Greensboro, N.C., March 18, 2024 – Ebony Burnett, senior association director of youth development for the YMCA of Greensboro, has been chosen to participate in the YMCA of the USA Multicultural Executive Development Institute. This prestigious program is designed to prepare staff of color for senior-level positions within the organization, such as CEO, COO, and other chief, vice president, and district-level roles.

The Multicultural Executive Development Institute is a 12–18-month commitment that provides participants with executive coaching, leadership assessments, and personalized career development plans. Its primary goal is to identify, engage, inspire, develop, promote, and retain leaders of color within the YMCA, creating a stronger pipeline of diverse staff and volunteers, and increasing racial representation at all levels of leadership.

“I am grateful to represent North Carolina and specifically the Triad area in this national cohort,” said Burnett. “I am blessed to have a great support system who believe in me and my ability to lead others and serve the community. My goal has been, and will continue to be, to provide young people with opportunities to achieve remarkable things.”

Burnett is one of only 16 individuals nationwide selected to join this year's cohort. With more than 13 years of experience at the YMCA of Greensboro, she has consistently demonstrated her dedication to youth development. Prior to joining the YMCA, Burnett worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Guilford County Schools. She holds a bachelor's degree from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Rhonda Anderson, president and chief operating officer of the YMCA of Greensboro, expressed her pride in Burnett's selection, stating, "I couldn't be prouder of Ebony for being selected for this cohort. Ebony continues to develop and push the organization to provide high-quality youth development. She is a true asset to the organization both locally and nationally."

The YMCA of Greensboro is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and Burnett's selection for the Multicultural Executive Development Institute shows the organization's dedication to promoting diversity and equity within its leadership ranks. By investing in the professional growth of staff members like Burnett, the YMCA of Greensboro is actively working towards its vision to build a stronger and healthier community where equity is norm.

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About the YMCA of Greensboro 
The YMCA of Greensboro is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The organization was founded in 1889 with a mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through its seven branches and YMCA Camp Weaver, the YMCA of Greensboro is strengthening the foundations of the community through its wide range of programs and services for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. For more information on the YMCA of Greensboro, visit