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Unleashing the Talent of African American Professionals

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Decision makers, communicators and collaborators

The African American Leadership Program (AALP) is transformative – participants grow in confidence and self-awareness and become more effective decision makers, communicators and collaborators.

More than 200 Milwaukee area African American professionals from an array of businesses, professions, and organizations have completed AALP since its inception in 2008.

AALP offers more than 135 hours of programing in a cohort experience that uses action learning, executive coaching, and networking to enhance African American professionals’ ability to lead in the Milwaukee area.

AALP is a program of the African American Leadership Alliance Milwaukee (AALAM). With AALAM, AALP gives Black leaders opportunities to develop themselves and to serve within their organizations and the community. Together, these leaders make Milwaukee a better place for all. AALP is a strategic partner of Cardinal Stritch University.


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Benefits of AALP

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.
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Who should participate

AALP is open to Black professionals who work in greater Milwaukee area private, public, and nonprofit organizations.

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.

Program components

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2020

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

Dates and fees

February 6, 2020: Application deadline
October 9-11, 2020: Mandatory AALP Opening Retreat.  Admittance into the cohort is not possible without attendance at the opening retreat. 
TBD: In person session dates
TBD: Virtual session dates
TBD: ​Closing Retreat & Celebration

The AALP fee is $5,500 per participant. 

The program fee includes:
  • 360 degree feedback,
  • coaching,
  • retreat lodging,
  • acilitation,
  • materials, and
  • meals. 

Discounted rates are available for individuals who do not have support from their employer organizations, and non-profit organizations. 

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AALP program dates are tentative and subject to change. 

Application information

  1. Online application form.
  2. 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.
    • 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. 
  3. Interview -- applicants will be notified for a face-to-face interview.

FAQs

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.