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Designed specifically to recognize and engage emerging leaders for increased community involvement, personal growth, and professional development. Opportunity to network with peers across business sectors.

Our 23-24 Program Year has begun! Take a look at our Connect 26 Class Directory here!

Our 24-25 Program Year Applications are NOW CLOSED! Our Selection Process will begin in April 2024 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status in May 2024.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Program Director, Kayla Clark at

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Annual ten-month program designed for emerging leaders who are passionate about our community and ready to fully invest. Connect provides professional development segments, jam-packed program days, and links groups of participants to non-profits and organizations that will benefit from their involvement and perspective.


Participation & Selection

Connect recruits emerging leaders from every sector across greater Huntsville. Class members are selected by a combined committee of Connect graduates, local leaders, Leadership Greater Huntsville Board Members, and Leadership Greater Huntsville staff.

Selection is based on high standards of personal integrity, a record of achievement in community activities, desire to increase community involvement, the ability to set and attain goals, and the commitment of necessary time and effort to complete the program. Connect classes usually include 40-50 participants.

Connect class members are expected to attend all program days. Dates are posted online prior to application and selection.


Connect Class 27

This class will run from August 2024 through May 2025. The program days are as follows:

Thursday, August 15, 2024
Friday, August 16, 2024

Thursday, September 19, 2024

Thursday, October 17, 2024

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Thursday, December 12, 2024

Thursday, January 16, 2025

Thursday, February 13, 2025

Thursday, March 20, 2025

Thursday, April 17, 2025

IMPACT RETREAT - *Regional - Will require one (1) overnight stay*
Wednesday, May 8, 2025
Thursday, May 9, 2025
Friday, May 10, 2025


Tuition: $3,750


Program Content

Connect runs from August through May with participants meeting one or two times per month, usually between the hours of 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Each Program Day focuses on one area of the overall community. Small-group Initiatives are completed throughout the year to facilitate community engagement and provide an opportunity for class impact and continued investment in greater Huntsville.

"As a graduate and now a volunteer, I have witnessed and experienced how Connect shapes and changes lives. I have seen how ordinary individuals, with a sense of community service and a desire to give back, have realized that they have the power to be change agents in our community. Once that force is unleashed, great things happen and the character and strength of our community continues to be enhanced because of Connect."-David Little, Keel Point, L-30, C-10, I-3


For more information please reach out to Kayla Clark at or (317)-504-7265.