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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
  • 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
  • "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

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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 2023 will be selected this fall.  Nominations for the Class of 2023 will be open from April 5- May 30th. Dates for the classes for 2023 will be set in the coming months.

2022 Program Dates

Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, 2022 - Opening Retreat
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, 2022 –Mid Year Retreat
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Thursday, November 10, 2022 –Graduation



Nominations are now open for the 2023 Class of Leadership Albany. Alumni must nominate by May 30th.


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.