The Alaska Leadership Academy (ALA), sponsored by Alaska Policy Forum, is designed to train, inform, equip and connect experienced and emerging leaders in Alaska. The program is based on the enduring freedom principles of our country, and explores how those apply to the challenges our state and nation face today. Graduates will be positioned to grow as visionary and principled thought leaders who can guide Alaska’s future.

Applications are now open for the 2022 class! To apply, click here, or to nominate a candidate please email the name and contact information to APF.

How does it work?

The ALA program consists of eight sessions held in Anchorage monthly from October to May. Sessions begin with a networking reception on Friday evening. On Saturday, training is from 8:30 am to 5:00 PM, with breakfast and lunch being catered. Outstanding instructors from around the country and Alaska will facilitate and present on topics such as the free market, ethical leadership, on-camera media training, Alaska’s constitution, and crisis management. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, and do outside reading and work as assigned throughout the course.
For 2022/23, course dates are as follows at local hotel venues.
  • October 15
  • November 11-12
  • December 2-3
  • January 13-14
  • February 10-11
  • March 10-11
  • April 14-15
  • May 12-13

Who is eligible?

Any Alaskan can apply! Seats are limited and competitive: some applicants will be chosen for interviews, and from those interviews, the final cohort will be selected. Successful applicants are motivated individuals from all corners of Alaska with demonstrated leadership potential and a desire to make a difference for our state.

What’s the cost?

Participants pay a modest tuition and agree to participate fully in the program. Thanks to generous donations by Alaska Policy Forum supporters, the 2022/2023 tuition is $500 per participant. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance.  Travel and lodging stipends will be provided to students who reside outside of the Anchorage/Mat-Su area. Mileage reimbursement will be provided for Anchorage/Mat-Su-area students.
For 2022, tuition is $500. Students who fully participate and graduate from the program will be rewarded back 50% of their paid tuition.

How do I apply?

Applications and letters of recommendation are due August 10. Click here to view and complete the application form, then email it to Alaska Policy Forum.

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