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The African American Leadership Association (AALA) is a member-based organization dedicated to providing African Americans and minorities with: exposure, enrichment, opportunities and access to leadership positions.

AALA provides African Americans and minorities with programming that will prepare them not only for leadership positions, but position African American and minority leaders to work collectively towards influential leadership.

AALA is governed by a board of directors and operated by program consultants. With the support of the board and consultants, AALA is empowered by members, partners, sponsors and the community at large to move forward AALA's mission.

Our Mission

Promoting leadership that fosters long term results for African Americans & other minorities.

"We are dedicated to providing African Americans and minorities with exposure, enrichment and access to leadership positions."

Our Vision

Inclusion and opportunities.

Our Goals

Inclusion - Provide African Americans with an influential voice, identifiying and organizing potential leaders while developing and implementing diversity scorecards, leading to lucretive, inclusive opportunities.

Leadership Development - Provide African Americans and minorities with the skills necessary for leadership positions while pairing emerging leaders with seasoned leaders.

Producting Political Power (P3)- Creating political awareness by mapping political positions, opportunities and policies.

Economic Engines-Creating an economic awareness from A-Z, increasing economic influence in the Black Community.


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Dr. Rahmon Hart, Moderator at the 1st Annual African American Leadership Summit.

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Founded in 2009, the African American Leadership Association (AALA) is dedicated to fostering and developing the growth and participation of minority leaders in the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond... Learn More.

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When we started AALA, we wanted African American leaders to have a place where they were able to network, access information, and have questions answered that will help them become more successful. Since inception, people have been placed on boards, promoted and connected to people making a difference in their profession. As we continue to gain momentum, you too can be a part of the movement. Look over the site, become involved, get connected and L.E.A.D. (Leave Egos At the Door).

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