Black Leadership Re-Defined
(Official AALF Podcast)

Black Thought Leadership

COVID-19 Community Resources

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is comprised of over 1,500 African Americans who self-identify as Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders, Ambassadors. Collaboratively, these leaders volunteer their time, talents and treasure to support our mission to build a just society that works well for everyone.

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Convenings, Gatherings & Forums that Connect Black Leaders. Our events encourage everyone in the community to play a role in taking steps to improve the lives of African Americans and connect with each other. Our We Good? COVID-19 & Black MN virtual town hall is keeping the African American community informed about the impacts of the public health crises. Other AALF events, such as our Annual Gala Celebration and BARAZA, bring the community together to learn more about the strides we’ve made and the work we still have left to do. We’re also reshaping the narrative around African American lives, Black leadership, and the Black experience with our weekly podcast: Black Leadership Re-Defined. The show can be found on our website and airs on KMOJ Sundays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Collective Impact Initiative: A Black-Centered Approach to Empowering Our Community: AALF’s Collective Impact work consists of a Task Force and Workstreams with the goal of tackling the most substantial challenges facing the African American community. The Task Force (open to the public through an application and interview process) includes 8-12 African American thought leaders and social innovators who collaborate to set the S.M.A.R.T. objectives of the Workstreams, including a Black Vision around Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture as it relates to the African American community. The process utilizes principles of human-centered design thinking.

The Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy (JRJLA):  The Leadership Academy is a  year long hands-on path to personal and professional discovery directed by facilitators, mentors, developmental tools, and experiential learning opportunities. Each fellow builds a vocabulary for articulating their purpose and passion in a way that leads to impactful change. The skills developed through the program serve as a launching pad for exercising leadership in Collective Impact projects. The overall goal of the academy is to accelerate the leadership development journey of emerging African American leaders. Fellows are chosen for the Leadership Academy through a closed application process. Candidates must be nominated by an AALF Board Member or JRJLA alum in order to submit an application.

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Marcus Owens
Marcus OwensExecutive Director
Rebecca Nichloson
Rebecca NichlosonCommunications Director
Ernest Comer III
Ernest Comer IIIAssociate Director
Alissa Paris
Alissa ParisProgram Coordinator
LaCora Bradford Kesti
LaCora Bradford KestiProgram Director

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