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Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers

Merck ALP 2022 Graduates
Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program 2022 Graduates

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.

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Merck Drexel ALP Curriculum

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/subject-matter expert team, each module provides an experiential and applied approach to executive development.

Module Topic Areas

  • 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

Leadership Assessment

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

Request for Proposal Capstone Challenge

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.

Sample Program Schedule

Module Date Time Location
ONE Month One: 1 Day 9 a.m - 6 p.m. EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
TWO Month Two: 1 Day 10 a.m - 12 p.m. EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
THREE Month Three: 1 Day 9 a.m - 11 a.m. EST Virtual Live (synchronous)
FOUR Month Four: 3 Days 9 a.m - 6 p.m. EST In-person @ Jersey City, NJ


Thank you for your interest in the Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers. Applications for 2023 will be coming soon.

Highlights: Merck ALP Cohorts 1 and 2


Merck ALP Participants


States represented across the U.S., including Puerto Rico


Diverse Classifications Represented

Graduate Testimonials

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

Merck Drexel Graduation Part One
Merck Drexel Graduation Part Two

Connect with Us

Thank you for your interest in the Merck Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers. We look forward to connecting with you.

Steven Fisher

Corporate Communications Manager

Gerri C. LeBow Hall