Fourth BIPOC Emerging Arts Leaders Cohort Application Now Open!

A Fourth cohort offering free professional leadership coaching for emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) arts managers is now available from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) in partnership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Metro DC Chapter! Launched in September, 2021, the BIPOC Emerging Leaders Coaching Cohort (BELCC) seeks to augment professional development for up-and-coming arts and humanities leaders of color in and around Montgomery County by inspiring them to maximize their personal goals and professional potential.  

“Strengthening the pipeline of talented leaders of color sets up both our emerging BIPOC arts managers and local cultural institutions for success”, says Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council. “BELCC is an intentional investment in the leadership of BIPOC arts and humanities managers intended to empower future leaders that better reflect the incredible diversity of Montgomery County residents.”  

“At the International Coaching Foundation DC Metro Chapter (ICF Metro DC), we believe that time spent with a one-on-one coach is a valuable investment with results that can last a lifetime,” said D. Marlene Thomas, ICF Metro DC Chapter President.  ”AHCMC and ICF Metro DC share a common vision to support diversity and equity. Leadership coaching was once reserved for top executives; and one of the goals of the pro-bono initiative in our chapter is to have new leaders have access to the power of coaching. We are excited to partner with AHCMC as they enhance the careers of up-and-coming arts and humanities leaders of color.” 

Applicants must be in the first five years of their career or the first five years of a new position to qualify. Preference will be given to Montgomery County residents and employees, but all those living and working in the DMV metro region are encouraged to apply. More information on the BIPOC Emerging Leaders Cohort can be found on our website,