Class members are selected based on their leadership abilities, career accomplishments, volunteer activities, contributions to the community, and commitment to help shape a better community. Because the program is limited in size, many qualified individuals must be deferred. Those not accepted in a given year may be considered again for the subsequent year if they wish.

Leadership Birmingham does not discriminate because of age, sex, race, religion, or national origin. The process of selection begins each spring with an appeal to the public for nominees. Self-nominations are encouraged. All nominees are sent application forms. These applications are given to a Selection Committee, which closely examines them and performs the difficult task of selecting a representative cross-section of leaders as members of the upcoming class.




  • 80% attendance at monthly meetings: September 2017 to June 2018 (see program calendar below)
  • Mandatory attendance at the Opening & Closing Retreats
  • Tuition Cost: $1,500.00 *Scholarships are available based on need.


Nominations are due by March 30th, 2018 for the 2018-2019 class year.

Applications for the 2018 – 2019 Class are due by May 5th, 2017.

If you previously submitted an application and would like to be considered again, please complete the re-apply form.


Nominate Re-Apply Application

Program Calendar for 2017-2018

Please review this schedule to make sure you are able to make the necessary commitment to Leadership Birmingham.

  • Thursday, September 7th, 2017 – Friday, September 8th, 2017
    Opening Retreat
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  • Thursday, October 12th, 2017
    Education Day
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  • Thursday, November 9th, 2017
    Government Day
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  • Thursday, December 7th, 2017
    Healthy Community Day
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  • Thursday, January 11th, 2018
    Justice Day
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  • Thursday, February 8th, 2018
    One Community Day
  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018
    Human Services Day
  • Thursday, April 12th, 2018
    Economic Development Day
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2018
    Quality of Life Day
  • Friday, June 8th, 2018 – Saturday, June 9th, 2018
    Closing Retreat