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American Leadership Forum

Joining and Strengthening Diverse Leaders to Serve the Common Good


The Charlotte Region Chapter of the American Leadership Forum is the flagship program of the Lee Institute.

American Leadership Forum (ALF) is a national network of chapters, each dedicated to building stronger communities by joining and strengthening leaders to serve the common good. It enhances leadership by building on the strengths of diversity and by promoting collaborative problem solving within and among communities.

Participating in the American Leadership Forum program was a true gift. I learned more about the regional landscape, myself as a leader, and how I can be a more collaborative and empathetic leader. The bonus was that I had a great time and walked away with some incredible friendships.
Jenni Gaisbauer
Executive Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
American Leadership Forum American Leadership Forum, Group Hike

Annually, 24 established leaders from throughout the Charlotte Region are invited to participate in this eight month intensive leadership enhancement program. The program consists of monthly seminars and intensive dialogue on:

ALF was an amazing experience in that it allowed me to learn more about myself, not just as a leader, but as a person. The team atmosphere not only helps with learning, but it has provided me with a network that I continue to reach out to for help and guidance on a regular basis.
Jeffrey H. Ledford, Chief of Police, Shelby Police Department
ALF-logo American Leadership Forum, class XV

All sessions are designed to be highly interactive. In October, ALF Fellows participate in a two-night/three-day wilderness experience run by North Carolina Outward Bound Professional. The group is immersed in problem solving, physical challenges and personal reflection. This powerful experience encourages Fellows to learn to trust each other and push themselves beyond self-imposed limits.

For more information, please contact Chrystal Joy or visit the ALF Charlotte Region website.

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