The Board Leadership Programs (BLP) are leadership development courses focused on preparing African American professionals for positions on governing boards. Two courses in the series, BLP 101 and BLP 201 provide the foundation and expertise for effective organizational governance.

New! BLP 101

The AABLI Board Leadership Program 101 is an introduction to board governance. It is designed for those African American professionals with no   or limited experience serving on a governing board, or those who seek a “refresher” on board governance.  Participants are presented with the foundation of board governance for nonprofit entities.

The one-day program includes a combination of presentation, group discussion and problem-solving. BLP 101 is designed as an introduction to BLP 201.

Course content includes:

  • Overview of Board Governance Opportunities
  • Overview of Nonprofit/Charitable Organizations
  • Introduction to Board Governance
  • Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members
  • Changing Realities for Boards
  • Panel Discussion

To be notified of our next BLP101 class, please contact us.

BLP 201

The AABLI Board Leadership Program 201 offers a deep-dive into governance responsibilities. It is designed for those African American professionals who have or currently serve on boards and commissions and who want to better understand and handle the responsibilities of board leadership. Participants will focus on developing understanding of board development, management roles, and strategic issues.

The two-day program includes group discussions, exercises, case studies and problem-solving.  Participants receive toolkits and materials to help increase their effectiveness as organizational leaders.  Workshop modules are led by seasoned academic and governance professionals, who bring practical experience to illustrate the content. BLP 201 is designed as a prerequisite to BLP 301, the Corporate Development Initiative (CDI) an introduction to corporate board governance.

Course content includes:

  • Strategies for Effective Board Leadership
  • Board Governance and Roles
  • Organizational Finance
  • Fundraising and Resource Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluations and Succession Planning
  • Introduction to Corporate Directors Initiative (CDI)

All participants who successfully complete BLP 201 are eligible to receive assistance with placement on a governing board or commission.

Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, 2018
University of Redlands | Burbank Campus
333 N. Glenoaks Blvd., 6th Floor
Burbank, CA 91502

Deadline to Register is Monday, March 26, 2018

New! BLP 101


An introduction to board governance, this program is designed for those professionals with little or no board experience. The content covers board governance roles and responsibilities, as described above and serves as an introduction to BLP 201.

Participants will receive:

  • One full-day of course instructions
  • Pre-course homework
  • All program course materials

BLP 201


Designed for those professionals with board experience, this program offers a deep-dive into governance responsibilities, as described above.

Participants will receive:

  • Two full days of course instructions
  • All program course materials
  • Professional head shot
  • AABLI lapel pin
  • Board placement assistance
  • Certificate in Board Governance

Cancellation Policy

  1. All BLP cancellations must be submitted in writing to AABLI at
  2. All refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee.
  3. No refunds 30 days prior to the BLP start date.

Please note:

AABLI reserves the right to cancel training courses at any time. In the unlikely event that your training course does not take place, we will make every effort to offer you an alternative date to take the course or refund the full cost of the training.

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