Leadership Development

Affinity Spaces



Being an effective leader isn’t something that comes naturally — It’s a learned skill. While developing your leadership skills, you can feel awkward, uncomfortable, and like you’re “winging it.” As Black Male Educators, we have very few learning spaces where we can be open, make mistakes without judgment, and learn from them to grow. That’s why we, here at BMEsTalk have designed several leadership development and professional learning opportunities to allow you to connect, grow, and lead.


Learn to Lead is a professional learning experience that is open to the general public. Each session is unique, offering insights into the topics covered during BMEsTalk Leadership Development programming and tips for facilitating learning within and among a community of Black Male Educators. The monthly sessions will be held virtually on Zoom from noon to -1 PM EST to answer any questions you may have about our new signature programs.

The BMEsTalk Learn to Lead information sessions will be held

  •  March 30
  •   April 27
  •   May 25
  •   June 29
  • July 27
  • Aug 31
  • Sept 28
  • Oct 26
  • Nov 30


July 12th thru 15th | In-Person | Atlanta, GA

Our Catalyst will ignite a transformation in the way you lead others, while giving you the confidence that you know what you’re doing, allowing you to start the next school year with force.


Our Catalyst is an in-person, four-day intensive learning experience. In a group setting, you’re able to network and grow your skills. Learn and expand your horizons with other Black Male Educators in a manner that is conducive to the way you move about life.

Each registration includes:

  • BMEsTalk Catalyst Resource Binder and Toolkit
  • BMEsTalk Custom Journal
  • BMEsTalk Swag – t-shirt, face mask and more.
  • Complimentary catered lunch each day
  • Exclusive access to the BMEsTalk Happy Hour


July 12, 2022 thru May 21, 2023

Our Incubator is a 10-month facilitative leadership certificate program that requires both in-person and virtual participation. This one-of-a-kind program is what you need to unlock greater leadership potential to better serve your students and drive impactful change in your community for the next 10 years.

Our Incubator combines networking, coaching, and training to leverage the passion and collective wisdom of a cohort of Black Male Educators. This training will help you evolve on a personal level in order to design strategies that increase student belonging, student joy, and student achievement.

BMEsTalk Incubator registration includes:

  • BMEsTalk Incubator Resource Toolkit
  • BMEsTalk Swag — custom lapel pin, polo-shirt, and more
  • Catered lunch each day of the retreats.
  • Complimentary seat to BMEsTalk Incubator Dinner and Awards Ceremony
  • BMEsTalk Facilitative Leadership Certificate


Returning Fall 2023

Our Leadership Lab is 100% virtual, meaning you can invest in your professional development from the comfort of your own home. There are a series of four two-hour workshops that will arm you with leadership weapons to conquer your duties.

The Leadership Lab is all about being acknowledged. When you’re recognized and your voice is heard, your energy flows, and motivation is sky high. We understand the pain that Black Male Educators (BMEs) feel daily when they’re spoken AT, not WITH. These labs are designed to be personal learning spaces where you’ll “get” more than you’ll “sit.”

When you join our Leadership Lab, you’ll learn how to:

  • Utilize personal storytelling to lead with greater authenticity at work.
  • Increase student engagement through the use culturally responsive and sustaining teaching practices
  • Activate self care and personal growth in a Black Male Educator centered affinity group

Leadership Lab Series-Spring 2021 Cohort

Black Men Leading in the Classroom

Black Men Knowing Who They Are

Black Men Knowing Who They Are

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