Leadership Albany, Inc. is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors who are Leadership Albany program alumni and are elected by the alumni membership. Leadership Albany, Inc. accomplishes its mission through the following programs:
Leadership Albany Class
The purpose of the Leadership Albany class is to educate, prepare and inspire leaders to address the challenges facing the Albany area.
Each class, made up of approximately thirty individuals, is selected each year based on a competitive application process. Emphasis is placed on selecting participants from a cross-section of the community based on gender, ethnic background, profession, and volunteer experience.
The Program schedule begins with an orientation in late August, followed by a two-day retreat in early September and continues through May with monthly day-long sessions. These sessions are filled with activities, and hands-on experiences related to community issues and leadership skills. The experience concludes with a commencement program in late May. In addition to these sessions, participants must attend a school board meeting, city and county commission meetings and participate in a community service project. Attendance at the opening and mid-year retreats is mandatory and only two absences from the other sessions are allowed.
LA was one of the greatest things in my development as a leader and a new person in the Community. It challenged me about what I had assumed about myself and why I needed the others that were in this class with me! The number of times I have called on my classmates since my May graduation is too many to recall. EVERY one in that room I now consider leaders that will attack the issues that must be addressed!
~Kevin Hils, Zoo Director, Chehaw Wild Animal Park and LA '12
Leadership Albany is among the most comprehensive community leadership training programs available from anywhere I have worked and lived. The curriculum provides a thorough education about community government, industry, services, business, and education. Program class members are a foundation of professional networking that fosters relationships throughout the community."
~R.D. Harter, Director of Public Information, Dougherty County School System and LA '09
The purpose of the Leadership Albany Alumni program is to provide continuing opportunities for leadership development, networking and service to the community.
Leadership Albany program graduates and members of the Charter Board qualify for membership in the Leadership Albany Alumni Association. Annual dues are $100, payable beginning in April of each year. Beginning in 2018, you can achieve Lifetime Membership by paying dues consecutively for 5 years, or by paying a lump sum of $500. Benefits include invitations and discounts on special events and access to the online searchable database and directory. Members of the association may be invited to serve on committees such as curriculum planning, class selection and nominating.
"Leadership Albany empowers relationships, networking and learning beyond the "typical" leadership courses. I was probably one of the few people that was "familiar" with each of subject days; but there was not one day that I did not walk away with greater understanding. This program provides a pathway to connect deeper in the community and provides fundamental skills that are transferable to any environment or any locale."
~ Jawahn Ware, County Clerk, Dougherty County Board of Commissioners and LA '14