African American Leadership Program (AALP)
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 130 hours of programming in a cohort experience that uses team-based learning, executive coaching, and networking to enhance African American professionals’ ability to lead in the Milwaukee area.
Benefits of AALP
This program unleashes the talent of African American professionals for personal, organizational, and community gain.
AALP leverages each participant’s unique capabilities to enhance performance and boost career advancement.
AALP strengthens and retains a diverse talent base for Milwaukee organizations.
AALP builds a network of skilled leaders who cross the boundaries of geography and industry to help our community flourish.
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.
Applying to AALP
Application process timeline
ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Application opens: August 1, 2023
Application closes: August 31, 2023
Interviews: Sep 18 from 9am to 12pm and Sep 19 from 1pm to 4pm
Notification: September 30, 2023
Acceptance deadline: October 7, 2023
Payment due: October 16, 2023
AALP Program Timeline
- Opening retreat: October 20-22, 2023
- Learning sessions & Workshops: November 2023 – May 2024
- Wrap-up retreat: Early June 2024
- Closing Celebration: Thursday, June 27, 2024
- Opening and wrap-up retreats
- Classroom sessions in both virtual and in-person formats
- Professional development workshops
- Individual executive coaching
- A 360-review using The Leadership Circle tool
- Group project with real-world relevance and community impact
- Closing celebration
The AALP Curriculum
AALP concentrates on five areas of learning:
- Personal development
- Business acumen and management skills development
- Career exploration and advancement
- The experience of Blackness
- Action learning project
The AALP fee is $10,000. A sliding fee scale is available for organizations whose annual budget is less than $10M. Please contact the AALP team for more information.
How can I expect to benefit from this program?
AALP 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.
Who is this program for?
AALP 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.
How many people in a cohort?
Each cohort has about 15-20 members.
How long is each cohort?
Each cohort is about 9 months in length.
I’m a Black business owner/entrepreneur. Do I qualify?
Yes, the AALP is also open to Black business owners/entrepreneurs.
Is this a certified/accredited program?
While Cardinal Stritch University is a strategic partner of AALAM, AALP does not offer college or continuing education credits.
Can I see a list of past cohort members?
Yes, you can access our list of past cohort members here.
Have alumni been recognized elsewhere?
The following is a brief list of awards and recognitions of participants who have completed AALP since its launch in 2008. The awards included have been received during or after the participant’s AALP cohort year.
Milwaukee Business Journal
40 Under 40
2022: Antione Carter, AALP 2016
2021: Fiesha Lynn Bell, AALP 2018 and Raynetta Hill, AALP 2018
2019: Devon Norwood, AALP 2014 and Ebony Lewis, AALP 2018
2017: Ashley Hines, AALP 2017
2015: La’Ketta Caldwell, AALP 2015
Women of Influence
2021: Tammy Belton-Davis, AALP 2010
2019: Denise Thomas, AALP 2016
2018: Daphne Jones, AALP 2015
2018: Angela Adams, AALP 2016
Diversity in Small Business: Company
2018: Tammy Belton-Davis, AALP 2010, Athena Communications, LLC
Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award
2019: Angela Adams, AALP 2014 (Corporate Trailblazer)
2018: Teon Austin, AALP 2013 (Education)
2015: Gina Green-Harris, AALP 2012
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Frank Kirkpatrick Award
2018: Melissa Goins, AALP 2009
Madison 365 Black Power: Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders
2018: Rayna Andrews, AALP 2018
2018: Jordan Roman, AALP 2018
Milwaukee, WI Common Council
Elected 2018: Nikiya Dodd, AALP 2014 District 5 Alderwoman
Shorewood Village, WI Board of Trustees
Elected 2018: Wesley Warren, AALP 2018
City of Wauwatosa, Common Council
Elected 2022: Margaret Arney, AALP 2010
YWCA Racial Justice Champion
2018: August Ball, AALP 2018