The Advanced Leadership Institute Scholarships
The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition (PLDIC) Scholarships for The Advanced Leadership Institute (TALI)
The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition (PLDIC) is announcing the creation of scholarship opportunities with The Advanced Leadership Institute (TALI) in order to fulfill the PLDIC’s mission of increasing the number of diverse professionals in the Pittsburgh legal community.
TALI’s mission is to cultivate Black executive leadership to strengthen companies, institutions, and communities. TALI started in 2016 in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to create an executive leadership academy to educate, develop, and position Black leaders for meaningful advancement in corporate and community roles to address the lack of Black executive management in Pittsburgh’s corporations.
TALI and the PLDIC recognize the need to promote and retain more Black leaders in our Pittsburgh law firms and legal departments. In fact, in the American Bar Association’s recent Profile of the Legal Profession, Pittsburgh is highlighted for having the lowest percentage of shareholders of color – less than 3% of partners in Pittsburgh (2.88%) are lawyers of color.
In collaboration with TALI, the PLDIC created the following scholarship opportunities for PLDIC member employees:
- One $16,000 scholarship for the Executive Leadership Academy
- One $8,000 for the Emerging Leaders Program
The Executive Leadership Academy is for Black leaders with at least 10 years of work experience and with demonstrated leadership and a desire to achieve professional excellence.
The Emerging Leaders Program is for future Black leaders with a minimum of 3-5 years of professional work experience, and can be either strong individual contributors with supervisory aspirations or those in managerial positions who are growing in the leadership phase of their career.
Recipients of a PLDIC TALI Scholarship must be admitted to either TALI program and be employed by a PLDIC member organization. Preference shall be given to individuals from PLDIC member organizations who are unable to financially sponsor their employee’s TALI tuition.
In addition to the scholarship, PLDIC TALI Scholars will be introduced to the PLDIC members through the PLDIC newsletter, social media, and at the PLDIC Annual Members Meeting. As more Black leaders are named PLDIC TALI Scholars, the PLDIC will develop an alumni network for the recipients.