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Alabama Leadership Initiative


Alabama Leadership Initiative


In 1995, Leadership Alabama introduced the Alabama Leadership Initiative (ALI), a program for emerging leaders, to complement the existing leadership network and programs of Leadership Alabama.  This two-day program brought together young leaders from across the state to participate in a microcosm of Leadership Alabama’s annual program.  ALI has been a very successful program, with 60+ emerging leaders participating every year.

In 2017, in order to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills and to establish ongoing relationships with other young leaders across the state, the Alabama Leadership Initiative was expanded to a six-month program comprised of threetwo-day retreats.  ALI exposes participants to the decision makers in Alabama who are sensitive to the challenges we face as a state and provides the unique opportunity to step inside the circles of those who mold the future of our state.

The Alabama Leadership Initiative is statewide and focuses on three areas:


Class members connect with statewide experts in order to increase their knowledge of the issues impacting Alabama.

The Initiative provides a unique opportunity to bond with like-minded leaders from throughout the state.

Personal Development
The programming includes leadership training in various areas, including public speaking, effective board involvement and political involvement.



After completing ALI, graduates of the program are invited to join “The Initiative.”  Activities for this group are coordinated through Leadership Alabama and ALI’s advisory council.

Qualified applicants need to have shown leadership and commitment in a professional capacity and within their own communities.  Each class is limited to 40 – 45 participants, and selection to participate in the program is dependent on the submitted applications and discussion with listed references.

Tuition for the program is $1,750, and there is scholarship assistance for those with financial need.  An application for assistance is provided as part of the overall application process.

The 2020 – 2021 Program Year has been postponed.

Due to COVID-19, the Alabama Leadership Initiative Class IV will be postponed to 2021-2022.

Nomination Time Line
Nominations will open Summer 2021 for ALI Class IV.  Click for more information.