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Business Leaders Program

Enhancing Career Success for People Who Are Blind

NIB’s unique Business Leaders Program was launched in 2003 to prepare individuals who are blind for careers in business, by providing educational and employment opportunities through professional development. The Business Leaders Program offers six professional development tracks:


Effective Supervision: Leading the Way

NIB has opened the application process for Effective Supervision: Leading the Way.

Effective Supervision targets high-potential employees of NIB and NIB associated agencies who are blind and have demonstrated supervisory and leadership capacity. The program develops participants' abilities to perform their jobs more productively and effectively and prepares them for ever-increasing levels of responsibility.

Application deadline: January 9, 2019.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Effective Supervision.

Click here for the Effective Supervision Participant Application Form.

Click here for the Effective Supervision Recommendation Form.

Business Management Training

Business Management Training (BMT) is a 15-month program that develops critical business perspective and management abilities, taught by George Mason University (GMU) at their Arlington Campus in Metro Washington D.C.

BMT targets qualified, high-potential employees of NIB and NIB associated agencies who are blind and demonstrate leadership potential. Throughout the five on-location classroom sessions, participants build critical skills while earning a Certificate in Management from GMU Business School.

BMT class of 2019 began in September 2018 -- graduation is slated for September 2019.

Emerging Professionals

Emerging Professionals is an onsite, hands-on professional development model that targets high-potential employees who are legally blind for job progression. This competency-based program works in partnership with NIB associated agencies - it is implemented by the agency while resourced by NIB. The program is customized to meet the professional development needs of each participant.

At the participant's place of employment, Emerging Professionals supports upward mobility through job enhancement and readiness. The program shapes participant's productivity, overall performance, interpersonal skills, and agency-wide acumen for the position and career track they are currently in.

Click here to see what people are saying about Emerging Professionals in NIB’s Opportunity magazine.

Click here to read the Emerging Professionals Fact Sheet.

Business Basics

These convenient, self-paced distance learning courses focus on entry-level business and workplace concepts, providing practical skills for immediate use.  NIB, in partnership with The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, delivers courses useful to everyone seeking greater understanding of business fundamentals as well as skills that enhance employee effectiveness. They are free and open to anyone who is visually impaired and meets Hadley’s eligibility requirements. Also, you will earn certificates of completion.

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Fellowship for Leadership Development

This dynamic program combines business-focused, on-the-job experience with professional development activities. Legally blind individuals are selected based on experience, competence, academic achievement, motivation, references and interviews.

Successful fellows have landed professional and upwardly mobile professional managerial positions in the broader business community and the NIB network of associated nonprofit agencies.

Leaders At All Levels

Leaders At All Levels is on-site training that focuses on fundamental skills and qualities that enhance workplace effectiveness throughout NIB's network of associated agencies. The training has something for everyone in the areas of interpersonal communication and teamwork, with the benefit of enhancing effectiveness and morale.

Sessions incorporate videos, discussion and small group exercises to build skill sets for nearly everyone. There is no cost to the agency – NIB provides the materials and the instructor. 

Contact Us

For questions or to discuss any of the Business Leaders Program tracks, please contact Karen Pal, Program Director, at 703-310-0515 or