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1902, 2020

Niila Hebert on AALF’s Task Force Experience: African Americans Are Not a Monolith

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Collective Impact Task Force includes 12 Black leaders from across Minnesota, each with a unique skillset and community engagement experience. These leaders are chosen via an application and interview process and have spent the past several months utilizing principles of Human-centered Design to create problem statements that help empower the African American community in the Twin Cities around Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, [...]

1902, 2020

Courtney Schroeder on AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force: It’s the work that drives sustained change

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Collective Impact Task Force includes 12 Black leaders from across Minnesota; each with a unique skillset and community engagement experience. These leaders are chosen via an application and interview process, and focus on Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture in the Black community to bring about change. We recently reached out to one of our Task Force members to get [...]

1902, 2020

Rose McGee Reflects on AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Collective Impact Task Force includes 12 Black leaders from across Minnesota; each with a unique skillset and community engagement experience. These leaders are chosen via an application and interview process, and focus on Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture in the Black community to bring about change. We recently reached out to one of our Task Force members to get [...]

1902, 2020

Anissa Keyes on AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force: “It helps to put strategy to action with an intended outcome”

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Collective Impact Task Force includes 12 Black leaders from across Minnesota, each with a unique skillset and community engagement experience. These leaders are chosen via an application and interview process, and focus on Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture in the Black community to bring about change. We recently reached out to one of our Task Force members to get [...]

1902, 2020

Community Harvest Insights: Economic Development in the Black Community

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum recently held a convening at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center in North Minneapolis, which brought together African American leaders and changemakers from across the Twin Cities to reflect upon the Problem Statements developed by our Collective Impact Task Force — a dynamic group of Black thought leaders chosen through an application process to identify solutions to some of our community’s most pressing challenges. The [...]

1902, 2020

Community Harvest Insights: Supporting Black Family & Culture

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Community Harvest event, held at UROC (Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center), brought together Black leaders and changemakers from across Minnesota to reflect upon the Problem Statements developed by our Collective Impact Task Force — a group of African American thought leaders chosen through an application process to identify solutions to some of our community’s most pressing challenges. For five months the Task Force has [...]

1302, 2020

Creating Space & Opportunity for Leadership Development

By |February 13th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is developing a pipeline of strong leaders who gain skills in tackling key issues of social justice. Our Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy cohort experience equips participants with a greater awareness of community assets and opportunities leading to stronger connections with other African American organizations and their leaders. Our alums are inspired to shape the vibrant narrative that redefines and uplifts the African American [...]

702, 2020

AALF Associate Director Ernest Comer III Talks About Black Leadership

By |February 7th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is currently requesting submissions from Minnesotans who identify as African American for our 2020 My Blackness Means digital campaign by finishing the sentence, “My Blackness means . . .” The purpose of this campaign is to amplify the voices of African Americans in Minnesota and to explore how the past, present, and envisioned future inform who we are and how we lead. We recently [...]

602, 2020

Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy: 2019 Highlights

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy is a six-month 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 this program serve as a launching pad for exercising leadership in AALF's Collective Impact projects. The [...]

602, 2020

AALF Program Director on Black Leadership: “It’s about the African American community guiding other folks who identify as African Americans”

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is currently requesting submissions from Minnesotans who identify as African American for our 2020 My Blackness Means digital campaign by finishing the sentence, “My Blackness means . . .” The purpose of this campaign is to amplify the voices of African Americans in Minnesota and to explore how the past, present, and envisioned future inform who we are and how we lead. We recently [...]

602, 2020

AALF Executive Director Marcus Owens Reflects on Black Leadership

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is currently requesting submissions from Minnesotans who identify as African American for our 2020 My Blackness Means digital campaign by finishing the sentence, “My Blackness means . . .” The purpose of this campaign is to amplify the voices of African Americans in Minnesota and to explore how the past, present, and envisioned future inform who we are and how we lead. We recently [...]

302, 2020

Program Coordinator Alissa Paris Reflects on AALF’s Feb. Black Census Monthly CONNECT

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) recently held our February Monthly CONNECT on the Black Census moderated by AALF program coordinator Alissa Paris! This month's panel members included Anika Robbins (Civil Rights Commissioner & Executive Director of the ANIKA Foundation) and Kelsey Dawson Walton with guest Nicque Mabrey (Community & Cultural Organizer). We reached out to Alissa to get her insights on the discussion. AALF: How do the themes/topics explored [...]

3001, 2020

AALF’s Black Leadership Re-Defined Podcast: Exploring Leadership in the Black Community

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

Many of the topics examined on the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) podcast explore the re-definition of leadership through our four leadership personas: Thought Leader, Builder, Influencer, and Ambassador. Here’s more information about how each is defined: Thought Leader: A seeker, analyzer, and synthesizer of information who helps to understand and solve problems by developing future focused solutions through innovation and creativity. Builder: A developer of programs and infrastructure. An [...]

3001, 2020

Introducing the ‘My Blackness Means’ Digital Campaign

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) invites you to participate in the My Blackness Means campaign to celebrate the diversity within the African American experience and the great strides we’ve made. If you identify as African American, we’d like you to share your thoughts on what Blackness means to you by finishing the sentence “My Blackness means . . .” The purpose of this campaign is to amplify the voices [...]

2901, 2020

AALF’s Community Harvest: The Black community can solve its own challenges

By |January 29th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) recently held a Community Harvest event at UROC (Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center) in North Minneapolis. The harvest brought together Black leaders and experts from across the Twin Cities to reflect upon the Problem Statements developed by our Collective Impact Task Force and to strategize around creative solutions to bring change to the Black community. During the event participants provided insights on the process [...]

2701, 2020

Program Director LaCora Bradford Kesti on Black-Centered Design (BCD)

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is currently developing a Black-centered Design (BCD) process, informed by Human-centered Design, to solve some of the African American community's most challenging problems. We reached out to our Program Director, LaCora Bradford Kesti, to talk about this innovative concept and how it can be used to help our community thrive! What is Black-centered Design (BCD) and why is it a necessary aspect of African [...]

1501, 2020

Brandon Jones (Psychotherapist, Professor, & Author) on AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force: “Collective minds make my leadership better”

By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s Task Force includes 12 Black leaders from across Minnesota; each with a unique skillset and community engagement experience. These leaders are chosen via an application and interview process, and focus on Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture in the Black community to bring about change. We recently reached out to one of our Task Force members to get their insights on [...]

1001, 2020

Exploring AALF’s Four Leadership Personas

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) has over 1,500 African American network contributors working to solve critical challenges facing the Black community! Our 2019 breakfast gala celebration, Collaboration: The Four Personas of Leadership took place at the University of Minnesota (McNamara Alumni Center), led by a panel of leaders from across the Twin Cities and hosted by T. Mychal Rambo (Actor/Singer) with performances by Jamecia Bennett (Actor/Singer). The event's speakers [...]

1001, 2020

Ashley Oolman Reflects on AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

The African American Leadership Forum’s Collective Impact Task Force includes 12 Black leaders from across Minnesota; each with a unique skillset and community engagement experience. These leaders are chosen via an application and interview process and focus on Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture in the African American community to bring about change. We recently reached out to one of our Task Force members to get [...]

1001, 2020

Join the Network: Contributing Time, Talent, Or Treasure

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: Website Features|

If you haven’t done so already, The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) invites you to join the Forum's network. You’ll be part of a dynamic group of 1,500+ Black Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders, and Ambassadors who contribute their time, talents, and treasure to empower the African American community in Minnesota and across the country. AALF’s network contributors come with a multitude of interests and skillsets; they are leaders, allies, artists, [...]

912, 2019

A New Era of Great Black Leadership: Reflections from 2019 Fellows JoAnna Gallmon-Young & Robert Harper

By |December 9th, 2019|Categories: Website Features|

AALF's Leadership Academy is Shining a Light on Emerging Black Leaders The African American Leadership Forum's (AALF) Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy is a six-month 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. We recently reached out to two fellows from our [...]

612, 2019

2019: AALF Year-End Highlights

By |December 6th, 2019|Categories: Website Features|

A Year of Empowering the African American Community & Supporting Black Leaders The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is a cross-sector network of Black leaders and change makers working to solve the most pressing challenges in our community. We believe in a just and healthy society that works equally well for everyone and our approach to achieving this is through collaboration. As a democratic, people-empowered movement, all work of the [...]

210, 2019

Announcing the Minnesota Trust Black Women and Girls Town Hall Report

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Press Release|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Announcing the Minnesota Trust Black Women and Girls Town Hall Report Amplifying the Voices of Black Women and Girls Across the Twin Cities! MINNEAPOLIS, October 1, 2019 — The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is excited to announce the release of the Minnesota Trust Black Women and Girls Town Hallreportauthored by Dr. Brittany Lewis (Chair, Minnesota Trust Black Women & Girls Planning Committee) and Robin Wonsley (University [...]

110, 2019

The African American Leadership Forum’s BARAZA: A Black Woman’s Health Event

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Press Release|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Announcing the African American Leadership Forum’s BARAZA: A Black Woman’s Health Event Young, Healthy, and Black conference will help African & African American girls in Minnesota live their best healthy life!   MINNEAPOLIS, September 30th, 2019 — the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), in collaboration with organizations that work with teens and young adults, will hold a one-day conference to support the health and well-being of girls [...]

110, 2019

Supporting Black Changemakers: Discover where you fall on the leadership spectrum!

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Website Features|

Supporting Black Changemakers: Discover where you fall on the leadership spectrum! The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is thrilled to welcome Al McFarlane a panel member at our 5th Annual Gala Breakfast Celebration — Collaboration: The Four Personas of Leadership, along with panel members Shawntera M. Hardy (founder of PolicyGrounds Consulting), Reuben Moore (Minnesota Community Care), and Caroline A. Wanga (Target Corporation). This annual event convenes more than 500 African [...]

110, 2019

Everyone is a Leader with the Ability to Help Improve the Black Community!

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Website Features|

Everyone is a Leader with the Ability to Help Improve the Black Community! The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is excited to present our 5th Annual Gala Breakfast Celebration: The Four Personas of Leadership with panel member Shawntera M. Hardy (founder of PolicyGrounds Consulting), along with Al McFarlane (Insight Media), Reuben Moore (Minnesota Community Care), and Caroline A. Wanga (Target Corporation). The gala will bring together over 500 changemakers and leaders [...]

110, 2019

Identifying African American Leaders Building Areas of Opportunity

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Website Features|

Identifying African American Leaders Building Areas of Opportunity The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) welcomes four distinguished members of the community as panel members at our 5th Annual Gala Breakfast Celebration — Collaboration: The Four Personas of Leadership, including Caroline A. Wanga (Target Corporation), Al McFarlane (Insight Media), Shawntera M. Hardy (founder of PolicyGrounds Consulting), and Reuben Moore (Minnesota Community Care). This year’s event will bring together 500+ social innovators [...]

2208, 2019

Announcing the African American Leadership Forum’s 5th Annual Gala Breakfast Celebration

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Press Release|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Announcing the African American Leadership Forum’s 5th Annual Gala Breakfast Celebration Collaboration: The Four Personas of Leadership will bring together 500+ social innovators from across Minnesota to explore leadership dynamics MINNEAPOLIS, August 16th, 2019 — the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), an organization of over 1,500 African Americans working to solve critical challenges facing the Black community, will hold their 5th Annual Gala breakfast celebration, [...]

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