fidelity Real Estate Company (FREC)


Join This Year’s Class!

Application Deadline: Registration for the Class of 2024 is now closed. Registration for the Class of 2025 will open in Fall 2024.

Program Start Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Program Fee: $7,000

For More Information: Contact Claire Cooper at

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