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ūüĆü Come join LA Class XXXI for Dinner in Huntsville ūü•ā

April 26, 2022

Huntsville Area
Membership Dinner
Friday, May 13, 2022
6:45 p.m.

Come join
Leadership Alabama Class XXXI
for dinner during their retreat!

We’ll gather for a fun and casual dinner at the new
Redstone Federal Credit Union Twickenham Center
200 Davis Circle Northwest
Huntsville, Alabama 35801

featuring dinner catered by Huntsville’s own¬†and LA Class XXXI class member
Stephanie Kennedy-Mell

Please click below to RSVP and reserve your spot by Monday, May 9, 2022.

RSVP here!

 

ūüéČ Don't hesitate... Register now to celebrate our 30th (and holding!) Anniversary ūüí•

April 6, 2022

July 27 – 29, 2022
The Grand Hotel
Point Clear, Alabama

REGISTER with Leadership Alabama!

$250 per person by check/mail
$260 per person online/credit card
LA Member + spouse/guest = $500/$520.

Registration fee includes all speakers, programs, meals and grand celebration for the entire weekend. A la carte pricing for each session is NOT available. While the Grand Hotel is a great family destination, LA celebration events are for adults only. Please check with the hotel for children’s activities and sitter services.

Visit www.leadershipalabama30years.com and click on the REGISTRATION tab at the top to register.
Click to pay registration fee online.

RESERVE your hotel with the Grand Hotel!

The Leadership Alabama group rate starts at $319 per night, plus taxes and fees.
Each member is responsible for his/her own hotel charges. In the unfortunate event you need to cancel your reservation, please contact the Leadership Alabama office first.

Click to make a reservation at the Grand Hotel.

We are grateful for our LOYAL SPONSORS.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

We’re thrilled to CELEBRATE¬†with attendees from Class I to Class XXXI!

Click below to see the RSVP guest list!

Click here to visit www.leadershipalabama30years.com and click on the ATTENDEES tab at the top.

NOMINATIONS FOR CLASS XXXII ARE NOW OPEN!

January 17, 2022

NOMINATIONS FOR CLASS XXXII ARE NOW OPEN!

2022 ‚Äď 2023

Click here to see criteria and qualifications for a Leadership Alabama nominee.

Note the following:

  • You may nominate more than one person.
  • You may nominate anyone in the state, not just someone from your geographic area.
  • For candidates¬†not selected for Class XXXII, Leadership Alabama notifies you, the LA member,¬†NOT¬†the nominee. People are often nominated without their knowledge, thus the reason we¬†only communicate with the nominator.
  • Nominations close on¬†Friday, February 25.

Click here for the Class XXXII Nomination Form

Program Dates ‚Äď Class XXXII

  • Thursday, October 6, through Saturday, October 8, 2022 – Montgomery
  • Thursday, January 12, through Saturday, January 14, 2023 – Mobile
  • Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, 2023 – Huntsville
  • Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, 2023 – Birmingham

Click here for more information about the Leadership Alabama class program year.

Leadership Alabama is open to all who meet the qualifications adopted by the Board of Directors, regardless of age, sex, race, religion or national origin. Participants are selected largely on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability.

The Nomination Process:

  1. A nomination form must be received by Friday, February 25, 2022 for a person to be considered for LA Class XXXII.
  2. Nominations will be considered by the Regional Councils throughout the state, who prioritize the nominations of those in their geographic areas.
  3. The Executive Committee will review the prioritized lists from the Regional Councils and then submit the list of nominees to the Board of Directors for approval.
  4. All nominations are given thorough consideration, but not all will be selected to participate in the class. The Leadership Alabama Board of Directors will approve the final class roster. Consideration will be given to building a class that represents Alabama’s diversity, both professionally and geographically, as well as in the areas of age, gender and ethnicity.
  5. Leadership Alabama will email those selected for membership and copy the nominator.

ūüĎčūüŹĹ New Year Update from Leadership Alabama

January 10, 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Atmore Field Trip
Poarch Band of Creek Indians Community

Unfortunately, due to the rise in COVID cases, the special field trip to Atmore scheduled for this Wednesday, January 12, has been postponed.  We hope to reschedule in the near future, and we will certainly let you know as soon as a new date is confirmed.

Class XXXI’s Mobile Retreat

Again, due to the current COVID situation, we made the difficult, yet prudent, decision to postpone the January retreat.¬†¬†As such, we simply “shifted” everything forward.¬†¬†The March dates already on the class retreat calendar will be spent in Mobile, the May dates will be spent in Huntsville, and we are currently working to schedule the Birmingham graduation retreat in June.

Nominations for Class XXXII
(Program Year ‚Äď October 2022 through May 2023)

Nominations open next Monday, January 17, and an email with all of the information and online application will be sent at that time.  The nomination process will close on Friday, February 25.

‚Äú30th¬†& Still Holding!‚ÄĚ Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, July 27, through Friday, July 29, 2022
The Grand Hotel
Point Clear, AL

Start watching for information via emails about registering with Leadership Alabama to attend the event AND reserving a room at the Grand Hotel (two separate items).  They will be sent in late January.

IMPORTANT¬†‚Äď Per the Leadership Alabama Board of Directors,¬†‚ÄúAll dues paying members are cordially invited to join the anniversary festivities.¬†¬†If you haven‚Äôt paid your annual dues of $175 but plan to attend, please pay online or via mail (see below) so that you will be able to register and reserve a room when the process begins.‚Ä̬†¬†

2021 ‚Äď 2022 Leadership Alabama
Membership Dues & Contributions

Even though we are in a new calendar year, Leadership Alabama is still in its fiscal year of July 1 ‚Äď June 30.¬†¬†So, if you haven‚Äôt had a chance to pay your dues in support of this year‚Äôs budget, it‚Äôs not too late!¬†¬†We thank the hundreds who have paid their dues and included generous contributions, for your support is truly our anchor.

If paying your dues is still on your ‚Äúto do‚ÄĚ list,¬†we humbly ask you to submit your annual dues of¬†only $175.¬†¬†¬†You can make an immediate and secure payment online simply by clicking pay link below.¬†¬†Or, if you prefer a printed invoice for mailing a check, please click the invoice link below.¬†¬†Simply print and mail with your check to Leadership Alabama, P.O. Box 131394, Birmingham, AL 35213.

Click here to pay dues online.

Click here for printable invoice.

 

ūüĆü Happy Holidays from Leadership Alabama

December 20, 2021

Oh what a difference a year
(and vaccines!) can make…

Cheers to being together again in 2021!

We look forward to a happy new year of programming and celebrating “Leadership Alabama… 30 and holding!”
in July 2022 (more details to follow soon!)

Sending merry and bright holiday wishes to you and yours this season from Leadership Alabama.

Sincerely,
Kate and Ashley
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Leadership Alabama
Class XXXI Opening Retreat
October 2021 – Montgomery

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Alabama Leadership Initiative
Class IV Opening Session
November 2021 – Montgomery

ūüĎČūüŹľ Upcoming Events and Updates from Leadership Alabama

December 14, 2021

Special Field Trip to Atmore!
Join us for the incredible opportunity of visiting the Poarch Band of Creek Indians community.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
1:00 p.m. ‚Äď 5:00 p.m.
Poarch Creek Reservation, Atmore

Poarch Creek Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan (LA Class XXVIII), Vice Chair Robbie McGhee (LA Class XXX) and Tribal Council Member Keith Martin (LA Class XXXI) invite Leadership Alabama members to join current LA Class XXXI members to come see and learn about what’s happening in Atmore with the tribe.

The afternoon will include a special welcome and cultural performance, a tour of the Poarch Creek community and reservation, and a tour of Muskogee Technology.  We will gather and meet at the Poarch Creek Community Center at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  More details and directions will be sent to those who RSVP.  For planning purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Email Ashley to RSVP and/or request more information.

Nominations for Class XXXII
(Program Year ‚Äď October 2022 through May 2023)
It is hard to believe that the nomination process for Class XXXII will soon begin.  Nominations will open on Monday, January 17, 2022, and we will send an email with all of the information and online application at that time.  The nomination process will close on Friday, February 25.

Additional reminder emails will be sent before January 17.  We simply wanted you to be aware of the date so that you have plenty of time to gather your thoughts about qualified candidates who you would like to submit.

‚Äú30th¬†& Still Holding!‚ÄĚ Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, July 27, through Friday, July 29, 2022
The Grand Hotel
Point Clear, AL
After a two-year delay, we are so excited about our upcoming anniversary celebration this summer.  Most speakers have been confirmed, the band is booked, fabulous meals are being planned and we are ready to celebrate with you!  In January, start watching for information via emails about registering with Leadership Alabama to attend the event AND reserving a room at the Grand Hotel (two separate items).

IMPORTANT¬†‚Äď Per the Leadership Alabama Board of Directors,¬†‚ÄúAll dues paying members are cordially invited to join the anniversary festivities.¬†¬†If you haven‚Äôt paid your annual dues of $175 but plan to attend, please pay online or via mail (see below) so that you will be able to register and reserve a room when the process begins.‚ÄĚ

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2021 ‚Äď 2022 Leadership Alabama
Membership Dues & Contributions
Thank you, thank you to the many of you who have already paid your annual dues and included additional gifts, as well.  Your generosity has been truly overwhelming, and thank yous and tax receipts (for those who paid by check) are being completed as you read this email.

For those who haven‚Äôt had a chance to do so, yet,¬†we humbly ask you to submit your annual dues of¬†only $175¬†for this fiscal year, July 2021 ‚Äď June 2022.¬†¬†You can make an immediate and secure payment online simply be utilizing the pay online button below.¬†¬†Or, if you prefer a printed invoice for mailing a check, please click the invoice button.¬†¬†Simply print and mail with your check to Leadership Alabama, P.O. Box 131394, Birmingham, AL 35213.

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Click here to pay your dues online.
Click here to print invoice and mail your payment.

You're Invited!

December 7, 2021

Join us in Atmore for the incredible opportunity of visiting the Poarch Band of Creek Indians community.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Poarch Creek Reservation, Atmore
Poarch Creek Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan (LA Class XXVIII), Vice Chair Robbie McGhee (LA Class XXX) and Tribal Council Member Keith Martin (LA Class XXXI) invite Leadership Alabama members to join Class XXXI members to come see and learn what’s happening in Atmore with the tribe.

Afternoon includes a:
-Special welcome and cultural performance
-Tour of the Poarch CreekCommunity and Reservation
-Tour of Muskogee Technology

We will gather and meet at the Poarch Creek Community Center at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. More details and directions will be sent to those who RSVP.

For planning purposes, please RSVP by emailing awhatley @ leadershipal.org Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

ūüíę Making An Investment in Alabama‚Äôs Future‚Ķfor only $175!

November 10, 2021

2021 ‚Äď 2022 Leadership Alabama
Membership Dues & Contributions

After a year‚Äôs postponement due to COVID, the¬†Alabama Leadership Initiative‚Äôs (ALI) Class IV¬†launched last week in Montgomery!¬†¬†We were thrilled to greet¬†58¬†energetic, bright and accomplished ‚Äúyoung‚ÄĚ leaders (aged 25 ‚Äď 41) to the program, and the two days together were filled with fabulous speakers and moving, emotional site visits.

Leadership Alabama salutes the following people for graciously sharing their time with the class¬†‚ÄstGrits Morris, LA Board liaison to ALI;¬†Steve Murray,¬†Dr. Ed Bridges,¬†the Honorable Steven Reed;¬†the Honorable Anthony Daniels;¬†the Honorable Garlan Gudger;¬†the Honorable Tim Melson;¬†Bill Graham¬†and¬†Bryan Stevenson¬†‚Äď and¬†we thank the fabulous venues that opened their doors to us for programing¬†‚Äď The Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Landmarks Foundation, the Equal Justice Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Peace and Justice Memorial Center.

Your dues and gifts enable us to continually offer quality programming of the highest caliber, and we thank the 250 members who, only since late September, have generously paid their annual dues of $175, with many including an additional gift, as well.

Once again, we respectfully ask you to submit your annual dues of¬†only¬†$175 for this fiscal year, July 2021 ‚Äď June 2022.¬†¬†You can make an immediate and secure payment online simply by utilizing the pay online button below. Or, if you prefer a printed invoice for mailing a check, please click the invoice button.¬†¬†Simply print and mail with your check to Leadership Alabama, P.O. Box 131394, Birmingham, AL 35213.

Click here to pay online.
Click here to print an invoice and mail a check.

 

What do your annual dues and generous gifts support?  Alabama’s Bright Future, as evidenced below.

ALI Class IV’s opening session at the Alabama Department of Archives and History

Bryan Stevenson with EJI speaks with the class.

Dr. Ed Bridges delivering his great Alabama history presentation through the economic periods.

Professional Communication and Likability –
Bill Graham works with ALI members on personal and professional development.

 

Return on Investment... Thank YOU! ūüĎŹ

October 14, 2021

Look what your dues and gifts enable Leadership Alabama to do for current and future classes!  Class XXXI, with 64 members, launched last week, and the agenda was chalked full of incredible speakers in historic and impactful venues.

We were thrilled to hear from –
The Honorable Steven Reed, LA Board Chair David Nast, Thomas Rains, the Honorable Myron Thompson, the Honorable Teresa Pulliam, Bennet Wright, Dr. Ed Bridges, the Honorable Anthony Daniels, the Honorable Greg Reed, Greg Canfield, Alex Flachsbart, the Honorable Kay Ivey, Jimmy Parnell, Jeff Helms, Matthew Durdin, Brian Hardin, Paul Pinyan, Dr. John Dorsey & PHF fellows, Stacia Robinson and John Saxon.

We were thankful for the beautiful venues that welcomed us –
The Frank M. Johnson Federal Courthouse and historic court room, the Montgomery Museum of Art, the Alabama State House, ALFA’s Montgomery Headquarters, Montgomery members’ homes for dinearounds and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

The Honorable Steven Reed, City of Montgomery mayor (Class XXVIII), welcomes Class XXXI to Montgomery in the Jury Assembly Room of the Frank M. Johnson Federal Courthouse.

 

Senate Pro Tem Greg Reed (R) and AL House Minority Leader
Anthony Daniels (D), Class XXVIII

 

Class XXXI in session!

 

Former Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Class V, & Governor Kay Ivey, Class XI

 

Again, none of this would be possible without your¬†annual dues payment of only $175 and your generous gifts, and we respectfully ask you to submit your dues for this fiscal year, 2021 ‚Äď 2022.¬†¬†You can make an immediate and secure payment online simply by utilizing the pay online button below.¬†¬†Or, if you prefer a printed invoice for mailing a check, please click the invoice button.¬†¬†Simply print and mail with your check to Leadership Alabama, P.O. Box 131394, Birmingham, AL¬†¬†35213.

We send a huge, gratitude-filled hug to the MANY of you who have already sent dues and additional gifts Рplease know how much they are appreciated!  We are updating the dues/contributions and corporate gifts pages on the Leadership Alabama website, and they will be posted next week.   Additionally, for those who sent checks, a tax receipt will be mailed to you within the next few weeks.

Click here to pay online.

Click here for a paper invoice.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kate & Ashley

Again, let’s welcome Class XXXI!
Ryan Austin, Birmingham; Will Barrois, Mobile; Chris Blankenship, Montgomery; Tommy Brigham, Birmingham; Kenyen Brown, Mobile; Anna Buckalew, Montgomery; Dawn Bulgarella, Birmingham; Greg Butrus, Birmingham; Greg Carnes, Muscle Shoals; Ronnie Chronister, Huntsville; Brooke Coleman, Birmingham; Susan Comensky, Birmingham; Allison Black Cornelius, Birmingham; Tommy Coshatt, Auburn; Derrick Cunningham, Montgomery; Mike Daria, Tuscaloosa; Cathy De La Garza, Mobile; Michael Douglas, Decatur; Trey Echols, Birmingham; Marquis Forge, Autaugaville; Brian Gary, Montgomery; Joe Hampton, Birmingham; Ben Harrison, Cullman; Sharon Haynes, Rockford; Betsy Holloway, Birmingham; Todd Jackson, Birmingham; Stephanie Kennedy Mell, Huntsville; Felicia Long, Montgomery; Delbert Madison, Montgomery; Emily Marks, Montgomery; Keith Martin, Atmore; Scott Mayo, Decatur; Steve Miley, Scottsboro; Anoop Mishra, Birmingham; John Montgomery, Birmingham; Mac Moorer, Birmingham; Chris Newlin, Huntsville; Tim Parker, Tuscaloosa; Russell Pigg, Florence; Kelli Powers, Decatur; James Rane, Abbeville; Amy Rauworth, Birmingham; Jim Richardson, Birmingham; Lashunda Scales, Birmingham; Tuerk Schlesinger, Mobile; Tasha Scott, Montgomery; Chad Scroggins, Columbiana; Jack Sharman, Birmingham; Jeb Shell, Mobile; Andrea Smith, Birmingham; Bryson Stephens, Birmingham; Hal Taylor, Montgomery; Chad Tindol, Tuscaloosa; Lynn Troy, Huntsville; Susan Waldrop, Birmingham; Steve Walker, Birmingham; Bestor Ward, Mobile; Karockas Watkins, Huntsville; Phil Webb, Heflin; Clare Weil, Montgomery; Ray White, Huntsville; Ashli Wilkins, Dothan; Elizabeth Winter, Tuscaloosa; Bob Woodall, Dothan.