Leadership Albuquerque develops knowledgeable and engaged civic leaders. In its 40th year, the program prepares professionals at all levels and from a variety of industries to expand their influence in their organizations and in our community. Throughout this ten-month course, each cohort of approximately 40 students gains a deep understanding of issues that impact the economic growth and quality of life in our city and state. They enjoy interactions with high-level community leaders, government officials, and industry experts and gain insight into the most important challenges we face.
Leadership ABQ is a 10-month program, running from September through June.
Leadership ABQ begins with an overnight retreat for the entire entering class. Afterward, the class gathers monthly for curriculum days on various topics, including Public Safety, Education, Technology and Innovation, and Downtown Redevelopment. Throughout the program year, Leadership ABQ participants are assured the following benefits:
- ACCESS to top influencers and decision makers in our city and state
- Interesting and exciting EXPERIENCES
- KNOWLEDGE about the critical issues impacting economic growth and our quality of life
- Meaningful CONNECTIONS with other business and civic leaders in Albuquerque
- Opportunities for introspection and LEADERSHIP growth
Application guidelines for Leadership ABQ.
The application period for Leadership ABQ runs from the beginning of March through mid-May. Acceptance notices are sent the last week of May and tuition in full is due by mid-July. Each participant will receive professional headshots during the summer, and a “Welcome to Leadership Albuquerque” reception is held for each incoming class in late August. The mandatory retreat to kick off the program is held in mid-September. Tuition for Leadership ABQ participants is $2,825.00 for Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Investors and $3,825.00 for non-Chamber investors.
Tuition covers the mandatory retreat, meals, materials, fees for speaker bookings, and the graduation ceremony. Occasional parking fees are not included. Limited scholarship funds are available for Chamber Investors. These funds are primarily reserved for small business owners and officers at nonprofit organizations. Accepted applicants who must withdraw may receive a refund 75% of their tuition on or before July 31, and 50% refund between August 1 and 31. No refunds will be issued after August 31.