B.L.A.C.K. Men's Initiative

Building Leadership And Creating Knowledge:

A 3-week virtual and a 3.5-day one-of-a-kind, immersive, engaging, hands-on, train-the-trainer retreat experience designed specifically for individuals who identify as Black men!

The Leadership Trainer Certification B.L.A.C.K. Men's Initiative will prepare you to (a) effectively develop the leadership skills and capacities of others through dynamic training experiences (b) provide you with an intentional leadership development experience to enhance your own understanding and practice of leadership - and (c) establish a community of other Black men to explore the intersections of leadership, identity, culture, and gender.

Upcoming Programs

Summer 2023

(Dates TBD)

Madison, CT

(Mercy By The Sea Retreat Center)

$2,200 - $2,400

(Based on Room Occupancy, Double or Single)

90% of our participants receive a Scholarship!

 Program Schedule

Core Elements

Leadership Theory

Leadership Practices

Facilitation Skills

Identity Dialogues


Module #1

Week of 2/1/2022

Virtual Mini-Retreat

Live Community Engagements

Mentoring Groups

Discussion Board Reflections

Module #2

Week of 2/7/2022

Master Trainer Training Session

Live Community Engagements

Mentoring Groups

Discussion Board Reflections

Module #3

Week of 2/14/2022

Master Trainer Training Session

Live Community Engagements

Mentoring Groups

Discussion Board Reflections


Tuesday, February 22nd 2022

11:00am - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm  -  3:00pm

3:00pm -  4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 6:30pm

6:30pm - 7:15pm

7:15pm - 8:00pm

8:00pm - 9:00pm

9:00pm - 10:00pm


Welcome and Introductions

Community Agreements

What is Leadership?

Healthy Leadership Habits

Leadership Practice Deep Dive

Community Dinner

Purposeful Pause

Identity Conversation #1

Daily Night-Time Check-In

* This schedule is a template and is subject to change.


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

7:00am - 7:55am

8:00am - 8:45am

9:00am - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:35am

11:35am - 11:55am

12:00pm - 12:45pm

1:00pm - 2:45pm

2:45pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:15pm

4:15pm - 5:15pm

5:30pm - 6:15pm

6:30pm - 8:15pm

8:15pm - 8:30pm

8:30pm - 9:30pm

9:30pm - 10:00pm

Well-Being Activities (Optional)

Community Breakfast

Daily "Good Morning" Check-In

A (Brief) History of Leadership

Mentoring Groups  

Purposeful Pause

Community Lunch

Training Story: Exposition

Identity Conversation #2

Purposeful Pause

Leadership Theory Deep Dive

Community Dinner

Training Story: Rising Action

Purposeful Pause

Mentoring Groups  

Daily Night-Time Check-In


Thursday, February 24th, 2022

7:00am - 7:55am

8:00am - 8:45am

9:00am - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:55am

12:00pm - 12:45pm

1:00pm  -  3:00pm

3:00pm -  3:30pm

3:30pm - 5:25pm

5:30pm - 6:15pm

6:30pm - 7:30pm

7:30pm - 8:30pm

8:30pm - 10:00pm

Well-Being Activities (Optional)

Community Breakfast

Daily "Good Morning" Check-In

Leadership Theory Deep Dive

Leadership Practice Deep Dive

Community Lunch

Training Story: Apex

Purposeful Pause

Training Story: Falling Action

Community Dinner

Training Story: Resolution

Daily Night-Time Check-In

Celebration: Beach Party


Friday, February 25th, 2022

7:00am - 7:55am

8:00am - 8:45am

9:00am - 9:45am

9:45am - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:55am

12:00pm - 12:45pm

1:00pm  - 3:30pm

4:30pm -  5:00pm

Well-Being Activities (Optional)

Community Breakfast

Daily "Good Morning" Check-In

Identity Conversation #4

Certification Exam

Community Lunch

Certification Exam

Celebrations & Certificates

Continued Leadership Trainer Engagement

Program Elements

Curated Curriculum

This is the most comprehensive leadership train-the-trainer experience on the market. We specifically craft a curriculum to meet the leadership development and training needs of the participants for each and every Certification Program.

Expert Facilitators

Our expert facilitators are leadership scholars and seasoned professionals who have years of experience training and teaching leadership in diverse contexts and formats. We love leadership! 

Engaged Learning

The Certification Program is a hands-on learning experience. We learn by doing. We have crafted this experience to provide ample opportunities for our participants to actually facilitate experiential learning activities, and host reflective dialogue.

Connected Community

Like all great professional development experiences, this program is an opportunity to cultivate relationships and expand your network of leadership educators passionate about leadership training and development.

Scholarships & Grants

Our 'friendly financial model' makes it easy for you to say, "yes!" Prior to the Certification Program, we offer scholarships!  Following the Certification Program, our graduates are eligible to apply for grants to support their leadership training programs.

Online Resources

In addition to the hands-on learning, each participant has access to an incredible online library of resources including videos, worksheets, and more. 

Year-Round Engagement

The Certification Program experience is just the beginning! We offer year-round opportunities to continue your leadership learning and engagement after becoming a Certified Leadership Trainer. This includes monthly Jam Sessions, a private facebook group, and reduced prices for our other leadership training programs and resources.

Leadership-Training Coaching

Certified Leadership Trainers receive two leadership-training coaching sessions in advance of their first leadership trainings after completing the program. These are designed to ensure you are prepared to shine and deliver exceptional leadership training experiences for your participants.

Training Manual

Every participant receives our 330-page Training Manual that has been specifically written to compliment this program. It includes overviews of leadership theories, leadership practices, and facilitation skills - as well as reflection space, case studies, and more!

Our Very-Friendly Financial Model

The Leadership Trainer Certification Program costs between $2,200 - $2,600.

We understand that this amount may be cost-exclusive for many of our participants.

We have created an exciting, friendly financial structure that includes:


Scholarships can reduce the program to only $800!

90% of our participants receive scholarships!


Upon becoming a Certified Leadership Trainer, our participants can apply for exclusive grants to support their leadership programming - Up to $800!

With Scholarships and Grants, the cost of the
Leadership Trainer Certification Program
could be $0!

Master Trainers

Master Trainers (2)

Dar Mayweather

Lecturer, Leadership Studies

UNC - Wilmington


Founder & CEO

Good Mayweather Consulting


Master Trainers (1)

Daymyen Layne

Director, Multicultural Training and Development

Quinnipiac University


Founder & CEO

The Layne Consulting Group

Master Trainers (3)

Jamal Givens

President & CEO

LPKNC (Nonprofit - Tucson, AZ)


Inspirer, Trainer, Educator, Motivational Speaker

JG Inspirer

What Our Participants Say

Registration Inclusions

It's More Than Just the Retreat!

  • Curated training curriculum led by expert facilitators.

  • Networking and relationship-building with a community of passionate leadership educators.

  • Hands-on learning opportunities to experiment with dynamic facilitation techniques.

  • Hard-copy training resources including our 330-page Training Manual.

  • A year-long subscription to our virtual resources including videos and downloadable worksheets.

  • Lodging at the tranquil, beach-side Mercy By The Sea Retreat Center for all of our nights together.

  • Meals, snacks, and coffee/tea for the entirety of the Retreat.

  • Airport or train pick-ups and drop-offs.

  • Two leadership training-coaching sessions after becoming a Certified Leadership Trainer.

  • Unlimited Leadership Trainer Jam Sessions with our community of Certified Leadership Trainers

  • Access to our private facebook group for continued engagement, connections, and resources.

  • Reduced pricing for other Leadership Trainer programming and resources.

  • Grants to support the leadership training initiatives of our Certified Leadership Trainers!

Our Beautiful Location

Mercy By The Sea Retreat & Conference Center

Mercy By The Sea Retreat and Conference Center is a picturesque sea-side location ideal for our intentional, immersive, and intimate leadership train-the-trainer experience. Nestled on the idyllic Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut, Mercy is only an hour from Hartford (CT) and Providence (RI) and less than two hours from Boston (MA) and New Jersey / New York City. This is an ideal location for New Englanders and those traveling from afar—especially because we offer *complimentary* airport and train pick-ups/drop-offs!


The grounds provide the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor reflective spaces. The natural environment includes gardens, lush tree canopies and flowering bushes, and a labyrinth. Don't forget your bathing suit—there is a private beach which will host our "beach party"! Indoors, Mercy offers a library, chapel and art gallery. We will be sure to make use of all Mercy has to offer during the 5-day Immersion Retreat.


The meals at Mercy By The Sea may prove to be a highlight. They pride themselves on serving "food that feeds the soul." Each meal (all meals, snacks, and coffee/tea are included in the cost of the program) are prepared as simple healthy meals made from local and organic produce as much as possible. Mercy serves both hot and cold Continental breakfasts and lunches. The afternoon meal always includes a salad bar, various combinations of soups, sandwiches, and lunch-time entrees—with cookies and fruit as dessert options. Dinners feature a protein, starch, vegetable, tossed salad, bread, and house-made desserts.

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Prefer to contact a Leadership Trainer directly? Call Jonathan at 609.915.4115 or email him at [email protected]

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