The Executive Leadership Council Leadership Institute

   The Executive Leadership Council Institute for Leadership Development & Research has compiled a census of the most comprehensive data available of African Americans on corporate boards. A briefing of the census data will be held Thursday, February 17, 2005, from 9:30 -10:30 AM in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW.
      The Institute’s 2004 Census of African-American Directors on Fortune 500 Corporate Boards of Directors benchmarks key findings related to African-American corporate directors. Census findings highlight:
     – Fortune 500 companies and industries with the highest and lowest representation of African-American directors
     – Geographic and regional trends
     – Number and percentage of directors by Fortune rank Gender representation
     – A listing of African-American directors on Fortune 500 boards
     At the briefing, The Executive Leadership Council President Carl Brooks and Institute Executive Director Dennis Dowdell, Jr. will be joined by corporate leaders and Census researchers, Erika Hayes James, Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, the University of Virginia, Lynn Perry Wooten, Clinical Assistant Professor of Corporate Strategy & International Business and Management & Organizations, University of Michigan, and BP North America President Ross Pillari to present findings. BP is founding sponsor of the Institute.
     The Census -which will be updated every two years -is the latest metric in The Executive Leadership Council’s efforts to help corporations assess corporate inclusion efforts and make the business case for diversity. Pro Mosaic II, a diversity assessment tool developed by The Executive Leadership Council, has been affirmed by corporate CEOs and used by companies to benchmark diversity in five business and leadership areas.
     With more than 300 members representing some 200 companies, The Executive Leadership Council is the nation’s premier organization of the most senior African-American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies. The Institute for Leadership Development & Research is an initiative of The Executive Leadership Council created to help African American high potential and senior business executives achieve breakthrough performance in global leadership. The full report will be available on The ELC website at <>