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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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 | Published on 8/10/2016
 Teresa Smith
Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau
Welcome Center Manager

Building a positive buzz around something makes Teresa Smith happy, especially when that something is Albany. As manager of the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, it’s her job to inspire people about Albany and help create memorable experiences for people visiting The Good Life City.


“When I’m involved with a project at work I am incredibly enthusiastic about evaluating the results, developing the sales, increasing the ranking, and building the buzz,” says the Albany native. “I am most passionate about marketing and customer service.”


Teresa says she has always appreciated volunteering, serving, and giving within her family, church, and community. “Growing up in church, I learned that following Christ’s example is the best way to demonstrate servant leadership, and I purpose my beliefs and actions to lead by example.”


When not working, she loves volunteering at her son’s sporting events at Monroe Comprehensive High School, being with family and friends, or curled up on the couch with a good book.


How would she like to be remembered?


“As someone who truly made a difference through being a proactive leader, and encouraged others to live a devoted life of passion, purpose, and prayer.”