The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) created the Broadcast Leadership Training Program (BLT) to enable talented senior level broadcast executives who aspire to advance as group executives or station owners – particularly women and people of color – to be exposed to the fundamentals of purchasing, owning, and the successful operation of radio and television stations. BLT is a 10-month Executive MBA-style program. Participants meet one weekend a month at NAB Headquarters.
The Broadcast Leadership Training program is targeted to senior level broadcast managers of proven ability who aspire to advance as group executives or station owners. It can also help successful entrepreneurs in other industries who wish to make the transition to broadcasting. While no specific prerequisites apply, previous station management or related experience is helpful as is past attendance at other industry management programs. To encourage diversity in broadcasting, NABEF offers fellowship opportunities to women and people of color.
There are a number of programs that teach broadcasters the fundamentals of management that are common to most businesses. However, there comes a point when rising executives need specific knowledge and skills relevant to owning and operating radio and television stations and group management. Developed with guidance and support from some of the industry's top executives, the Broadcast Leadership Training program focuses on the unique process of assessing, purchasing, owning and operating radio and television stations. It provides a blueprint for talented businesspeople to become a greater part of the industry and increase the diversity of voices available to the public. Faculty are drawn from the ranks of those working professionals most qualified to address individual topics. FCC staff and leading communications attorneys discuss regulatory and legal issues; members of the Wall Street and banking community provide insight into financing arrangements; and leading broadcast executives offer their first-hand perspective on the industry. In some instances, academic faculty from leading universities are on hand to share their expertise. This unique combination of professionals acting as instructors not only imparts a real-world perspective to the program, it also allows participants to build the network of contacts they need to succeed.
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