Albert Lea - Freeborn County

What is LEADERSHIP Albert Lea-Freeborn County?

LEADERSHIP Albert Lea-Freeborn County is a community leadership program which

provides participants an intense look at business, agriculture, politics, education, quality of life, health care, human services, public safety and diversity of our community. The program is designed as an educational opportunity that enables participants to learn about this area’s resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. The intent is to motivate and encourage participants to assume individual leadership roles in community affairs. Participants create strong relationships to encourage their future involvement and collaboration in addressing the region’s challenges.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates for LEADERSHIP Albert Lea-Freeborn County are individuals who:

  • are highly motivated to serve their community and have a passion to make a difference
  • want to cultivate relationships with a network of other community leaders, for both personal and professional benefit
  • have demonstrated community involvement
  • represent various sectors of the community: business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups and other facets of the community

When are applications due?

Applications must be received by June 17, 2016.

Download Application and return to:

Noelle Hagen
AL-FC Chamber of Commerce
1725 W. Main Street
Albert Lea MN  56007

What is the time commitment involved?

Education Day

LEADERSHIP Albert Lea-Freeborn County consists of ten sessions the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Participation in the program requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Participants meet for a full day each month, meeting September through June. In addition, a three hour evening kickoff event is held in August. Selected applicants will be expected to meet the following commitments:

  • attend all program sessions
  • arrive on time and attend the entirety of each session
  • submit a final portfolio and give a 10 minute presentation at June graduation


Up to twenty people are selected to participate in the year’s LEADERSHIP program.

Leadership - Albert Lea

There is no age limit, and anyone may apply who is a resident of Albert Lea or Freeborn County. Participants are selected on their individual merits.

The class selection process seeks individuals from a cross-section of the community with different backgrounds to reflect Albert Lea and Freeborn County’s educational, political, social, and cultural diversity.


“Leadership Albert Lea was beyond my expectations. It was fulfilling to discover the rich opportunities that Albert Lea and surrounding communities have to offer and currently presents to the growth of my hometown. I have lived in this area my whole life and did not realize all the hidden treasures out there!” 

Contact Information

Roberta Czaplewski


Contact Information

Randy Kehr, Executive Director
Albert Lea-Freeborn County
Chamber of Commerce
1725 W Main Street
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Adenuga Atewologun, Ph.D.
1900 Eighth Avenue NW
East Building
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0607 (Office)
507-433-0370 (FAX)

Application Contact

Noelle Hagen
AL-FC Chamber of Commerce
1725 W. Main Street
Albert Lea MN  56007

Kelly Downey
Riverland Community College
Customized Training & Education
1900 8th Ave. NW
Austin MN  55912