July 23rd, 2009
12:07 PM ET

Minority execs ready to step up and lead

Program Note: In CNN's Black in America 2, Soledad O'Brien reports on the innovative and unexpected ways people are transforming the black experience by confronting the most difficult issues facing their community. Tune in on Thursday, July 23 at 8 p.m.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/23/art.bia2.mia.jpg caption="Mia Jackson is a recent graduate of Rice's Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a program that trains future minority leaders in business."]

John Rice
Special to CNN

President Obama has challenged all Americans to participate in the volunteer service movement and to support initiatives that help solve the problems that plague our communities.

He recently introduced the Social Innovation Fund, intended to help increase the impact of the most effective and innovative nonprofits in our communities. This is a tremendous step in the right direction, but in order to expand these initiatives, we need a broader pool of leaders with a deep understanding of the communities they are serving and who have the skills, experience and relationships required to succeed in leadership roles.

According to the Bridgespan Group, a leading nonprofit consulting firm, the number of vacant senior manager roles in the nonprofit arena is ever increasing, with 24,000 positions available in 2009 alone. Over the next 10 years, this sector will need to attract and develop more than two times the number of people currently employed in order to fill these roles. This next generation of leaders must come from within the communities that struggle most, as these leaders are the most passionate about making change and have the most to gain if successful.

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  1. Charles

    Thank you Mia for allowing others into your world, a world filled with numerous other individuals who happen to be minorities wanting to not just change America but run and rule America as top Corporate leaders. This may make some intimidated and even scared, but hey, they will get use to it just like they will have to get use to having a Black President of the free world. To all the MLT students dust off them haters while you emerge to the top as the new face of Corporate America with ah lil swag. LOL

    July 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  2. George Garcia

    I may seem blunt, but in this day and age I do not think that we need this kind of reporting. I am an inmigrant myself and to this day I feel fortunate that my parents made the decision to bring their children to this great country; however I have never looked back to my roots in order to measure my level of success, I have simply relied on my parents teachings and I am sorry, my goal is not to offend anyone, but HELLO is this the country of opportunity or what? I also want to add that I agree with Bill Cosby, everyone's success regardless of race comes from your upbringing given at HOME, and not third parties, if you doubt this statement ask our commander in chief, Mr. Obama. We just simply have to stop entertaining any kind of argument or excuse as to why someone is not succesful on their personal life.

    July 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  3. writertracy

    Manage what? Lead what business endeavor? Who's paying? Where are they going to work? Groomed and ready, with nowhere to go. Let me know if I'm wrong. Looking forward to hearing word from the top, leading & placed in a company, not just poised to lead.

    July 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm |