Leadership Development

Michiana Diversity Leadership Initiative (MDLI)

MDLI is an endeavor to create effective community leaders. Through an interactive educational curriculum, the program is designed to train, motivate, and empower underrepresented populations to act as servant leaders in the community.

Outcomes include preparing participants to act as active and effective organizations leaders, board members and advocates for community initiatives. Our goal is to build a community that strengthens the economic, educational, and leadership development in Michiana.

MDLI program is for participants (19-39 yrs. old). Class begins each year in April. Registration begins in January. If you are interested, please contact us at www.100blackmenofsouthbend.org

The 100 Black Men are pleased to partner with the following organizations to deliver the program.
•Memorial Hospital of St. Joseph County
•Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka
•Indiana University South Bend
•Ivy Tech College
•Notre Dame
•St. Joseph Regional Hospital
•Bethel College

Michiana Diversity Leadership Initiative (MDLI): Step Up to Leadership Program

Next Session Starts In April 2016

Step Up to Leadership is a hands-on learning experience. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences with the group so that each person can learn from the successes (and failures) of others. Incorporating these individual experiences, the instructor uses various techniques to help facilitate resolutions to real-life problems.

Step Up to Leadership is looking for:
•People who are willing to assume the responsibilities of board membership
•People who want to work well in groups and develop strong working partnerships
•People striving to be good leaders
Our Goals:
•Understand board responsibilities, the parliamentary procedure, running a community meeting and public speaking tips
•Understand themselves and others
•Learn how to build strong relationships in a safe and fun environment
Institutional Partners:
•Memorial Hospital of South Bend
•Indiana University South Bend
•University of Notre Dame
•Ivy Tech Community College
•Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
•Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka
•St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
•Bethel College

This program is offered for $100 to people who are interested in making a difference in their communities and willing to commit to attending all 12 sessions. Each session is 2½ hours long and includes a light meal. Sessions take place on one evening per week from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Locations will vary from week to week.

Step Up To Leadership is an initiative of 100 Black men of Greater South Bend, Inc. For more information, please call Arnold Sallie at 574-271-9799.

Session 1: Come As You Are

  • Program orientation
  • Value of grassroots participation
  • Diversity and team building
  • Self-awareness and empowerment

Session 2: Planning For Your Passion

  • Identifying your passion and where to make your community contribution
  • Setting goals, exploring values, and identifying personal strengths
  • Importance of a vision
Session 3: Team Up
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Phases of group dynamics
  • Explore power and trust
Session 4: Understanding Diversity
  • Deeper understanding of diversity
  • Social perpetuation of injustice
  • Methods to combat prejudice and institutionalize injustice
Session 5: Embracing Diversity
  • Building relationships for an inclusive community
  • Identifying and respecting uniqueness
  • The importance of effective communication
Session 6: All Aboard: The Legalities
  • How nonprofits work
  • Understanding legal standards board members must follow
  • Roles and responsibilities for board members
Session 7: All Aboard: The Practicalities
  • How to be an effective board member
  • How to review budgets and financial reports
  • Preparing to join a board
Session 8: Meeting Manners and Matters
  • How to plan and conduct meetings
  • Basics of parliamentary procedure as explained in Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Understanding the importance of meeting decorum
Session 9: Conflict as Opportunity
  • Understanding conflict
  • Anger management
  • Process for resolving conflict
Session 10: Speak Up, Speak Out
  • Tips to speak effectively and persuasively
  • Types of speeches
  • Impromptu public speaking
Session 11: Resumé Writing & Social Networking
  • Writing a resumé
  • Social networking for career advancement
Session 12: Stepping Out
  • Celebrate your learning experience
  • Make a commitment to public service and leadership


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who should participate?

People under the age of 40 that possess a desire to cultivate their leadership skills, capacities, and roles within the community.

How much does it cost?

Small tuition fee of $100 for the 12 week program. A complimentary meal will be served at each session.

When and where are the sessions conducted?

The sessions are conducted by college professors or seasoned professionals at the host convener's campus or office headquarters on one evening per week from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

When are the sessions scheduled to start?

Sessions begin in April and will continue for 12 weeks.

How to apply?

Download an Application
Please submit your resumé and application to the following: info@BlackMenofSouthBend.org. Applications for the April session will be accepted through March 31.

Please do not hesitate to contact us (574-271-9799) if you have any questions or would like more information.

100 Black Men of Greater South Bend
Education Committee
2043 South Bend Ave., PMB 345
South Bend, IN 46637


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