News

Year: 2024

⏳ Nominations EXTENSION, ALI Dothan Recap, and a big LA Welcome 👋🏽

February 22, 2024

Leadership Alabama is thrilled to welcome Lydia Barnett to our team as the Membership Engagement and Alabama Leadership Initiative (ALI) Director on March 1.  Lydia comes to LA from The Hope Institute, where she served as the program coordinator, supporting, planning and executing the Hope Leadership Academy sessions as well as other Hope Institute events.  Additionally, she has 13 years of teaching experience, starting with Teach for America in Memphis, TN and including public/charter school classrooms in four states.

She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Auburn University and her M.Ed. in administration at Samford University.  She is married to Tyler Barnett, CEO of New Schools for Alabama, and they are parents of two young daughters.

You will be able to reach Lydia via email at lydia@leadershipal.org.

Nominations have been pouring in, and we are thrilled that so many qualified and outstanding leaders are being submitted – thank you!  And, great news – since we are in a Leap Year, we are going to “leap” forward and extend the nomination deadline until next Thursday, February 29.  So, nominations for LA Class XXXIV will remain open for eight more days! Remember, you may nominate more than one person, and your nominees can be from any region of the state, not just your geographic region.

To date, we have received 
96 nominations,
as regionally noted below. 

  • Auburn/East AL – 7
  • Birmingham – 19
  • Cullman/North Central – 1
  • Decatur – 2
  • Huntsville/Northeast AL – 21
  • Mobile/Baldwin County – 13
  • Montgomery – 18
  • The Shoals – 4
  • Tuscaloosa/West AL – 4
  • Wiregrass – 7

Important note –
Last week we discovered the online nomination form’s anti-spam filter on the LA website may have inadvertently blocked some valid nominations from entering the nomination system.  Thankfully, the issue has been resolved.  We have sent a confirmation email today to ALL nominators who successfully submitted a nomination through the online portal.  If you submitted a nomination form but did NOT receive the email with subject Confirmation of LA Nomination, please email us to check the status of your nomination.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and we want to be sure all nominations will be received before the extended deadline, February 29.

Click the buttons below for qualifications, nomination guidelines, and the online nomination form.

Qualifications for Leadership Alabama
Class XXXIV Nomination Form

 

ALI Class VI at Golden Peanut Company in Headland, Alabama
(photo courtesy of Marlee Jackson)

ALI Class VI recently convened in Dothan/the Wiregrass, and Leadership Alabama was thrilled to host the class in this region (a first for ALI and the first time in 33 years for LA).  The class gathered at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and was enthusiastically welcomed by Linda Young (LA Class XXII and LA Board Vice-Chair). Mayor Mark Saliba (LA Class XXV) offered insights into Dothan and living in the Circle City, followed by a presentation from Phil Clayton (LA Class XXXII) and Melody Lee, Grow Southeast Alabama, about the growth in southeast Alabama and the accompanying career opportunities.  The morning session concluded with Trisha Black’s presentation of “Main Street Alabama: Community Engagement, Revitalization and Investment.”

Walter Hill (LA Class XXX) shared information about The United Way and how it creates opportunities, improves lives and strengthens communities for all areas it collectively serves in the state and challenged the class members to become more involved with their local United Way organizations.  The discussion about engaging with local United Way agencies was the perfect segue way to participating in the Poverty Simulation, an interactive and eye-opening experience.  The class was stunned to learn of the many obstacles that the underserve and those in need face as they try to navigate life in poverty situations.

That evening, local Wiregrass LA members joined the ALI class at the Turner Room at Bob Woodall’s (LA Class XXXI) business, with dinner being catered by KBC and Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, who was just named a finalist for a James Beard Award – Best Chef: Southeast. What an incredible treat! After dinner, Bob invited ALI class members for a spontaneous visit to one of the Dothan Mardi Gras dens. It was a fun and festive night to end a great day in the Wiregrass!

Friday’s session was dedicated to delving into all aspects of Alabama’s agricultural environment, including being welcomed by Chris Walker, Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, and learning from Dean Mitchell (LA Class XXVII) about HudsonAlpha’s research, education and development initiatives in the Wiregrass.  Since Dothan is the “Peanut Capital of the World,” it was only natural for Libbie Johnson, Alabama Peanut Producers, and Emmanuel Bankston (ALI Class V) to present “Peanuts in Alabama: Did you know?”

Following the presentations, the class traveled by bus to the Golden Peanut Company, where they toured the peanut shelling factory (group photo above). Then, Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers Federation, addressed the opportunities and strengths inherent with agriculture in Alabama.  The session concluded with an engaging, candid class caucus, which the class always enjoys at the wrap-up of each programming session.

 

As previously shared in several updates, the annual membership dues of only $175, coupled with the incredible support of organizations throughout the state, sustains Leadership Alabama’s operating and regional event expenses.  As we continue to expand statewide activities that will afford all of us the opportunity to be together more often, your annual dues and gifts become even more important to the success of our overall strategies.

If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please remit your annual dues online via the button below or click to print an invoice and send a check to the office.   

Click to pay online.
Click to print invoice.

 

During March and April, your regional councils will meet to review the candidates for LA Class XXXIV from their geographic regions. In conjunction with these scheduled dates, area membership events are also being planned by your regional leaders. The Shoals Regional Council is targeting a date in April, and the Montgomery Regional Council, in partnership with Leadership Montgomery, is planning a membership gathering in April, as well.  Additional information will be sent very soon.

LA Regional Councils

 

Ashley Kaplan
Executive Director
205.905.9415
ashley@leadershipal.org

Kate Cotton
Operations & Development Director
205.515.6515
kcotton@leadershipal.org

⏰ Reminder! LA Class XXXIV Nominations are OPEN 📮

January 30, 2024

As of today, we have received 15 nominations.  Please think about qualified leaders in your area and/or across the state and nominate them soon.
Nominations close on Friday, February 23, 2024.
You may nominate more than one person, and your nominees can be from any part of the state, not just your geographic area.

Recommended nominees will…

  • Show a commitment to their community and state through past and present activities;
  • Lead an area of influence to impact change;
  • Have demonstrated leadership in his/her area of influence to impact change; and,
  • Likely exericse substantial leadership in the future.

Click here for criteria, guidelines and  Class XXXIV Retreat Dates…

Including information on:

  • Age Requirement
  • Organizational Considerations
  • Elected Officials
  • Attendance (see dates below)
  • Tuition

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.

Click here for Class XXXIV’s Nomination Form and Process

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There is still time to renew your LA Annual Membership Dues!

As previously shared, Leadership Alabama’s fiscal year is July 1 – June 30, so we are now in the second half of our financial year.  To date, 578 members have paid dues of $175, and we are extremely grateful – thank you!  Of the 578 dues paying members, 260 sent an additional contribution, with 183 of those contributing at the Gold Circle level.  Click the button below.

Thank you, Gold Circle Donors!

Without question, your annual support of the $175 dues sustains our operating and membership activities, and it allows us to broaden our reach throughout the state.

A new regional council was recently created in the Auburn/East Alabama region, and it is actively meeting and engaged in the current nomination process for LA Class XXXIV.  Birmingham’s regional council, in partnership with Leadership Birmingham, hosted a membership event featuring Mr. Ron Blatman, producer of the “Saving the City” documentary series, and it was well attended.  Additionally, other regional events are currently being planned, so stay tuned.  The upcoming newsletter will highlight all of these activities.

If you haven’t had a chance to submit your $175 dues for this fiscal year, we would greatly appreciate it if you would consider doing it now.  See below – it’s super easy to do!     

Click here to pay your membership dues online.
Click here to print a pdf invoice to mail your dues.

Questions? Contact us by phone or email.

Ashley Kaplan
Executive Director
205.905.9415
ashley@leadershipal.org

Kate Cotton
Operations & Development Director
205.515.6515
kcotton@leadershipal.org

📣 LA Class XXXIV Nominations are now OPEN ‼️

January 16, 2024

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Recommended nominees will…
  • Show a commitment to their community and state through past and present activities;
  • Lead an area of influence to impact change;
  • Have demonstrated leadership in his/her area of influence to impact change; and,
  • Likely exericse substantial leadership in the future.
Click here for criteria and guidelines…

Including information on:

  • Age Requirement
  • Organizational Considerations
  • Elected Officials
  • Attendance (see dates below)
  • Tuition
Please Note
  • 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 XXXIV, 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(s).
The Nomination Process
  1. A nomination form must be received by Friday, February 23, 2024 for a person to be considered for LA Class XXXIV.
  2. Nominations will be considered by the Regional Councils throughout the state, and each council will prioritize the nominations for its specific region.
  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(s).

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.

Click here for Class XXXIV’s Nomination Form

LA Class XXXIII at Airbus in Mobile – January 12, 2024

Class XXXIV 2024 – 2025 Program Year

Retreat Dates
  • October 16 – 18, 2024 (Wednesday – Friday)
    (Attendance at all parts of the opening retreat, including all meals, is mandatory.)
  • January 16 – 18, 2025 (Thursday – Saturday)
  • March 6 – 8, 2025 (Thursday – Saturday)
  • May 14 – 16, 2025 (Wednesday – Friday)
Click here for more information about the Leadership Alabama class program year.
Questions? Contact us by phone or email.

Ashley Kaplan
Executive Director
205.905.9415
ashley@leadershipal.org

Kate Cotton
Operations & Development Director
205.515.6515
kcotton@leadershipal.org