2023 National Conference a Success!

From July 24 through July 27, over 200 participants from 37 states and two countries gathered in Knoxville, TN, for the 2023 ALP National Conference. 

On Monday, July 24, ALP hosted an orientation to allow attendees to connect before participating in the Welcome Reception hosted by Leadership Knoxville at Neyland Stadium. Attendees enjoyed delicious food and joyful entertainment - including a rousing rendition of Rocky Top by Leadership Knoxville's own John Cherry. 

On Tuesday, July 25, David Jones with Diversity of Thought, Inc., opened the Conference with a keynote address before attendees enjoyed a day full of 15 workshops to choose from over three breakout session times. At the Membership Luncheon on Tuesday, ALP recognized several accomplishments, including: 

Four Graduates Named Certified Community Leadership Practitioners

  • Tammy White, Leadership Knoxville, TN
  • John Cherry, Leadership Knoxville, TN
  • Courtney Hutcheson, Leadership Knoxville, TN
  • Cheryl Johnson, Leadership Montgomery, AL 

Four Lifetime Legacy Award Honorees

  • Wendy Thomas, Leadership Tulsa, OK
  • Tami Miller, Leadership Greenville, SC
  • Jo Ellen Carson, Association of Leadership Programs
  • Dr. Jessie Baginski, Leadership Lake County, OH

On Wednesday, July 26, attendees participated in Affinity Group networking and had the choice of 15 additional workshops throughout the day. During lunch, participants were immersed in John Tolsma's "cereal aisle" experience, with Team One taking home bragging rights. 

On Thursday, July 27, three organizations were honored with an Excellence in Innovation award for their innovative work since this award was last bestowed in 2019. Participants heard from Michael McRay on restorying their leadership journey before learning about Artificial Intelligence (AI) developments from Chris Donovan. 

Excellence in Innovation Honorees

  • Leadership Orlando & the Black Board Leadership Institute
  • Leadership Rhode Island
  • Leadership Berlin & Cleveland Leadership Center

At the conclusion of Thursday morning, it was announced that the 2024 Association of Leadership Programs National Conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island - in partnership with Leadership Rhode Island. Save the dates: August 5 - 8, 2024. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors who made the 2023 National Conference possible:
Leadership Knoxville
Tennessee Valley Authority
M&M Productions USA
Leadership Rutherford, TN
Leadership Greater Hunstville, AL
WestStar Leadership, TN
Kansas Leadership Center
Leadership Unlimited, NE
Neon One
Vision Leadership St. Charles County, MO
Leadership Lackawanna, PA
Leadership Orlando, FL
Leadership Rhode Island
National Leadership Network
Ottumwa Leadership Academy, IA
The Leadership, Baltimore, MD