For each Fellows Program in each Chapter each year, ALF selects 20 - 25 leaders from the business, nonprofit and government sectors to participate in the ALF Fellows Program. The one-year program includes monthly seminars on collaborative leadership topics and community issues, a six-day Wilderness experience, and, in some chapters, a class initiative that examines a pressing regional issue. One of the most important aspects of the program is the strong personal bonds that develop between the Fellows, promoting lifelong relationships that span multiple boundaries. Click on the "Programs" tab above to learn more. Please see each local chapter website for a directory of Fellows and Senior Fellows.
ALF Fellows are members of a class currently participating in an ALF Fellows Program. Senior Fellows are individuals who have participated in and graduated from an ALF Fellows Program. Click on "People" above to see a list of Current Fellows and Senior Fellows.
Some ALF chapters have an application process, while in other chapters participation is by invitation only. Members are selected for their recognized leadership position in the community, as well as their potential to provide collaborative leadership and regional stewardship in the future. The selection process is designed to create a diverse group within each class of Fellows, bringing together individuals from different sectors, ethnic backgrounds, religious traditions, political affiliations, genders, geographies, and more. In single sector Fellows Programs, members are selected from a single sector but represent many different roles in different parts of that sector.
Because ALF aims to bring together diverse leaders to serve the common good, the organization typically does not hold positions on community or political issues. ALF, as an organization, would require a resolution by the Board of Directors in order to take a position on any issue. However, ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows frequently advocate for positions on community issues and ALF encourages such activity. The views of ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows should not be construed as those of the organization, its staff, or its Board of Directors.
Most of the potential for positive impact on the community lies within the network of ALF Senior Fellows. Check with the individual chapters for information on how to engage Senior Fellows on a specific issue.