About Us


To be the global leader in training, coaching, and mentoring of minority and female leaders that seek to make the world better by practicing sound ethics, sustainability, authenticity, and inclusion in their careers.


To advance global leadership knowledge and practice to enable minority and female leaders and entrepreneurs to achieve more. TCDI provides high-value leadership development training customized to each client's needs. We serve minority- and female leaders and entrepreneurs.

Core Values

  • Trust
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Quality
  • Commitment to Community

Our Organization

TDCI Board | Dr. Cedric Alford Bio | Impact

The Dr. Ced Leadership Development Institute, Inc. ("TDCI" or "TDC Institute"), exists to advance global leadership knowledge and practice to enable minority and female leaders and entrepreneurs to achieve more.

Established in 2012, TDCI extends the application of the leadership research of Dr. Cedric D. Alford. After teaching and training thousands of students, colleagues, organizations, and professionals globally, Dr. Alford identified the relevance and effectiveness of his approaches, frameworks, and advice. Dr. Alford is passionate about exploring the challenges women in technology leadership face and using this insight to drive specific approaches to help women overcome their challenges.

As he is affectionately known, Dr. Alford, or Dr. Ced, has experience ranging from growing start-ups to driving global businesses. As a former Microsoft executive, Dr. Alford has helped many individuals crack the code for identifying and achieving the leadership approach necessary to obtain leadership roles and keep them. Dr. Alford leverages a combination of theory, application, and experience to provide differentiated and custom experiences for each organization and client.

The Dr. Ced Leadership Development Institute, Inc. was established as a non-profit. Dr. Alford's vision is to make leadership knowledge and practice accessible to anyone within the organization's target audience with minimal economic consideration.

Black people account for about 12% of the U.S. population, but occupy only 3.2% of the senior leadership roles at large companies in the U.S. and just 0.8% of all Fortune 500 CEO positions, according to the analysis by the Center for Talent Innovation, a workplace think tank in New York City.

Women in tech statistics shed light on the causes and effects of the gender gap in the technology business. Only 24% of computing jobs are held by women. The percentage of female STEM graduates is about 19%. Women leave the tech industry at a 45% higher rate than men.

Diversity in tech statistics show that year after year, women are underpaid and underrepresented. Women make up only 25% of computer-science related jobs, according to the Pew Research Center. Women are even less represented in engineering, making up just 14% of the workforce.

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