• People Team
Photo of HBCU First interns Nadia Montalban El Hiriche and Kaylee Harper at North Carolina A&T State University.

HBCU Leadership Incubator™

The HBCU Leadership Incubator™ is a hands-on, 11-week leadership development program helping Black college students bridge the gap between classroom learning and business-world doing. Each student gains leadership know-how by developing and managing an HBCU First program. This hybrid program is paid and invitation only.

Spring 2023 Cohort (Jan 15th - April 1st)

What's in it for you?
• Leadership know-how
• Community and networking
• Skill-building workshops
• Career opportunities

We seek students who are:
• Exceptional communicators
• Committed to community
• Self-motivated and driven
• Coachable and consistent

Meet our Fall 2022 Leadership Team:

  • India Hendricks

    India Hendricks  
    Chief of Staff
    Tuskegee University

  • Jada Reed

    Jada Reed  
    First-Year Lead
    Xavier University of Louisiana

  • Sharon Itakpe

    Sharon Itakpe  
    Events & Partnerships Lead
    Howard University

  • Janice Boakye

    Janice Boakye  
    Events & Partnerships Lead
    Howard University

  • Aliana Stanley

    Aliana Stanley  
    Community Team Lead
    Spelman College

  • Ashleigh Bethea

    Ashleigh Bethea  
    People Lead
    North Carolina A&T State University

  • Jayla Reese

    Jayla Reese  
    Wellness Lead
    Xavier University of Louisiana

  • Chyenne Ross

    Chyenne Ross  
    Wellness Lead
    North Carolina A&T State University

  • Sharodon Jenkins

    Sharodon Jenkins  
    Social Media Lead
    Langston University

  • Autumn Edwards

    Autumn Edwards  
    Growth Team Lead
    Howard University

  • Peace Aghaeze

    Peace Aghaeze  
    Growth Lead
    Philander Smith College

  • Kayla Farris

    Kayla Farris  
    Growth Lead
    Howard University

HBCU First's mission is to increase college and career success for Black youth.

Learn more about who we are and what we believe.