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  • 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

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Leadership Albany Class

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 Leadership Albany Class of 2025 will be selected this fall.  Nominations for the Class of 2025 will be open May 30th. Dates for the classes for 2025 will be set in the coming months.

2024 Program Dates

Thursday, December 14, 2023 - New Class Orientation
Friday and Saturday, January 12-13, 2024 - Opening Retreat
Thursday, February 8, 2024 - "Community Challenges"
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - "Innovation & Technology"
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - "Natural Resources"
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - "Discover Albany"
Thursday through Saturday, September 12-14, 2024 –Mid Year Retreat
Thursday, October 10, 2024 - "Cultural Competency & Communication"
Thursday, October 24, 2024 - Fireside Chat
Thursday, November 14, 2024 – "Engagement & Action"
Thursday, November 21, 2024 – Class of 2024 Program Graduation



Nominations will open for the 2025 Class of Leadership Albany on May 30th.  Nominations must come from Leadership Albany Alumni.


The application for the next Leadership Albany Class will be emailed to each nominee after nominations close. The application is online and nominees will be sent a due date in their email with the application link.