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 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.
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.
Participants maintain their current positions and continue to meet job requirements while learning new skills and carrying out new responsibilities carved out of existing schedules. Human resources personnel and participants’ managers provide coaching and educational support to increase workplace knowledge and ability.
Effective Supervision develops participants’ abilities to perform supervisory jobs with greater productivity, effectiveness
Effective Supervision was delivered to 72 participants in 2011 through 2017. The 2019 Effective Supervision Class will begin in April 2019 with graduation scheduled for October 2019.
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.