Through IMPACT, the Chicago Urban League strives to move the needle toward racial parity in leadership positions by developing and supporting emerging African American leaders. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business serves as the educational partner for IMPACT. Members of Booth’s world-renowned faculty provide high-level instruction in topic areas such as business ethics, negotiations, decision-making, and interpersonal dynamics. In addition, Booth hosts the program’s monthly sessions at its Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. The intensive, nine-month program begins in September and provides our Fellows with a broad knowledge base, keen insight, and sharpened perspective that will augment their effectiveness as leaders.

Eligibility: African-American or Black with a minimum of seven years of progressive work experience, age 30-45 and three years of civic leadership experience

Competency Alignment

Influences others to positive action: Fellows develop skills focused on effective community engagement, and utilizing their unique leadership styles to lead their organizations.

Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact: Fellows develop a leadership action plan that will guide them through the next steps of their professional advancement, and help them map out strategies for effective community engagement.

Fosters trusting relationships to enable productive change: The Impact program was created to facilitate an intergenerational transfer of experience and knowledge. Fellows learn the importance of relationship building from one on one mentorship with senior leaders.

Adapts and shows resilience to create solutions: Fellows witness accounts of resilience and perseverance through attending a speaker series featuring senior leaders from the Chicago area, who share their challenges, triumphs and lessons learned in their career.