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 has allowed 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.
Ed Freeman Leadership Award
Nominations Due March 1 each year
Alumni make nominations for this award by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.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
- Willing to take risks to achieve the goal
- Stepped up to the task, took responsibility for important initiative benefiting the community
- 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