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BlackTechExec, powered by ITSMF, is a professional development and resource hub for Black technology professionals who aspire to become influential executives that lead positive change within their organizations, their communities, and around the world.

It is also a place where existing #BlackTechExecs can find an incredibly supportive community that re-energizes and uplifts them, while also making space to be their most authentic selves.

The percentage of Black executives in the technology industry remains woefully small, which is why we’re passionately committed to cultivating the growth and development of Black technology executives across the spectrum—from college mentoring to the C-suite to paid board placements.

ITSMF’s Work is Vital to Increasing Parity

According to the 2023 McKinsey article, “Building up Black Tech Talent,” “only 3 percent of technology executives in the C-suite are Black, and that gap is likely to widen over the next decade.”

And Fortune reported earlier this month that Black CEO representation on the Fortune 500 only totals eight Black CEOs, or 1.6%, and that represents a near-record high.

But ITSMF creates barrier-free opportunities and initiatives that feed the mind, body, and soul. In 2023 alone:

  • 170 brilliant minds graduated from the Leaders of Color Program.
  • We welcomed 100 visionary leaders into the ITSMF family, as new members.
  • Nearly 180 leaders graduated from ITSMF’s Global Institute for Professional Development with over 1,000 alumni
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ITSMF prepares individuals to become empowered, effective #BlackTechExecs.
As a catalyst to create barrier-free opportunities and initiatives,
we offer the following specialized programs to support #BlackTechExec growth:

Speakers’ Bureau

ITSMF speakers represent the most influential leaders and area experts who are transforming the landscape of technology, business, and communities. Showcase your #BlackTechExec expertise by joining our Speakers’ Bureau.

Membership into the ITSMF Family

As an Executive or Associate Member, you join culturally-aware business leaders who embody visionary leadership, a global mindset, and a passion for family, community, and social activism.

ITSMF College Mentoring Program

This program pairs experienced, enthusiastic Mentors with students pursuing similar technology disciplines to help safeguard their academic journey and encourage excellence in students’ collegiate and professional endeavors.

ITSMF Foundation

Through our foundation, ITSMF is closing the STEM gap and diversifying the technology workforce. We invest in tomorrow’s leaders by eliminating the obstacles that people of color and women face. Gifts to the ITSMF Foundation directly underwrite programs and vital opportunities for traditionally underserved populations on the road to becoming tomorrow’s tech leaders.

ITSMF Founders

Our 14 founders including 5 women—most of whom were CIOs of major corporations at a time when few Black professionals held these roles—were pioneers whose vision to increase the number of Black technology executives sparked an organization dedicated to reaching, teaching, and nurturing technology professionals.

ITSMF Fellows

Being selected as a Fellow is the highest honor ITSMF bestows on any member and is an homage to our Founders’ legacy. ITSMF Fellows are recognized executive leaders of Fortune 50 or 100 companies, serve on the boards of national, public companies, and have a minimum 10-year history of engagement, stewardship, and leadership with ITSMF.

Global Institute
for Professional Development

The GIPD is comprised of the following programs, each designed to support #BlackTechExecs in ways tailored to their needs and desired career trajectory:

ITSMF Executive Academy

This nine-month, holistic executive development program helps senior-level technology professionals hone their leadership mindset to optimize results at the enterprise level. Experienced cohort advisors mentor participants to help them successfully navigate the executive landscape and create impactful results.

ITSMF Management Academy

The management program connects mid-level technology professionals to resources that fully develop their management skills and emotional intelligence and offers unfettered access to industry executives who guide their personal and professional growth.


The EMERGE Academy elevates mid- to senior-level women of color by linking them to a trusted community that helps them refine their authentic voices, hone their professional skills, and demonstrate self-assured leadership in any challenge faced.


This entrepreneurship academy empowers and inspires the nation’s Black technology entrepreneurs to succeed in today’s competitive landscape by increasing business visibility, revenue potential, and personal fulfillment.

ITSMF Board Bound Academy

This two-year, virtual program prepares high-potential IT executives for the next step in their leadership and career development—successful, compensated board service.

ITSMF Leaders of Colors

This structured, yet highly interactive, program convenes 25-30 emerging leaders within their own organization to address critical development areas that often present the most challenges for leaders of color.

If you’re ready to uplevel your career, connect with motivated professionals and change leaders, and join a family that truly cares about YOU, contact us to learn how we can support your development.

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