Leadership Alabama is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings together each fall a class of 50-60 participants for four two-and-a-half day retreats in a nine-month period. The program objective is to present a series of issues-oriented forums based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. Class members visit communities across the state, and as they seek a mutual understanding of the state’s problems and priorities, they also seek to invent vital solutions to the challenges that define the future of Alabama.
Educational programs present the many social, economic and governmental complexities associated with issues to stimulate inquiry, analysis and avenues for involvement. Some of the current issues challenging our state are:
- Business & Economic Development
- Civil Rights & Social Justice
- Quality Education
- Quality of Life
- Workforce Development
From the first weekend together at the Orientation Retreat to the graduation ceremony, members are informed, engaged and encouraged to make a difference in their own personal way.
Since its founding in 1990, approximately 1,500 leaders in Alabama have participated in the Leadership Alabama program. Members are selected based on their leadership abilities, career accomplishments, volunteer activities, contributions to the community and commitment to help shape a better Alabama. They do not share a common age, gender, lifestyle, career or hometown. However, they do share a vision of what Alabama can and must be as we navigate through the 21st century. And, they share the ability to lead our state to that visionary future.
As we continue to advance, progressive planning and administration of our public programs must become the challenge and responsibility of all private citizens. Our leaders in business, labor, education, nonprofit & volunteer organizations and agriculture from all segments of society must play a role if our state is to move forward. Leadership Alabama was founded to provide the network necessary to activate those citizens to fill these leadership roles.
As a non-partisan organization, we measure our progress by the efforts of our individual members – qualified candidates who offer themselves for public office on the local, regional and state level; tireless visionary individuals who lead an initiative to a successful end despite numerous setbacks; and, volunteers who have a sincere concern about the future of Alabama and a personal commitment to help shape that future.