When it comes to African American representation in the corporate executive space, Pittsburgh lags behind many well known American cities. According to PR News Wire, “African Americans represent 24% of the population of Pittsburgh and 13% in Allegheny County, yet African Americans represent less than 0.1% of Executive Leadership – significantly disproportionate to the population.” In an effort to improve these numbers, “city officials and Carnegie Mellon University representatives are joining forces to help create a more diverse, inclusive and prosperous community through the launch of The Advanced Leadership Initiative and the Executive Leadership Academy.”
The goal of the Leadership Academy is to improve representation across industries in regards to African Americans. The initiative will focus on training and development for qualified cohorts including personalized executive coaching, academic instruction and more.
The initiative is already gaining support from local companies including EQT Foundation, Highmark Health, PNC, and UPMC to name a few. Whether this program helps to increase African American executives remains to be seen but for now this is a good platform to do it.