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. Dr. Cedric Alford provides high-value coaching and training customized to each client's needs. We serve minority- and female leaders and entrepreneurs..

Core Values

Trust, Integrity, Professionalism, Quality, & Commitment to Community

The Dr. Ced Leadership Development LLC

We provide coaching, training and facilitation services. Our goal is to be the global leader in for minority and female leaders that seek to make the world better by practicing sound ethics, sustainability, authenticity, and inclusion in their careers within male-dominated industries.

The Dr. Ced Leadership Development LLC focuses on extending the application of the leadership research of Dr. Cedric D. Alford, MBA. 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.

Dr. Alford has a vision of enabling others to “Pay it Forward” by sponsoring executive career coaching sessions for those who need guidance but cannot afford it. 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.