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.