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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!

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    • 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."

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    • 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."

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 | Published on 7/20/2016
DCO Energy, Field-Engineer


It doesn’t matter the medium, Michael M. Stewart can appreciate great architecture and design in a myriad of things – buildings, cars, clothing... even appliances.


“As a designer, I have the opportunity to change the world as people live in it… to change how people feel and think in a positive way,” he says. “This is what excites me about my profession. – to  be able to create space and things that will enhance the way of life for others in both form and function.”


Michael says his passions run deeply for God, his family, motorcycles, music, and becoming a real estate and business mogul. “I try to talk about God not with words, but by the life that I live,” he stresses.


Married with two sons, Dylan, 2, and Brycen, 10 months, the Plains, Georgia, native says his mother is and always has been his inspiration in life.


"She works extremely hard to make ends meet and beyond to provide for needs, while enjoying life. I greatly appreciate all that she has done and demonstrated for me throughout my life.”