Chapter Leadership Institute

July 25-27, 2019
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Who Should Attend? 

Each chapter is encouraged to send one or more chapter leaders to CLI. Everyone who attends will find value in the sessions being offered. Ideal participants include:

  • Chapter President-Elects
  • New chapter officers
  • Current chapter officers who have not previously attended CLI
  • Individuals interested in becoming a chapter officer

See what members of the Philadelphia Chapter have to say about attending the Chapter Leadership Institute.

CLI 2018 Recap



The full event agenda will be released in June 2019. For planning purposes, ALA hosts a Welcome Reception Thursday evening. CLI will officially get underway Friday morning and conclude Saturday evening. Participants should plan to travel home on Sunday.

Please Note: ALA's Board of Directors should plan to arrive at the hotel by no later than 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Members of the Chapter Resource Team will need to arrive by no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 25.

Related Costs

  • Registration: $499/attendee
  • Room rate at the Hyatt Regency Louisville: $159/night plus tax 
    • Note: This group rate is available until July 9, 2019, or until the ALA room block is full.
  • Several options exist for ground transportation. Visit the Hyatt Regency Louisville website for more details.

Funding Assistance

ALA’s Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI) is an orientation, training and networking event for chapter officers and volunteer leaders. The ALA Board of Directors has determined that chapters will no longer automatically receive a complimentary registration and a travel stipend for one representative to attend this event. Instead, with the understanding that each chapter’s financial situation is different, the Board has set aside funds to support those chapters who need assistance with the cost and will consider one funding application per chapter based on the financial need.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Board of Directors. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by June 1, 2019.

Note: Only applications for the chapter’s primary representative will be considered. As in prior years, all secondary chapter representatives should be funded by the chapter or they may submit applications to the Foundation of ALA for the Susan French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program.

Access ALA’s CLI Funding Application

Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to

Please Note: Only applications for the chapter’s primary representative are being considered. As in prior years, all secondary chapter representatives should be funded by the chapter or they may submit applications to the Foundation of ALA for a Susan French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program.

Susan French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

The 2019 application process is now closed. Applicants will be notified by June 13 if they've been selected.

The Foundation of ALA has revamped this program! This one-year fellowship program provides for a full scholarship to ALA’s Chapter Leadership Institute and enrollment in the interactive series, Elevate Your Professional Presence Online Program along with a bonus presentation module, presented by Judy Hissong, CLM, President, Nesso Strategies, Inc.

Both of these opportunities include expectations of full engagement and participation by the fellowship recipient. If all program requirements are met, a complimentary registration and travel stipend to ALA’s 2020 Annual Conference & Expo may be extended to recipients. Program participants will be assigned a Foundation Trustee mentor, and also expected to assume a mentorship role for future fellowship recipients.

Click here for complete details and the application. Questions? email

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities 

ALA encourages its business partners to get involved in this high-impact ALA event, featuring leaders from across ALA’s 91 chapters. Any business partner interested in CLI sponsorship or other opportunities should contact Robert Leighton, Manager, Business Development at 847-267-1375. Additional details are available here.

Thank you to our 2019 CLI Sponsors





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