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Year: 2021

ALI Class IV Nominations are OPEN!

June 16, 2021

Alabama Leadership Initiative
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 three two-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.

2021 – 2022 Program Year

Thursday, November 4 – Friday, November 5, 2021

Thursday, February 10 – Friday, February 11, 2022

Thursday, April 21 – Friday, April 22, 2022
The Shoals

Click here for ALI Class IV Nomination Form

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.

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. *Due to the postponement of Class IV, 2020-2021 will be open to young professionals age 25-41.Tuition
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.

LACRE Listening Session Education II

April 1, 2021

Dear LA Members,

To those of you who were able to join us for the first LACRE zoom session on primary and secondary education, thank you for joining the conversation. We appreciated your engagement and value your feedback as we plan the second zoom session on education, which will focus on college and career readiness. As the surveys suggested, the upcoming session will include fewer speakers, allowing more time for Q&A and active engagement. Additionally, all of the presentations will be “live,” and we are honored that the following leaders will be sharing time with us –

  • Dr. Jim Purcell                 Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Dr. Jeremiah Newell     ACCEL Day and Evening Academy (Mobile)
  • Ms. Tammy Dunn            A+ College Ready
  • Dr. Lee Meadows            The Alabama STEM Council

Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Attendance is free, and if you can’t join us for the entire time, you are welcome to join us as your schedule permits.  If you plan to attend, please click the registration button below to complete the quick and easy registration form.  The Zoom meeting information will be sent within the next week or so.

Register here!

Remembering Co-Founder Mike Jenkins

April 1, 2021

With profound sadness, Leadership Alabama shares the news of the death of Mr. J. Michael Jenkins IV, a beloved board member, former board chair and co-founder of Leadership Alabama. In 1989, Mike Jenkins and Bill Smith, Chairman of Royal Cup Coffee and Tea, shared the vision of creating an organization that would unite people from all backgrounds, professions and perspectives in order to collectively learn about our state’s challenges and opportunities. By annually convening a diverse group of state leaders, it would enhance the opportunities of creating solutions and initiatives that would foster the continued growth and success of Alabama. From this partnership and shared passion, Leadership Alabama was born. Class I launched in Montgomery in 1990, and this fall, Class XXXI will do the same. Since its beginning, approximately 1,700 leaders have participated in the LA program. As we fondly remember Mike, let us all offer heartfelt gratitude for him and Bill for their leadership and commitment to our beloved state.

J. Mike Jenkins IV 

👋 There is so much to share!

February 9, 2021


FEBRUARY 2021 | Issue I-XXI
Due to the recent and ongoing events in our nation, Leadership Alabama recognized the need for more action on social justice and racial equality. We are in a difficult time demanding heightened leadership, action and results. To provide that leadership, the Leadership Alabama Commission on Race and Equity (LACRE) was created. It is comprised of 28 LA and ALI leaders who are passionate and focused on identifying, prioritizing and offering solutions to the inequities endured by our citizens that directly impact the growth and future prosperity of Alabama
Once we are able to safely convene at large gatherings, the commission’s goal is to conduct listening sessions throughout the state for LA members and other community leaders. In the meantime, LACRE will host a statewide ZOOM “town hall listening session” on Friday, March 19, at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on the topic of education and the many critical issues surrounding the disparities in our educational system.  Stay tuned for more details, and we hope you plan to join us for this very important conversation.
“30 and STILL holding…”
Leadership Alabama’s Anniversary Celebration
This will probably come as no surprise, but our celebration event planned for this August at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear has been rescheduled, yet again.  With the uncertainties that continue to surround COVID, LA’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to move the event to the summer of 2022. Understanding how large our anticipated gathering will be, The Grand Hotel graciously agreed with the decision, and our celebration event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2022 through Friday, July 29, 2022.  Again, more details will follow in the future.  For those of you whose previously-paid registration fees are in “safe keeping” with us, they are still secure and will be applied to the 2022 gathering unless we are directed otherwise.
Annual Dues of $175 for Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021
The response to our annual dues campaign has been, and continues to be, overwhelmingly generous and supportive, and Leadership Alabama is humbled by the outpouring of dues and contributions.  For those of you who have not yet had a chance to pay your $175 annual dues, it’s not too late!  LA’s fiscal year does not end until June 30, 2021, and we will be sending another friendly tickler in the days ahead.  Or, you can beat us to the punch and pay online via Swell or click the invoice button to print an invoice to mail with your payment.
  • Scott Adams – Named to Governor’s AL Innovation Commission, Class XXIII, Protective Life Corporation, Birmingham
  • Rich Bielen – Chosen to co-chair The Birmingham Promise, Class XIX, Protective Life Corporation, Birmingham
  • Tony Cochran – Named to AL State Port Authority Board of Directors, Class XXX, CK Business Solutions, Albertville
  • Pete Key**- President, Florence Rotary Club, Class XXVII, Old Pete Key, Inc., Florence
  • Andy Mann** – President-Elect (2nd time!), Florence Rotary Club, Class XXV, Progress Bank, Florence
  • John Mazyck – Immediate Past Chair of the BCA, Class XXIX, The Frazer Lanier Company, Montgomery
  • Melissa Morrissette* – Appointed to the ABC Control Board, Class XXI, LLB&B Inc. Real Estate, Mobile
  • David Nast* – Immediate Past Chair of AL Bankers Association, Class XX, Progress Bank, Huntsville
  • Eva Robertson* – Elected to the Board of IGNITE Alabama, Class XXIX, Protective Life Foundation, Birmingham
  • Nancy Sanford** – Appointed to the University of North Alabama’s Board of Trustees, Class XVII, Civic Leader, Florence
  • Kevin Savoy ** – Elected vice chair of BCA’s Progress PAC, Class XXIX, Great Southern Wood Preserving, Abbeville
  • Gary Smith – Elected chair of the BCA, Class XXI, PowerSouth, Andalusia
  • Jimmy Stubbs – Elected chair of the AL Bankers Association, Class XVIII, River Bank & Trust, Prattville
  • Larry Thornton – Chosen for the Birmingham Branch Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Class XIII, Thornton Enterprises, Inc., Birmingham
  • Ashley Whatley – Elected to O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Young Supporters Board, Leadership Alabama, Birmingham
  • Lynne B. Vallely* – Elected to the AL Department of Archives & History Foundation Board, Class III, HSV Hospital Foundation, Huntsville
  • DeLynn Zell – Elected chair of Birmingham-Southern’s Board of Trustees, Class XXX, Bridgeworth Financial, Birmingham
  • Greg Barker, President – Economic Development Partnership of AL, Class XVIII, Birmingham
  • Gary Bolton, President & CEO – Fiber Broadband Association, Class XXX, Huntsville
  • Bradley Byrne, Rejoined Adams & Reese as Special Counsel, Class IV, Mobile
  • Myla Calhoun, Named as Alabama Power’s VP of the Birmingham Division, Class XXIV, Birmingham
  • Jerry Groce,** Executive Director of Easter Seals of NW Alabama, Class XXVIII, Moulton
  • Jimmy Hill, State Executive Director of the Alabama Casa Network, Class XXVIII, Montgomery
  • Chuck Holmes, Executive Director of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Class XXX, Birmingham
  • Bill Hopkins, Fayetteville City Director of Schools, Class XXVIII, Fayetteville City Schools, TN
  • Richard Marsden, Joined Maynard Cooper & Gale as a partner, Class XXIX, Huntsville
  • Stuart Obermann, VP of Field Operations with the national office of the ALS Association, Class XXIX, Huntsville
  • Jonathan Porter, Promoted to Alabama Power’s SVP of Customer Operations, Class XXVIII, Birmingham
  • Lolly Steiner, Marketing & PR officer for AuburnBank, Class XXIX, Auburn
  • Mark Sullivan,** Executive Vice President, Byrant Bank, Class XXV, Tuscaloosa
  • Jesse Vogtle,** Partner at Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, Class XXIII, Birmingham
  • Eddie Welch, Joined CAPTRUST as a Principal and Financial Advisor, Class XXVIII, Montgomery
FOR 2020
  • Jason Alexander, Ascension/St. Vincent’s, Class XXX
  • Rich Bielen, Protective Life Corporation, Class XIX
  • Rob Burton, Hoar Construction, Class XXV
  • Leigh Collier, Wells Fargo, Class XXIII
  • Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power Company, Class XX
  • Will Ferniany, UAB Health System, Class XX
  • David Fleming, REV Birmingham, Class XXV
  • Nancy Goedecke, Mayer Electric Supply Company, Class XXIV
  • Jim Gorrie, Brasfield & Gorrie, Class X
  • Herschell Hamilton, BLOC Global, Class XXIII
  • Wayne Hutchens, AT&T, Class XXIII
  • Cathy Sloss Jones, Sloss Real Estate, Class VIII
  • Mike Kemp,** Kemp Management Solutions, Class XXVII
  • Craft O’Neal, O’Neal Industries, Class XXIII
  • Ruffner Page, McWane, Inc., Class XVI
  • Robert Simon,* Corporate Realty, Class XXVIII
  • Sanjay Singh*, Pack Health, Class XXVI
  • John Turner, Regions Financial Corporation, Class XIII
  • Tim Vines, Blue Cross Blue Shield of AL, Class XXX
  • David Walker, EBSCO, Class XXVIII
  • Mike Warren,* Children’s of Alabama, Class III
  • Randall Woodfin, City of Birmingham, Class XXVI
FOR 2020
  • Frank Adams, A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, Class XXIX
  • J.W. Carpenter, Birmingham Education Foundation, Class XXIX
  • Maria Kennedy, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Class XXIV
  • Paul Kennedy, Walker Area Community Foundation, Class XXI, Jasper
  • Drew Langloh, United Way of Central Alabama, Class XIX
  • Chris Nanni, The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Class XXVIII
  • Eva Robertson*, Protective Life Foundation, Class XXIX
  • Jeff Underwood, Lakeshore Foundation, Class XXI
*Leadership Alabama Board of Director
**LA Regional Council Member
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Leadership Alabama Class XXXII Nominations Update

January 12, 2021

Dear Leadership Alabama members,

As we all continue to pivot based on the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID, Leadership Alabama’s timeline/processes have changed, as well. Class XXXI was set to launch this past October, but the start of the program year was delayed by a year, thus the new class will convene this October in Montgomery for a powerful opening session. Additionally, Class XXX has yet to graduate since its final retreat in Birmingham planned for May 2020 was postponed, having been scheduled and rescheduled multiple times. We are committed to providing a meaningful, final session for Class XXX, and it will be finalized as soon as we are able to secure venues and safely gather.

As such, since we are still trying to host a final retreat for Class XXX, while planning the launch of Class XXXI, nominations for Class XXXII will not be solicited until next January (2022).

As always, thank you for your remarkable support and understanding, especially during the past several months!

Kate & Ashley