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Why Black Professionals Month?

Despite gains in education and employment opportunities since the civil rights era, Black professionals continue to be significantly underrepresented in leadership advancement and wealth generation. This needs to change. BPM is a strategic initiative to ignite the change Black professionals need to see.

BPM Showcasing Black Professional Excellence

We are proud and humbled to showcase some of the world’s most accomplished Black professionals who are exemplary leaders in their professions and communities throughout the world. 

During Black Professionals Month we will spotlight outstanding Black professional organizations and the great work they are doing and for their positive impact on society.

Black professionals have made profound and substantial achievements and we will present some of them all throughout October.

About Black Professionals Month

We are thrilled to bring you some of the world’s most accomplished Black professionals who will share their perspectives and advice. Speakers will participate from around the world, including Canada, South Africa, and, of course, throughout the US. We invite you to join their interactive webinars, panels, keynotes, and presentations.

Black Professionals Month (BPM) attendees will access numerous strategies and tools developed by and for Black professionals. Whether you need help you professionally develop and advance or mentally de-stress and unwind, BPM has it covered! BPM events address various topics, including crafting the perfect pitch, recognizing career blocks, building black wealth, personal branding, and managing anxiety.

BPM Events

During the month of October, Black professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to participate in numerous BPM virtual programs and events designed to help build strong collaborations, higher roles of leadership and sustained wealth. A sample of topics for BPM events  include:

Understanding the Inequity of Equality: During BPM, learn how systems, staffing, cultural norms, compensation methodology, job structures, and evaluation processes should all be examined for presumed prejudice and bias and then recast with the goal of assuring greater hiring and retention.

Discovering Mindfulness: Mental and emotional health and well-being is a critical factor in career advancement for Black professionals. BPM will help you discover yours.

Developing Healthy Eating Habits: Nutrition is critical to maintaining physical and mental endurance while standing out and breaking through. We’ll give you healthy eating tips!

Master Storytelling: We all have a story to tell. But are you telling yours in ways that will help you reach your career goals? Learn the tips and tricks to being a master storyteller.

Elevator Pitch Development: During BPM, you will learn pitch tools that will have prospects seeking you out and event planners booking you for speaking engagements.

Think and Grow Rich: Best-selling author Dr. Dennis Kimbro will share lessons on what black professionals can do to develop a success and wealth-building mindset.

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Click here to nominate a Black professional whose accomplishments are significant, inspiring and impactful.  

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Attend & Engage

Attend and engage in programs created to help black professionals step up, stand out and break through.

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Sponsor & Support

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Ways You Can Particpate

...With Support from your Boss

Black Professionals Month provides multiple opportunities for your involvement and participation.  Take advantage of relationship-building events, information-sharing and professional development opportunities to help drive your growth and advancement.  Please look through our BPM website to review numerous opportunities to attend and engage and click here to view and download a LETTER to MY BOSS to support your participation.

  Let’s be the change we want to see!


Host Virtual Event

Are you a subject matter expert nterested in producing and hosting a value-rich BPM event promoted on the official BPM calendar? Click here to let us know and a BPM team member will follow-up with you.

Volunteer & Support

If you are interested in volunteering to support BPM, please click here to let us know. 

Share & Invite

Support BPM by generating awareness by sharing us via, text, email, social media and other communication tools and platforms.

About Black Professionals Month

Black Professionals Month (BPM), held annually in October, is an unprecedented 31-days of virtual programs, events, and recognitions to ignite the leadership advancement of black professionals around the world. This worldwide platform is designed to help black professionals step up, stand out and break through into roles of leadership, including the C-suite executive level.

Black professionals have a proportionate presence in leadership roles worldwide and are widely acknowledged and celebrated for their accomplishments and contributions. In addition to an increased presence in leadership roles, millions of black professionals have built strong collaborations and sustained wealth.

Celebrate Black Professionals!

The BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals will be an accomplished group of leading Black professionals from around the world.  In addition, BPM  will extend collaborations between the BPM Global 100 through the ICABA Leadership and Coaching program.

Criteria for Global 100 Honorees

  • Proven & documented accomplishments
  • Significant impact in their professional category

Nominees must be leading professionals working within any of the 21 industries being spotlighted during Black Professionals Month. You can nominate multiple individuals as well as yourself. A BPM Global 100 Selection Committee will review the finalists chosen by the public and then make the final selections. 

Meet The Founders

BPM is co-founded by serial entrepreneur Jerome Hutchinson, Jr. and former C-suite executive Denise Kaigler. Mr. Hutchinson, the CEO of the ICABA World Network, and Ms. Kaigler, a brand strategist, career coach, author and principal of MDK Brand Management, joined forces during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to help black professionals step up, stand out and break through.

Ignite the Changes We Need!

Attend Black Professionals Month to engage with professionals who are also fired up about developing and maximizing tools to step up, stand out and break through into positions of leadership and generate sustained wealth.

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