Board Governance Program


The Fels Institute of Government and DiverseForce are proud to partner together to offer the Board Governance Program, providing the training necessary for leaders of color to achieve greater effectiveness as organizational leaders while making a social impact.

Learn more about DiverseForce and the Fels Governance Program.

Click here to apply.

Ideal candidates are current or emerging senior leaders of color from public, private, or nonprofit sectors seeking to achieve greater effectiveness as an organizational leader while making a social impact.

The program is a blend of live-learning, networking activities, supplemental experiences, and online resources. The cohort meets once per month for 4 hours at the University of Pennsylvania's campus in University City

6 required courses over a period of 7 months. 

  • September 8, 2017
  • October 13, 2017
  • November 10, 2017
  • January 12, 2018
  • February 9, 2018
  • March 16, 2018

Total Program tuition including all 6 courses is $5,000. Course materials, online learning fees, and lunches are included.

Fall 2017 (September) - Application will be available April 2017

Applicants must have the following prerequisites

  1. A bachelors degree
  2. At least 4 years of leadership experience in public, private, or nonprofit sector
  3. Currently serving on a nonprofit board or willing to serve on a nonprofit board
  4. Willingness to be a champion for diversity, inclusion, and equity

There are more than 9,000 nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. All are governed by boards of directors, drawn from members of the public. In addition, municipal, state, and federal governments appoint thousands of citizens to serve the public good on their many agencies, boards, and commissions. However, a disconnect remains between who sits on these boards and the demographic make-up of the constituents they serve.

DiverseForce directly addresses this challenge with a board matching program that facilitates the placement of qualified professional of color in governance roles on nonprofit organizations and public agencies, boards, and commissions.

Our program provides:

  • Board governance training, certification and matching for individuals seeking to achieve greater effectiveness as an organizational leader while making a social impact.
  • “Off-the-job” leadership development training opportunities for companies looking to provide professional/leadership development opportunities for their high potential diverse talent.
  • Board matching for nonprofit organizations and public agencies, boards, and commissions looking for qualified diverse professionals.
  • Sulaiman Rahman - CEO of DiverseForce, LLC
  • Michael Banks - President/CEO of African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE
  • Sharana Worsley - President of National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) - Philadelphia Chapter
  • Kevin Harden - President of The Barrister Association of Philadelphia, Inc
  • Rautz Marc - President of national Association of Black Accounts (NABA) - Philadelphia Chapter
  • Melony Roy - President of Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ)
  • Christopher Lopez - Regional VP of National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR)
  • Kimberly S. Reed - CEO of Reed Development Group 

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829