BIPOC Leadership Institute

We Invite You to Apply

Applications are open from February 1, 2024, to March 15, 2024.

The Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Leadership Institute (BLI) is a 10-month intensive and targeted program intended to cultivate an expanded generation of BIPOC housing and community development leaders in Virginia.

In the housing and community development sector, practitioners of color face enduring underrepresentation, a historical pattern persisting to this day. This disparity extends to leadership roles, reflecting systemic challenges such as discrimination, limited connections, capacity constraints, and a dearth of available opportunities.

BLI cohorts will include 15 participants who are mid-career professionals in the housing and community development space across the Commonwealth. Participants will engage in a 10-month experience, managed by the Virginia Housing Alliance, that leverages training, coaching, and peer support to help them foster and grow leadership skills and create a career development plan to catalyze their leadership trajectory. 

BLI sessions will include both in-person sessions that will last for two days and virtual sessions that last from two to four hours. Sessions will occur throughout the Commonwealth. BLI participants also will complete five one-on-one coaching sessions as part of the program. A key component of the BLI experience will be each participant’s completion of a three-to-five-year career development plan that outlines training, opportunities, and networking efforts to support their move towards executive leadership.

VHA will manage the BLI program and utilize the organization’s extensive expertise in professional development, education, and capacity building. The program will be led by Ebony Walden Consulting, a Richmond-based equity focused consulting firm and supplemented with support from presenters and individual coaching for each of the program participants.

BLI participants also will receive coaching and mentoring support from established housing and community development practitioners of color.

What To Expect

  • An engaging and intensive experience designed to improve the support, skills, network, and executive leadership readiness of mid-career housing and community development professionals of color.
  • 10 sessions, including three in-person sessions (two-day) and seven virtual sessions (2 – 4 hours)
  • 5 one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Creation of a three-to-five-year career development plan
  • Networking opportunities with peers and established housing leaders
  • Lots of learning as well as professional and personal growth
  • Fun and engaging experiences
  • 2 hours of pre-work, reflection, or preparation between sessions
  • Completion of a 360 leadership assessment

Program Dates and Times

In-person sessions will be 12-6pm Thursday and 9-5 on Friday. Virtual sessions will occur on Thursdays monthly from 9-1pm.

Program dates are below:

  • June 13-14 (In person/Richmond)
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 24-25 (In person/Charlottesville)
  • November 21
  • December 19
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 27-28 (In person/Lynchburg)

Reasons to Apply

  1. Supercharge your career trajectory for executive leadership
  2. Develop leadership skills and competency
  3. One-on-one coaching and mentoring opportunities
  4. Expand your network with housing and community development leaders
  5. Create connections and support systems with peers

Program Cost

The program cost to participate is $2,500 per participant. Scholarships and payment plans are available for individuals who need additional support.


Please feel free to email Brian Koziol or Ebony Walden for more information.

We encourage interested parties to attend a virtual information session on Wednesday, February 14th at 1pm. The session will be recorded, and a link posted here. Register for the upcoming information session.