African American Leadership Program (AALP)

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 150 Milwaukee area African American professionals from an array of businesses, professions, and organizations have completed AALP since its inception in 2008.

 

  • 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.
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. The AALP fee is $5,500 per participant. Discounted rates are available for individuals who do not have support from their employer organizations, and non-profit organizations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity. Applicants must complete a written application, submit a resume and complete a brief telephone interview.

 
Lunch & Learn: August 17, 2017 at Greater Milw Foundation, 11:30 am -1 pm
AALP Application Deadline Friday, September 15th at 5:00 pm
Opening Retreat: Sunday October 15th through Monday October 16th, 2017 (overnight)
Full Day Sessions (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.):  Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, and May 7
Evening Sessions (5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) at various locations:  Nov. 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26, April 23, and May 21
Closing Retreat:  Sunday June 3th through Monday June 4th, 2018 (overnight)
Closing Celebration: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Learn more about the African American Leadership Program through the Leadership Center.

Q: How can I expect to benefit from this program?
A: As a program participant you will deepen your self awareness, strengthen your leadership and management skills and abilities, position yourself for career enhancement, build networks across the region with other professionals, and gain access to established leaders and key regional decision makers.

Q: What makes this program unique?
A: The program design is based on leadership development best practices, research on management skills that are transferable among professional sectors, the benchmarking of national programs, and the insights and experiences of local Black professionals. It combines four strands that are important to effective leadership: leading self, leading others, creating cultures of performance, and managing change and resources.

Q: How is this program different from Future Milwaukee?
A: The African American Leadership Program is a good complement to Future Milwaukee. Future Milwaukee is a valuable ‘chamber of commerce’ model program focused on civic engagement and leadership. The African American Leadership Program aligns personal, organizational and regional (Southeastern Wisconsin) benefits with the platform to learn and apply both leadership and management skills. It also provides one-on-one coaching to accelerate development.

Q: Who is this program for?
A: This program is for Black professionals who work in Metro Milwaukee 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.

Q: Why is this program focused on African-American professionals?
A: As part of their leadership, African-Americans must convey credibility, establish relationships, produce results, and effect change in their workplace. Often being perceived as "different" or "other" presents unique challenges as these professionals seek to establish themselves within their organizations. The African American Leadership Program provides a forum to examine these challenges as well as to consider the impact of race on an individual and collective level while building their capacity for leadership across sectors.  

Q: How will I know if you have received my application?
A: Upon receipt of your application materials, a confirmation email will be sent.

Q: When will I hear if I have been accepted into the program?
A: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Following the telephone interview, applicants can expect to hear back in about a week.

Q: How often to the program participants meet?
A: The program participants meet twice monthly during the program. The program year begins in October and concludes with a retreat held in June. The time commitment includes the two retreats, one monthly daytime and one evening session, and four coaching sessions over the course of the nine month program.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The program fee includes 360 degree feedback, coaching, retreat lodging, facilitation, materials, and meals. Standard Rates are $4,995, non profit and individuals are offered a discounted rate.

Q: Who pays the fee for my participation in the program?
A: Organizations typically pay the fee for participants in the program. It is best to check with your manager or Human Resources Department for clarification. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur you are eligible for the program.

Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Limited scholarships are available for those with a financial need. Contact us at (414) 410-4553 or leadership@stritch.edu for more information.

Q: How do you decide who is accepted into the program?
A: Applications are reviewed by a committee and decisions are based on the criteria described in the program materials. 

Q: How large are the classes and is there a limit to their size?
A: The group capacity is 20 individuals.

Q: Can a professional based outside of the Metro Milwaukee area region participate?
A: The program is focused on strengthening talent in Metro Milwaukee as well as the Southeastern Wisconsin region. Black professionals from anywhere in the region are welcome to attend as long as distance is not a barrier to full participation.

Q: When is payment due for the participation in the program?
A: The program fee can be paid in full prior to the program or participants can enroll in an installment plan. Payments must be completed by January 1, 2018.

For more information, please email the Leadership Center at leadership@stritch.edu.
 

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