Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers

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Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers

High-performing businesses are able to not only build a diverse workforce, but they are able to effectively leverage talent to fully realize diverse perspectives. Part of leveraging diverse talent involves partnering with suppliers that understand how to lead and motivate others to achieve common goals, communicate strategies effectively, and make sound financial decisions. Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers (ALP) provides an executive development opportunity for diverse business owners to enhance their leadership and business acumen to strengthen and grow their business.

Designed with Merck in collaboration with Diversity Alliance for Science (DA4S), this experiential development program is focused on application and supported by evidenced-based research and practitioner-industry experience. Participants have an opportunity to engage with faculty, their peers and Merck organizational leaders in thought-provoking, facilitated discussion that enhances self-reflection and personal development while building relationships across the broader community network.

Who should apply for Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers (ALP)?

This program benefits executive-level employees, CEO’s and diverse business owners within the life science, pharmaceutical, biotech or healthcare corporation industries.

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Program Requirements:

  • Applicants considered will be executive-level employees and/or owners of diverse businesses, including disability-owned; LGBTQ-owned; minority-owned; veteran-owned; service-disabled veteran-owned; small, diverse-owned; and women-owned businesses.

  • Applicants must have an active membership in Diversity Alliance for Science (DA4S). If you would like to be considered and are not an active member, please apply.

  • Applicants must review program dates and be available for all program module facilitations.

Module Dates Time Location
1. Leadership Intensive MARCH 4-5, 2021 9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
2. Digital Marketing APRIL 16 & 30, 2021 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM EST Virtual Live (synchronous) - with online asynchronous content during entire month
3. Finance MAY 3 & 27, 2021 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM EST Virtual Live (synchronous) - with online asynchronous content during entire month
4. Business Intensive & RFP TBD: JUNE 14-15, 2021 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM EST In-person Live at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (COVID-19 permitting)

Merck Drexel ALP Topic Areas:

The ALP integrated program modules support an overarching theme of growing and scaling small and/or diverse businesses by building the leadership abilities and business acumen of diverse business owners. Lead by an interdisciplinary faculty/SME team, each module provides an experiential and applied approach to executive development. Topic areas include:

  • Leadership, Communication and Teams
  • Building Personal Brand and Storytelling
  • Strategic Networking
  • Digital Presence and Strategy
  • Customer Digital Journey
  • Digital Media Metrics and Measurement
  • Financial Reporting, Planning and Budgeting
  • Short-term and Long-term Business Decisions
  • Intersecting Finance and Operations
  • Operations and Production Planning
  • Purchasing and Contract Management
  • Drexel and Merck Request for Proposal Culminating Capstone Challenge

Participants will also complete a customized Drexel LeBow leadership assessment, which will provide them with an individualized report used to guide their leadership and development plan.

The ALP will conclude with a Request for Proposal (RFP) Capstone Challenge. Participants will use the RFP portfolio elements they have been building throughout the program to prepare and present their company to the challenge panel. The RFP challenge offers an invaluable experience through the coaching and feedback participants will receive on their response and overall company performance.

Program Cost:

Should you be selected and accept the offer to attend, the tuition will be fully sponsored by Merck. The only costs that you may incur include transportation and accommodations for in-person modules (if applicable).

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