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MCCC & NJ Black Women’s Collective Partner on New Leadership Institute

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and the New Jersey Black Women’s Collective (NJBWC) announced they will launch a program designed to cultivate and develop the next generation of Black women leaders, the new NJBWC Leadership Institute, on March 15 at MCCC’s West Windsor Campus. It will run from March through June 2024.

A steering committee that includes members of NJBWC, executives from MCCC, and MCCC President Dr. Deborah E. Preston will serve as the planning board for the Leadership Institute.

“Tremendous opportunities can be created through education, and I applaud the NJBWC for launching this exciting new initiative,” Preston said. “We are proud to be their partner.”

Developed for emerging leaders in any sector, the Leadership Institute is designed to help participants gain the skills and strategies needed to address current problems in real time, actualize their skilled vision, and build effectiveness, while developing a talent pipeline for Black women leaders in New Jersey.

The Leadership Institute will launch with a welcome reception for participants on March 15, followed by 14 intensive curated sessions led by keynote speaker and facilitator Melody M. Fogarty, managing partner and chief business strategist, Dakota Gray, LLC. The program will conclude with the presentation of capstone projects presented by Leadership Institute participants.

The curriculum will feature Black women executives, senior leaders, and guest speakers as presenters and experts in numerous fields, including business and finance, corporate strategy, marketing and communications, and politics and government. Specific topics include Decoding Your Leadership EQ; Strategic Mindset; Think Like a CFO; Marketing: The Creative Journey; Applying Leadership to Fulfill Your Mission; Power Structure and Little “p” in Politics; Creating High Impact Coalitions; and Wellness Treat. The Leadership Institute will be hosted on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus.

Guest speakers for the inaugural series include Pastor Tiffany Williams Brewer, Esq., assistant professor of law and chair of NJ State Commission of Investigations; Corein Carter, CEO CultureMakers I.N.C.; Michellene Davis, Esq., president and CEO, National Medical Fellowships; Brenda Ross Dulan,managing principal, Ross Dulan Group; John Harmon, president and CEO, African Chamber of Commerce NJ; Natalya Johnson, senior counsel, Johnson & Johnson; Jeannine LaRue, lobbyist and public affairs executive; Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq., CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide; Maggie Moran, strategy consultant; and Paula Taylor, owner of Arlee’s Raw Blends in Princeton.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to help shape and grow the next generation of Black women leaders through the Leadership Institute,” said Tennille R. McCoy, NJBWC co-founder and chair of the Leadership Institute. “Having the right skills is one of the keys to success, and that begins with having the support and guidance of those who have walked the path. We are fortunate to have assembled such a distinguished group of mentors and senior leaders to serve as guides on this journey.”

The deadline for applications to the Leadership Institute is Feb. 23. For more information or to apply, visit: www.mccc.edu/njbwc.

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