LEAD Atlanta empowers leaders at an earlier age to make a difference.

Program Overview

LEAD Atlanta is an intensive eight-month leadership development and community education program targeted at promising young professionals in Metro Atlanta.  Starting with the Class of 2018, class participants will range between the ages of 27 and 34. Through personal and professional development and broad exposure to the community, LEAD Atlanta aims to equip young leaders early in their careers with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective leader committed to the common good. Established in 2004 as an initiative of Leadership Atlanta, the program is distinguished by its unique integration of personal, professional, and community education.

LEAD Atlanta boasts a diverse roster of accomplished alumni. These young leaders, and all who follow their example, represent the next generation of Metro Atlanta's leaders.

Why Apply?

In this age of hope, inspiration and activism, it seems everyone talks about leadership― but how do you really accomplish it?

If you are a young professional between the ages of 27 and 34 and have been asking yourself this question, you are not alone. Other talented individuals across metro Atlanta have been asking themselves the same question. (If you are not within this age range, you might be interested in our signature, executive-level program, Leadership Atlanta).  

Through its intensive eight-month program, LEAD Atlanta aims to help you answer this and other similar questions through the provision of several key learning areas, including:

  • Leadership skill development
  • Candid conversations with distinguished regional leaders
  • Behind-the-scenes access to metro Atlanta’s critical services and diverse communities
  • In-depth examination of fundamental social issues
  • Personal growth and self-assessment
  • Relationships with a diverse group of your peers, metro Atlanta’s other emerging leaders

All of this adds up to a transformative experience for you and for the community!


We are currently accepting nominations for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2018.



Applications for the Class of 2018 will be available in January 2017.


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