The African American Board Leadership Institute strengthens nonprofit, public and private organizations through recruiting, preparing, and assisting with the placement of African Americans on a broad range of governing boards.


Professionals contribute their unique perspectives, experience and insight to the successful governance of organizations.


AABLI recruits and prepares African Americans for leadership roles on a broad range of governing boards.


We aim to increase active participation of African Americans on governing boards.


Diversity gives institutions the opportunity to be better aligned with the communities they serve, improve decision-making and expand networks of dedicated talent.

Public Boards and Commissions Training

The Public Boards and Commissions Training was designed to train
AABLI Alumni on the state, county and/or city commissions process. 

AABLI Board Leadership Program

AABLI’s Board Leadership Program prepares professionals for board placement and sharpen their board skills. This two-day intensive program is taught by individuals in academia, nonprofit and business professions.

Our next session is:

April 6-7, 2018

AABLI Corporate Directors Initiative

AABLI-CDI is a leadership development and networking program focused on the preparation of African American professionals for the corporate boardroom.

The Value of AABLI

For Individuals

AABLI offers business professionals training, guidance, and opportunities in their pursuit of board leadership.  Alumni and experienced board members can benefit from our continuing education courses, webinars, invitations to guest speakers series, and valuable networking events.

For Organizations

Many boards lack diversity and tend to elect individuals who share the same personal networks. This potentially limits opportunities to reach beyond their boundaries. AABLI helps organizations diversify and find qualified African American candidates to serve on their boards.