"Whenever I am involved in working collaboratively I constantly draw on my ALF experience – for me, effective collaboration and ALF are forever linked."

- Van Shields, Class III
Director, York County Culture and Heritage Commission

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About ALF

Mission Statement

Our mission is to join and strengthen established leaders in the Charlotte Region to better serve the public good.  We do this through an intense year-long program that fosters learning and trust among experienced leaders from every sector of our community.  The ALF – Charlotte Region Chapter, a flagship program of The Lee Institute, serves a 14-county region encompassing both North and South Carolina.

8 Cornerstones

  • Building trust and relationships among diverse leaders.
  • Motivating leaders to be catalysts for positive community change.
  • Strengthening collaborative leadership skills in the arts of democracy.
  • Exploring the interconnectedness of communities within a region.
  • Enriching and renewing personal values while fostering a balance between being and doing
  • Understanding and empowering self and others
  • Exploring, understanding and valuing diversity
  • Inspiring leaders to a lifetime of active public engagement

Founded in 1980 by Joseph Jaworski, More than 300 leaders in our 14-county region have participated in the program, encompassing both North and South Carolinas.  The charlotte Region chapter, founded in 1999, is one of 9 chapters across the country with more than 3000 graduates.

The Lee Institute became a catalyst for the development of this leadership capacity by launching the Charlotte Region Chapter of the American Leadership Forum.