Urban Leader Institute (formerly African American Leadership Development Program / AALDP)


Urban Leadership Program

Urban Leader Institute Mission

The mission of the Urban Leader Institute is to create a learning environment where candidates are challenged to explore leadership concepts and insights that will benefit leaders of color at work and in community activities. Through this environment, the program attracts and builds a strong network of effective leaders of color who model the characteristics needed to serve their respective organizations and communities.

Urban Leader Institute Program Description

The Urban Leader Institute program is designed to appeal to urban leaders. Its purpose is to develop a pool of men and women of color from various backgrounds with interest in, and leadership capacity for, effectively addressing ongoing and emerging corporate and community issues.

During this ten-month program, participants will meet monthly to learn through lectures, discussion and direct experience every major aspect of community life. Issues, from economics and education to criminal justice and cultural diversity will be explored. Participants will also begin to develop working relationships with civic, social, political and community leaders.

To enhance the quality of the presentations, topic experts are used throughout the program to ensure the development of sharpened leadership skills. These speakers are excellent motivators and educators.

Contact Person

Patricia A. Bready
Leadership Development
Greater Cincinnati Urban League
3458 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 487-6512 Office
(513) 300-3589 Mobile



  • Generates opportunities to sharpen leadership skills of the employees
  • Creates highly motivated and challenged employees who are better prepared to go above and beyond their job responsibilities
  • Improves your corporate image in the community and demonstrates community and corporate involvement
  • An excellent investment in employee development
  • Provides an opportunity to showcase the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Provides networking opportunities among companies doing business in the Greater Cincinnati region


  • Gain a broader and more informed perspective of community issues and their impact upon the quality of life for people of color living in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Participate in thought-provoking leadership training and experiential activities
  • Participate in creative problem solving to improve the lives of individuals in communities of color
  • Expand personal and professional networks and enhances working relationships
  • Receive recognition and prestige as a corporate and community leader

Urban Leader Institute Program Topics

  • Sessions are typically held the first Friday of the month and begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sessions will almost always begin at 8:30am (inclement weather may adjust the start time)
  • Friday sessions typically end by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday sessions typically end by 2:00 p.m.
  • In the event date or time changes are required, participants will receive ample notice of program changes
  • We encourage employers to view these days away from the office as professional development opportunities.


Urban Leader Institute Class Syllabus

Urban Leader Institute programming is grouped into three “discovery” modules. Each module is designed to expose and enlighten the members of the class to the obstacles and potential that exists within us as individuals and within our community.

Module One – Discovery of Self

“To thine own self be true.” A leader cannot be effective without first understanding self. The Camp Joy experience allows each leader to test him/herself physically and mentally. It is an opportunity to explore one’s ability to engage in personal challenges and to be part of a team.

Communities of color, especially African Americans are dying from diseases that can be controlled or prevented, such as high rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity among other ailments. As leaders, the strain and stress of coping in stressful work environments, competing for promotions and raises, as well as, seeking majority community acceptance often places our personal health in jeopardy and we fall prey to the same illnesses that we find in other segments of our community. We cannot achieve or accomplish the simplest tasks if we are unhealthy. So we will explore Health & Wellness issues.

What is our history and how does it relate to our position as leaders today? Recent historical political and societal events have served as notice that citizens of color are still not judged solely by the content of their character, but that race is still a contributing factor. In spite of President Barack Obama’s success and election to the highest office in the land by people of all colors and ethnicities, there are still those who see President Obama’s race first. At the same time, many leaders of color have worked to move themselves beyond the restrictions imposed by others. You are to be celebrated. But, we are our brother and sister’s keepers and with that knowledge comes the responsibility to understand that the blessings that have been afforded you are not the same for all. Many people of color struggle in Cincinnati and in America. We will explore these historical and contemporary realities.

Module Two – Professional Development

The intent of the program is not to focus solely on professional development, but to also introduce participants to the issues/needs of the community. It is imperative, however, that we sharpen the leadership skills of the participants by tying the day’s topic into overall discussions of professional development and practical application. This requires examining those areas that influence and impact, how we behave as professionals, as leaders and as individuals with a responsibility to our families and our community. Together we will explore these concepts.

You’ve got the power! How do we recognize it, how do we use it and how do we use our power not only for self, but for the benefit of others?

Retirement is not that far away, no matter where you are in your journey. The questions are ones we all share in – one way or another: How do we plan now for the future? How do we begin to build generational wealth? How do we begin to achieve economic parity through our career aspirations or through our entrepreneurial aspirations?

Module Three – Discovery of Community

The very crux of the leadership program is to expose leaders to the needs of the community. At the same time, members of the program must also be able to articulate community needs to their employers, as well as, assist employers in determining their corporate commitments to the greater community. Time, talent and treasure become the footprints for our careers and our lifestyles as we address the needs of our community. Leaders must also position themselves to seek opportunities to articulate the needs of our community so that we may partner with others who will join us as we make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.


Just who do we think we are? The answer is simple – we are men and women who are leaders in every sense of the word. We have explored and discovered our personal hidden treasures and the treasures to be found in our community. We have also created within ourselves a greater understanding of the work that remains to be done. We’ve earned the right to celebrate!

Urban Leader Institute Alumni Are Everywhere!

Accenture JP Morgan Chase Bank
Accounting -Administrative Services & Consulting Keating, Muething & Klekamp
ADP Kellogg
African American Chamber of Commerce-GC/NKY KeyBank
AK Steel General Office L. A. Carr Communications
Alliance Data Company LAVERDAD Marketing & Media
American Express Financial Advisors Inc. LenParr Properties
Amylin Ohio LLC LexisNexis
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Livers Consultants
Arts Consortium of Cincinnati Lowe’s of Springdale #0760
Ashland Inc. Macedonia Living Word Fellowship Church
AT&T Macy’s Corporate, Inc.
AVAYA Technologies Macy’s Credit Card Services
Avon Products, Inc. MBJ Consultants
Bank of America Corporate Center McBride Research Labs
Bank One, N.A. MCI Worldcom
Ben’s House of Music Mercy Health Partners
Bristol Myers Squibb Messer Construction Company
Capital Equipment Contract Svcs. Global Sourcing Miami University
Catholic Healthcare Partners Miller Brewing Co
Cendant Hotel Group, Inc. National City
Center for Closing the Health Gap Newlife Outreach Church
Central State University Office of Congressman Steve Driehaus, OH-01
Check ‘N Go Office of Maternal & Infant Health
Children’s Hospital Medical Center Ohio Treasurer of State
Cincinnati Public Schools Ohio University
Cincinnati Bell Parks Accounting Services
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Patheon Pharmaceutical Inc.
Cincinnati Empowerment Corporation PNC Bank
Cincinnati Enquirer Pipefitters Local 392
Cincinnati Financial Corporation Primamerica Financial Services
Cincinnati Fire Department Project Nehemiah
Cincinnati Ham. Co. Community Action Agency Quest Management Consulting, LLC
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Quest Diagnostics
Cincinnati Police Department R. Kelly, Inc.
Cincinnati Reds RE/MAX Preferred Group
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Realities Hair & Nail Salon
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Red Cross
Cintas Corp. ReMax Preferred Group
Citi Bank Resident at Greystone
City of Blue Ash Roland D. West & Associates
City of Cincinnati Sara Lee Foods
City of Dayton Shriners Hospital for Children
Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton Sigma Capital, Inc.
Community Land CO-OP Smith Communication Solutions
Convergys Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority
Council & Associates Real Estate & Appraising Co. State of Ohio
Crossroads Community Church Strive
Dan Beard Council-Boy Scouts of America Structural Dynamics Research Corporation
d.e.foxx & Associates/XLC Services, LLC SuccessGuide Magazine/J.L. Tillman Ins. Agency
Deloitte T. Brown Consulting Group, LLC
Downtown Cincinnati Inc. Talbert House
Duke Energy The Abercrumbie Group
EEO & Labor Relations The Cincinnati Enquirer
E’Lon Cosmetics The GDLW Group
Emanuel Community Center The Home Ownership Center
Empirical Manufacturing Co., Inc. The Kroger Company
Environmental Protection Agency The Metro
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. The Procter and Gamble Company
Excellence in Motivation The Union Institute & University
Families Forward Thompson Hine & Flory
Federal Home Loan Toyota Motor Engineering & Mfg. N.A.
Federal Reserve Bank Tri-Health, Inc.
Fidelity Investments U.S. Bank
Fifth Third Bank Union Central Life Insurance Company
Fine Arts Fund United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. University Hospital
Four Seasons Travel University of Cincinnati
Frito Lay University of Phoenix
Frost Brown Todd LLC Uptown Consortium
Global Lead Management Consulting Urban League of Broward County
God’s Provisions Christian Resource Center Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Foundation Village of Woodlawn
Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Western Southern Enterprise
Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board Western Southern Life Insurance Company
Hamilton County Jobs & Family Services Wild Flavors, Inc.
Hamilton County Public Library Windgardner Hammoms-Holiday Inn
Hillshire Farms & Kahn’s WLWT Channel 5
Hobson’s Woodward Career Technical H.S.
Hunter & Assoc., LPA & TMH Media Group DBA Word of Fellowship Church
Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking Wrigley’s
Integrated WorkSpace Solutions Xavier University
Internal Revenue Service YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Jackson Law Office, LLC Zenith Logistics
Jostin Concrete Construction, Inc.  


We invite you and your company to enhance our region by joining us!

We look forward to your participation.  Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed in this application package.

These Companies are Transformational Supporters of the Urban League’s Corporate Heritage Annual Giving Program.