Leadership Albany



Nominations for Leadership Albany are now open! 

Please click here to nominate online.

Nominations must be made by an alumni of Leadership Albany.  Anyone interested in participating in Leadership Albany should seek out an alumni who knows them well and is able to submit their name for nomination.  A current list of alumni can be found here.

Nominees should demonstrate leadership abilities for the benefit of Southwest Georgia, are typically already successful leaders with diverse backgrounds, represent varied business, civic and non-profit sectors, and are poised to substantially increase and broaden their scope of leadership capacity within their personal and professional lives.

Instructions and applications will be emailed to those nominated after nominations are close. The completed application will be due at a specified deadline. Alumni making nominations should discuss the nomination process with their candidate and follow up with them to ensure they received the application information.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@leadershipalbany.org.

Program Changes for 2020

Please Note:  Nominations will not open until April, and will close with our Annual Meeting and graduation on May 9th.  Please continue to make note of potential nominees so you can share them with us in April.

The next Leadership Albany class will officially kick off their program in January of 2020.  Beginning with this class, we will shift our annual class calendar from one that follows the school calendar, to one that follows the calendar year.  This change allows us many advantages in how we engage sponsors, plan our programming and class selection, and execute our annual class.  The FAQ below will address more details on why this change was made and how it helps the organization.

What are the advantages of this change?
We have identified several key advantages to beginning our class in January.  Most of our sponsors, including those covering tuition for our participants, operate on a January 1 fiscal calendar.  Beginning our class in January helps align our budget planning with our supporters and alumni.  In addition, this helps us with advanced program planning.  The summer is typically used as a program planning period, and on the old calendar this planning happens just before class days begin in the Fall.  Now our summer program planning will be well in advance of a January class start, allowing us to truly design the Best Class Ever each year.  Other notable advantages included aligning our board rotation with partners such as The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, and creating breaks in the year that are much needed for board activities outside of class programming.

What will be the new class dates?
January – Orientation and Opening Retreat
February-May – Regular Class Days
June-August – Break
September – Mid-year Retreat
October – Regular Class Day
November – Final Class Day and Graduation
December – Break

Will the program content change?
The Leadership Albany board has committed to updating our content annually based on the needs of the Albany community.  Our program day framework will remain similar to that of the old schedule, and content will change as needed.

What calendar do other community leadership programs use?
Our research of other communities in Georgia revealed that about half of the programs follow our old calendar system, and half follow the new one.  The choice is based on the needs of each individual community.

What will Leadership Albany do during the Fall of 2019 when there is no class?
Our board is constantly pursuing strategic growth of the organization, and we are much looking forward to a brief break from class planning and execution to solidify our mission, vision, and goals.  We will use this time to address topics such as alumni engagement, professional development, and community needs assessment.

Are there any other significant changes that this decision will necessitate?
Yes, we expect to change our fiscal year to match the class year, as well as our board service rotation.  We have consulted with alumni who are familiar with these processes, and we expect an easy transition.

If we did not address any of your concerns or questions, please contact us at info@leadershipalbany.org.

Ed Freeman Leadership Award

Nominations Due March 1 each year

Alumni make nominations for this award by sending an email to info@leadershipalbany.org stating the name of your nominee and describing why you feel the nominee should be honored with the award. Specify items that meet the criteria listed below.

The ideal recipient of this award can be described as:

  • Sought out opportunities to improve the Albany Area Community
  • Innovative
  • Willing to take risks to achieve the goal
  • Stepped up to the task, took responsibility for important initiative benefiting the community
  • Enthusiastic
  • Skillful communicator
  • Inspired others to assist in the process of accomplishing the vision
  • Set an example for others
  • Provided encouragement and recognition to those who worked together to accomplish the goal

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Albany, GA 31701


With a focus on developing effective business, community and elected leaders and recognizing the unique strengths of each program toward that goal, Leadership Albany and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Leadership Development merged in May 2017.

Leadership Albany was established in 1984 for the purpose of identifying and developing leaders in the Albany Area. With more than 800 alumni, the organization’s roster reads like a who’s who of area business, nonprofit and city/county leaders. The Leadership Institute started in 2015 at the urging of area businesses that saw the need for new skill sets in their workforce.

The merger allows for the blend of the Leadership Albany program, which places a strong emphasis on building community trustees, and curriculum programs of the chamber’s Leadership Institute, which focuses on developing traits such as political awareness, media savvy and business leadership.

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.