Join the Network

As a democratic movement of changemakers and social innovators, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) places the leaders we engage with into two distinct categories: (1) Subscribers and (2) Network contributors. AALF subscribers receive general information about public events we hold, such as our Monthly CONNECT events and annual gala celebration. Overall, we communicate with our subscribers via newsletters and our social media channels.

Being a Network contributor means contributing your time, talent, or treasure to our Collective Impact work and taking the initiative to stay connected to other African American leaders throughout the state. Network contributors have unprecedented opportunities to grow professionally and personally, and to connect with other Black Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders, and Ambassadors. They’re also provided with exclusive information about all AALF programs and convenings, have access to AALF merchandise, and are the first to know about resources and tools that support their career and community engagement interests.

Defining Time, Talent, & Treasure:

Time: Contributors who volunteer their time participate in our Task Force and Work Streams (the (foundation of our Collective Impact efforts) and help support the work of bettering the community.

Talent: Contributors who volunteer their talents are interested in using their unique skillsets to maximize positive impact in the Black community, whether through joining the Task Force and Work Streams, or supporting AALF in some other way.

Treasure: Contributors who volunteer their treasure have a desire to provide AALF and its initiatives with the financial resources needed to bring about change; this can be through donations, event sponsorships or other means.

There are numerous ways to become a Network contributor. You can get involved in our Collective Impact work by joining our Task Force or participating in upcoming Work Streams. You can also support AALF initiatives by donating financial resources that ensure our success or (through nomination) joining the Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy. Although our overall goal is to get the entire African American community in Minnesota involved in bettering our community as Network contributors, we’ve made becoming a subscriber easy too. Visit and add your first, last name, and email address. We’ll keep you informed about upcoming events and public-facing gatherings.