Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers

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 focuses on application and is 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.

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

The ALP concludes with a Request for Proposal (RFP) Capstone Challenge. Participants 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 receive on their response and overall company performance.

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Tentative Program Schedule

Module Date Time Location
ONE May 2022 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
TWO June 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
THREE July 2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
FOUR August 9th - 11th 2022 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST In-person @ Jersey City, NJ (COVID-19 permitting)

Highlights from Cohort 1 of the Advanced Leadership Program

  • 19 Participants from 13 States across the US completed the Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers
  • 7 Diverse Classifications Represented

Graduate Testimonials

View the videos below to see the graduates of the Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers program, and hear from them how the program helped them to accelerate their careers.

> Merck Drexel Graduation Part One
> Merck Drexel Graduation Part Two