Enhancing Career Success for People Who Are Blind
NIB’s award-winning 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 five professional development tracks:
Business Essentials is training that is delivered virtually and teaches participants how to make business decisions and deal with market dynamics as they experience changing competitive environments. Three components provide a challenging learning experience: (1) a simulation about business, decision-making, and entrepreneurship, (2) courses that help participants prepare for the simulation experience, and (3) working in teams using business analysis, teamwork, and leadership skills. Business Essentials provides a comprehensive view of organizational operations, so participants come to understand how decisions and actions impact the business in a competitive environment.
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.
Effective Supervision: Making an Impact
Effective Supervision develops participants’ abilities to perform supervisory jobs with greater productivity, effectiveness
Effective Supervision targets high-potential employees of NIB and NIB associated agencies who are blind and have career goals aligned with supervision and management. Participants will be applying enhanced leadership, teamwork and decision-making skills back on the job, while earning a Certificate of Achievement from NIB.
Emerging Professionals, a new track in NIB’s Business Leaders Program, is an onsite, hands-on professional development program that targets high-potential employees who are legally blind for career progression. It is customized, meeting the professional development needs of each participant. The program is most beneficial for employees who have mastered their current positions and are ready to expand job tasks and responsibilities, and lead others.
The Emerging Professionals program is held at each participant’s place of employment and takes 8-12 months to complete.
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 managerial positions in the NIB network of associated nonprofit agencies and the broader business communities.
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 focuses on 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.
For questions or to discuss any of the Business Leaders Program tracks, please contact Karen Pal, program director, Business Leaders Program, at 703-310-0515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.