Stellantis has launched two new leadership development programs for its diverse employees this month to prepare them for advancement opportunities in the company.
The Black Leaders Advancement Collective (BLAC) and Leaders Embracing All Diversity (LEAD) are modeled after the company's Women's Leadership Experience (WLE) development program.
The training initiatives fall under one pillar of the automaker's diversity strategy called "people and education," said Lottie Holland, Stellantis' director of diversity, inclusion, engagement and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance.
"Within that, we also established aspirational targets for diverse representation at our leadership level," Holland told Automotive News. "In order for us to achieve those targets, we had to make sure that we had some tangible tools in place to be able to develop this type of talent that will be needed for future opportunities."
The participants will be sponsored by leaders within the company and get third-party training by experts in leadership skills.
The company said WLE, BLAC and LEAD are eight-month programs that will be managed by the company's 11 business resource groups. These groups represent workers from various backgrounds, including African Americans, Asians, women and people in the LGBTQ community.