African American Leadership Program (AALP)

The premier experience for African American leaders -- 10 years, 11 cohorts, and 200 alumni!

Celebrating over a decade of developing high performing African American leaders and building a network of 200 alumni, the African American Leadership Program (AALP) is pleased to announce the re-launch of AALP in 2020!

AALP 2020 is the result of a significant program redesign that will incorporate the latest high-impact trends and best practices in leadership development.

The AALP 2020 cohort will begin with an opening retreat from Friday, March 20 to March 22, 2020. AALP will continue to offer a transformational learning experience where participants increase their confidence and effectiveness as leaders in their organizations and across the community.

APPLICATIONS are due Feb. 6, 2020.  There are four (4) parts 1) Online Statement of Interest -- AALP APPLY button below.  2) Résumé with current position and employer information -- email to leadership@stritch.edu 3) One recommendation from a current or former supervisor, community leader or AALP alumni -- applicants will receive an email with the link to the online recommendation form, click here for a preview 4) Interview -- applicants will be notified for a face-to-face interview in mid February.

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The AALP program will offer African American professionals the opportunity to grow through five content areas of learning:
1) Personal development and engagement in Milwaukee
2) Business acumen and management skills development
3) Career exploration and advancement
4) The experience of Blackness
5) Action learning project

The program structure will include a total of 135 program hours including:
1) Opening and closing retreats 
2) Three face-to-face learning sessions that begin on the evening of Thursday, through the day Friday and conclude on Saturday.
4) Four online virtual sessions
3) Individual executive coaching
4) A 360 review using The Leadership Circle tool
5) An action learning group project that has real-world relevance and community impact
6) A closing celebration where colleagues, friends and family attend

 

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. 

Attendance at the AALP Opening Retreat from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2020 is MANDATORY.  Admittance into the cohort is not possible without attendance at the opening retreat. 

Application Process -- DUE February 6, 2020
A complete AALP application includes four parts (4):
  1. Online application form -- see the AALP APPLY button above
  2. Résumé with current position and employer information -- email to leadership@stritch.edu
  3. One recommendation from a current or former supervisor, community leader or AALP alumni -- applicants will receive an email with the link to the online recommendation form. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the recommender completes the form.
  4. Interview -- applicants will be notified for a face-to-face interview in mid February
Please note that the recommendation is REQUIRED. A link to the recommendation form will be emailed to the applicant upon submission of the online application form.  The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the recommendation is submitted and received. 

A face-to-face interview will be conducted in mid-February. Further information will be provided to applicants.

 
 
AALP program dates are tentative  and subject to change.  Final dates will be released in Janaury, 2020
 
Information Session: TBD January 2020  
AALP Application Deadline: February 6, 2020  
Opening Retreat: Wingspread Conference Center, Racine WI  
MANDATORY ATTENDANCE Friday March 20 to Sunday March 22   
Face-to-Face Session Dates: May 7-9; Aug 20-22 and Sept. 24-26  
Virtual Session Dates: April 16; July 16; Sept. 9  
Closing Retreat & Celebration: October 8-9, 2020  
Learn more about the newly redesigned African American Leadership Program ... 

Q: How can I expect to benefit from this program?
A: Like the original program, AALP 2020 participants will deepen 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: Who is this program for?
A: AALP 2020 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: When will AALP 2020 begin?
A: The program begins with an opening retreat at Wingspread Conference Center, Racine WI from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Please contact Margaret Arney at (414) 410-4553, leadership@stritch.edu for more information.

 

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