Emerging Leaders

the team

Beca Velázquez-Publes
Emerging Leaders Strategist

Transformational
Leaders Program

Leadership Development
Developing Transformational Leaders

Since 2013, the Transformational Leaders Program (TLP) has delivered group training and one-on-one career coaching to established and emerging Black and Latinx leaders. TLP is the only regional cross-cultural and cross-sector leadership development program unapologetically designed for professionals of color. With over 150 alumni, TLP leaders are radically changing the community landscape as influencers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, givers in grassroots movements as well as civic and voluntary board service, and engaged residents of metro Grand Rapids.

Applications for the program typically open and close in August. The program begins in the fall with an orientation, meets for meets one afternoon a month and concludes with a graduation celebration in May. Participants must receive a sign off from their employer and submit a recommendation form with their application. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date with application information, program and other network updates.

Mastermind Series

According to Forbes, A mastermind group is designed to help leaders navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others. Mastermind sessions are designed to facilitate personal and professional growth, mentoring, social connections, and strategy rooted in collective wisdom. The Urban Core Collective [UCC] is committed to elevating the voices, talents, leadership, and voice of leaders of color. Mastermind sessions provide trusted spaces for unabridged dialogue, professional development and learning using ancestral communication styles, and multigenerational transfer of knowledge.

Refuel Roadtrips

These events are designed to help professionals of color navigate challenges using the collective wisdom of others. You can expect these sessions to facilitate personal and professional growth, mentoring, social connections and strategy making.

TLP Graduation Celebration

The successful completion of another class of the Transformational Leaders Program is a great reason to celebrate! Over 150 strong, the TLP network is radically changing the community landscape.

Annual Holiday Mixer

This end of year celebration centers us in fellowship, food and entertainment. There is no other party that serves businesses and communities of color like this!

Connect with our network

The talented #UCC and #TLP networks are varied in industry, expertise and interest. If you want to get your opportunity in front of this group, you can post and chat in our community forum.

Past Projects

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