"I was (and continue to be) stunned by the power of vulnerability. Once members of a group are willing to “put their cards on the power” — by being honest, authentic, open and compassionate to others — and commit to “largest good” solutions (rather than “my good” solutions) it amazes me what can occur. It sounds easy; it sounds trite. It’s neither. But it is worth it. ALF both made me realize its power and gave me skills and confidence enough to do it."

- Josh Thomas, Class VIII
Partner, Topics Education


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Fellows Programs

The American Leadership Forum brings together established leaders to learn new processes of collaborative leadership with a regional focus. The program provides a unique opportunity for communication across sectors by bringing together members of diverse groups. ALF is centered on the premise that good leadership depends upon cultivating a sense of civic responsibility, a climate of trust and open dialogue among divergent sectors and a positive vision, along with collaborative problem-solving skills.

The overriding goal of the program is to foster a sense of personal responsibility for change in the community and to provide a pivotal experience that enhances the growth and development of each Fellow.

Fellows meet on a monthly basis and are hosted by members of the class at various locations throughout the Charlotte Region.  ALF faculty members are experts in their field, and recognize the importance of participatory dialogue and experiential learning. All sessions are designed to be highly interactive.