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Creating An Alumni Leadership Circle. ‘Bridging the Gap’. Alumni Leadership Circle (ALC) History. Founded in 2005 with the help of 5 alumni & two inspired educators: - Ann Fields and Bea Cassidy

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Creating An Alumni Leadership Circle

‘Bridging the Gap’

Alumni Leadership Circle (ALC) History

  • Founded in 2005 with the help of 5 alumni & two inspired educators:

    - Ann Fields and Bea Cassidy

  • Alumni met to discuss forming a group that would link the academy, industry, and alumni together

  • Alumni volunteered their time to meet and form the ALC.

  • ALC has about 70+ alumni in current database









Who is involved in creating an ALC?





What is involved in creating an ALC?

  • Time & Commitment

  • Volunteering

  • Leadership

  • Industry support


When is the right time to create an ALC?

  • As soon as a group of committed alumni can be located.

  • NOW!!


Where do you begin creating an ALC?

  • No specific location

  • Utilize all resources

    - Local schools

    - Industry sites

    - Personal homes




Why is creating an ALC important?

  • Supports the academy curriculum

    - Sustains industry standards

    - Guest Speakers speak about industry

    - Mentors provide guidance for students

  • Motivates all involved to contribute to

    continued success

Why? (continued)

  • Promotes community involvement

    (building strong local communities)

  • Serves as an outlet for alumni to excel both

    professionally and personally



How do you actually create an ALC?

5 Steps

Step 1: Solicit former students who have completed the

academy program

- Different schools (all in same area)

example: 4 different schools represented

Step 2: Make Contact/Establish a rapport & arrange a

‘Meeting of the Minds’

- highlight the primary goal to create a group of

alumni to enhance the academy

How? (continued)

Step 3: Establish a structure

(officers, core group, leaders)

- Success has been partially due to

their being no officers (we all act as

officers/lead council)

- Consider a Group Advisor who

provides needed support and focus

How? (continued)

Step 4: Official Launch

- Seek industry support to arrange an

Official Launch event

- Locate alumni for launch event

examples: Miami Seaquarium &

Four Seasons Hotel - Miami

How? (continued)

Step 5: ALC has been formed

- Involvement in industry events

- Student conference

- Advisory Board

- Presentations at schools

- Volunteer at academy events

* Around the World Dinner

* Tourism Professional of the Year

‘ Bridging the Gap’


ALC’s Central Theme

‘Bridging the Gap’


  • Students explore their academy

  • Learn about industry (internship & behind

    the scenes exposure)

  • Graduated from the academy

‘Bridging the Gap’


  • Provides support (professional & financial)

  • Partnership with academy

    - Planning


    - Advisory Board Members

‘Bridging the Gap’


  • Completed the academy

  • Working in the industry

  • Links the ACADEMY & INDUSTRY together

  • Best marketing tool for the ACADEMY & INDUSTRY

  • Represents the BRIDGE in ‘Bridging the Gap’

ALC Goals

  • Focus on life after the academy

  • Getting Alumni involved with industry events

  • Helping future academy graduates

  • Increased networking opportunities

  • Motivate educators, industry, & alumni by

    focusing on how important everyone’s role in

    the academy is.

The Alumni Leadership Circle

When are you going to start your Alumni Leadership Circle in your city?

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