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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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Our History

Leadership Albany was established in 1984 for the purpose of identifying and developing leaders in the Albany, GA area, exposing them to issues and problems confronting the community, informing them about institutions in the community and providing a forum for the participants to better know each other. The program is designed to be an educational experience and as such takes no position and does not attempt to create a consensus or promote specific actions. Rather, it is hoped that the participants with their increased knowledge of the community, a heightened awareness of its institutions and familiarity with its leaders will involve themselves fully in community life and properly utilize their leadership abilities.

Our Mission
The Mission of Leadership Albany is to develop effective leaders in our community. We will accomplish this by:

Engaging diverse individuals in networking, education and exposure to issues, opportunities and needs;
Empowering leaders to participate in civic and community service; and
Creating a support network for present and future leaders. 

We Believe That:
Effective leaders improve the quality of life for their communities through positive influence.
Successful leadership programming must be innovative, sustainable, action oriented.
Stakeholders in leadership development must operate with integrity, trust and transparency.
Leadership Albany alumni will have a greater impact in our community when working together to share and implement ideas.

Our Vision
For Albany and Southwest Georgia to thrive on the active efforts of diverse servant leaders.




Nominations will for the 2025 Class of Leadership Albany will open by May 30th and must be nominated by an 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.