CALIBR is a membership organization and professional network dedicated to accelerating the careers of mid-to-senior level African-American executives through specialized training, mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities that give members access to the best practices that drive business success. CALIBR members are sought after throughout corporate America because they are prepared to step into senior executive roles.
MEMBER BENEFITS

1. Member Value Proposition
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You are quite accomplished and enjoy a great career. Perhaps you’ve been told that the higher-ups have their eye on you, or maybe you want to catch their attention so you can take the next step towards achieving a higher level of success.

CALIBR helps move careers from good to great. We aim to ensure career excellence and longevity. In pursuit of this aspiration, we vet and curate best-in-class tools and resources for our members. We also provide mentoring produce forums to facilitate the relationships that ensure our members are prepared to consistently deliver results for their organizations.

As a “network of networks,” CALIBR members develop strong personal relationships that will continue to grow as members progress through their careers. These relationships reach across organizations and across functions within those organizations, helping each member develop a broader set of resources and competencies.

CALIBR members also receive:

  • Mentoring from top corporate executives and from peers;
  • Professional coaching;
  • Leadership development resources;
  • Networking opportunities; and
  • Career support

 
2. Membership Profile
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CALIBR members are mid-career executives and senior managers. They are team leaders or individual contributors with 15+ years of professional experience identified by their employers as having what it takes to be among the next generation of corporate senior leaders. They consistently exceed performance expectations, demonstrate the business and professional acumen necessary to lead a department, business-unit, or organization.

 
3. Values We Seek In Members
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The values that define who we are as an organization can be found right in out name: Character, Agility, Leadership, Integrity, Breadth and Reputation.

We believe that diversity—of experience, of background and of perspective—fundamental to building strong businesses, communities, and nations. Diversity leads to brilliant ideas, high functioning teams, inspired products and amazing service. We seek individuals who are committed to each other’s development and growth (something for us), and who are involved in their communities (something for others)

CALIBR Members:

  • Are culturally competent and have a global mindset;
  • Demonstrate Integrity and respect for others;
  • Have the capacity to do more with more or more with less;
  • Have built a record of professional accomplishment; and
  • Have made meaningful community and social contributions.

 
4. Leadership Opportunities
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All CALIBR members have the opportunity to actively participate on committees, in best practice forums, as well as taking on other leadership roles that span regional leadership to Board of Directors service.

CALIBR members are also from time to time selected by The Executive Leadership Council as well as CALIBR leaders to offer a generational perspective and to represent CALIBR on national independent sector commissions and on business expert panels.

 
 

FAQs

What is CALIBR and when was it founded?

Founded in 1999 as NextGen Network, CALIBR is a membership organization and professional network dedicated to accelerating the careers of mid-to-senior level African-American executives and ensuring that corporate America has access to a diverse executive pipeline. CALIBR provides leadership development training, coaching, formal and informal mentoring and a powerful network of peers across many industries in order to give all network members access to the best practices that drive business success.

In 2012, CALIBR unveiled the calibr8 leadership development curriculum in an effort to formalize the best practices that have catalyzed the careers of so many CALIBR members over the organization’s first dozen years.

What prompted NextGen Network to change its name to CALIBR?

Simply put, the NextGen name no longer fit.

When the organization started, our members were waiting for their chance—the opportunity to take the next steps in their careers. A dozen years later, we have arrived. We are Directors, Vice Presidents and Senior Vice Presidents. We’re not just the next generation of leaders; we’re leading now, and we wanted a name that would convey that change.

We began by looking inward, determining the shared values that bind us together, and focusing on what was most important to present to the world. We identified six values that we believe every CALIBR member should embody: Character, Agility, Leadership, Integrity, Breadth and Reputation.

These values remind each of us what CALIBR stands for, what our responsibility is to each other, and why we’re here.

It’s also important to note that with the change in name came a change in focus. Our new name is the most visible sign of NextGen’s evolution, but more than that, it signifies a conscious decision to focus on who our members are now and what we have become—as individual leaders and as an organization.

What is CALIBR’s membership selection process?

Membership eligibility is based on a competitive process that assesses an applicant’s professional, academic and civic accomplishments, as well as their potential for advancement to the most senior roles in business. There is an annual application process for individual applicants. Separately, CALIBR partner organizations may nominate employees for membership based on the same criteria for individual applicants.

What is the makeup of the organization?

CALIBR’s membership mostly comprises senior managers and mid-career executives in Fortune 500 companies and equivalent firms. 56% are either Executives or Senior Managers, 38% have more than fifteen years of professional experience, 79% have more than ten years, and one in five are entrepreneurs running their own businesses.

What is the relationship between The Executive Leadership Council and CALIBR?

CALIBR was created to facilitate engagement between members of The Executive Leadership Council and the next generation of corporate senior leaders. That relationship has flourished through mentoring, formal workshops and other leadership and professional development activities.

Where is CALIBR located and are there local chapters?

CALIBR is a national membership organization headquartered in Washington, DC. There are no chapters.

Who are CALIBR’s major partners?

Prudential Financial is CALIBR’s lead sponsor. Marriott International and a number of other Fortune 500 firms also partner with CALIBR to develop programming that supports members in their career and life pursuits.