African American Leadership Program

The premier experience for African American leaders.

AALP is a nine-month program using action learning, coaching, and networking to strengthen the leadership growth of Black professionals in private, public, and nonprofit organizations.


AALP is transformative – participants grow in confidence and self-awareness and become more effective decision makers, communicators and collaborators. More than 130 Milwaukee area African American professionals from an array of businesses, professions, and organizations have completed AALP since its inception in 2008.

Program Components

  • Executive coaching with Master Certified Coach Sandye Brown
  • 360 degree feedback using a unique online tool that captures perceptions of colleagues, supervisors, and others for a comprehensive assessment of strengths and areas of growth.
  • Day-long learning sessions that cover topics from forming a personal mission statement, to effective communication, building a personal brand and team building.
  • Evening networking sessions with prominent African American leaders currently active in the Milwaukee area.
  • Leadership impact projects that synthesize learning and connect participants to the larger African American community to create positive change.


This program unleashes the talent of African-American professionals for personal, organizational, and community gain.

  • Personal – AALP leverages each participant’s unique capabilities to enhance performance and boost career advancement.
  • Organizational – AALP strengthens and retains a diverse talent base for Milwaukee organizations.
  • Community – AALP builds a network of skilled leaders who cross the boundaries of geography and industry to help our community flourish.

How to Participate

This program is open to Black professionals who work in Greater Milwaukee area organizations: private, public, and nonprofit. Participants should have a minimum of five years of professional employment, have potential for advancement and hold a position with some influence, which would include at least one of the following: decision-making, program/department management, or supervisory responsibilities. Experienced business owners and entrepreneurs also qualify. The program fee includes 360-degree feedback, coaching, retreat lodging, facilitation, materials, and meals. Rates are $5,500 per participant based on organizational size. Non- Profit and Individuals are also welcome to apply. We do offer discounted rates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity. Applicants must complete a written application and a telephone interview.


Lunch & Learn at Stritch City Center:  Wednesday August 17, 2016
Opening Retreat:
 Sunday October 23rd through Monday October 24th (overnight)
Full Day Sessions (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at Stritch City Center:
 Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8.
Evening Sessions (5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) at various locations:
 Nov. 28, Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22.
Closing Retreat:   Sunday June 4th through Monday June 5th (overnight)
 Closing Celebration:  Wednesday June 28, 2017


Tammy Belton-Davis, Program Coordinator, (414) 339-7604,

Applications are due on or before September 12th, 2016!




Read these stories of transformation to learn why successful professionals chose AALP to sharpen their leadership skills:

"When you have reached a point in your career where it's not another degree that is needed, but something more personal, AALP is right on time. It is not just another course on leadership; it is a journey of your own leadership potential. This program proves that young Black professionals are in Milwaukee and making huge contributions in government, corporate, and non-profit. AALP fostered the drive in me to take on new challenges and stretch myself for success."

- Syneathia LaGrant Manager, Senior Leader Development, Johnson Controls

"I was looking to move into more leadership positions at work and decided that a program like AALP could help prepare me. Aside from learning about leadership theory and techniques I wasn’t sure what I would learn, but I came away with much more than I expected. I came away with a better understanding and insight of myself and how I work with others as well as a new network of professionals."

- Jessica Lemmie, Marketing Material Compliance Specialist, Northwestern Mutual

"I decided to participate in AALP at this point in my career because I wanted to grow and understand if I have what it takes to be a leader. I thought I knew how to define leadership, however, AALP helped to further define my leadership focus."

- Joaquin Altoro, Assistant Vice-President, Community Lending Associated Bank