The NFL will host its Front Office & General Manager Accelerator Program from December 11-13 at the league meeting in Dallas, Texas, continuing the NFL's efforts to strengthen the pipeline of diverse candidates across all levels of the league.

This accelerator is the fourth time the league has put on the event since it was launched in 2022. The event follows the coach accelerator that was held May 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“The NFL is committed to improving diversity throughout the league, and a large part of that is providing leadership opportunities to diverse candidates," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The Accelerator Program provides our clubs and owners an opportunity to connect directly with some of the finest candidates in the league who they may not know.  Our intent is that these efforts translate into more diversity in leadership roles across the league."

In a refresh to the selection process, clubs were asked to nominate individuals internal and external to their organizations, who were then vetted by an NFL selection committee.

Forty-two highly qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds, across player personnel, football operations and assistant general manager disciplines were selected for the opportunity to build relationships with club owners and executives ahead of the hiring cycle.

In addition to networking, candidates will participate in a range of personal and professional development programming, including practice interviews led by former general managers and leadership sessions from outside experts. For the first time, personal development workshops have been included to focus on candidates’ overall wellness and mental preparedness when applying for roles.

The program has successfully contributed to more diverse candidates being interviewed for open positions, which has translated to recent front-office hires.

“For the past several years, the NFL Front Office and General Manager program has played a key role in helping qualified diverse front-office candidates develop relationships with owners and club leadership," said Chicago Bears President & Chief Executive Officer Kevin Warren, member of the NFL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. “The value of this initiative is both profound and powerful, and I look forward to encouraging participants to take full advantage of this unique, educational networking and professional development opportunity."

This year's candidates include:

Arizona Cardinals

Quentin Harris

Atlanta Falcons

Dwaune Jones

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Azevedo

Baltimore Ravens

David Blackburn

Buffalo Bills

Malik Boyd

Buffalo Bills

Terrance Gray

Carolina Panthers

Samir Suleiman

Carolina Panthers

Adrian Wilson

Chicago Bears

Ian Cunningham

Chicago Bears

Francis Saint Paul

Cincinnati Bengals

Steven Radicevic

Cleveland Browns

Glenn Cook

Cleveland Browns

Catherine Raiche

Dallas Cowboys

Brett Maxie II

Denver Broncos

Rich Hurtado

Denver Broncos

Kelly Kleine

Detroit Lions

Ray Agnew

Green Bay Packers

Lee Gissendaner

Green Bay Packers

Richmond Williams

Houston Texans

Chris Blanco

Jacksonville Jaguars

Regis Eller

Kansas City Chiefs

Tim Terry

Las Vegas Raiders

Dwayne Joseph

Las Vegas Raiders

Champ Kelly

Los Angeles Chargers

JoJo Wooden

Los Angeles Rams

Ray Farmer

Miami Dolphins

Reggie McKenzie

Minnesota Vikings

Demitrius Washington

New England Patriots

Steve Cargile

New Orleans Saints

Khai Harley

New York Giants

Brandon Brown

New York Jets

Chad Alexander

New York Jets

Brian Shields

Philadelphia Eagles

Ameena Soliman

Philadelphia Eagles

Charles Walls

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sheldon White

San Francisco 49ers

Tariq Ahmad

San Francisco 49ers

Josh Williams

Seattle Seahawks

DJ Hord

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jacqueline Davidson

Tennessee Titans

Kevin Turks

Washington Commanders

Eric Stokes