The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a one-year curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement for their remaining time at the Capstone.

Upon graduation, participants earn recognition as Blackburn Fellows and begin their work through professional and civic involvement in their home communities and throughout the state, both individually and through the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN). Supported by an Advisory Board of established leaders committed to the state of Alabama, the Blackburn Institute promotes change through an intergenerational network that learns from the past, takes action in the present, and plans for the future.

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During virtual Annual Symposium, our keynote speakers and select panels will be simulcast to the Blackburn Institute's YouTube channel. Please share these events and the URL ( with your community.

Upcoming Events

Wed 23

Alabama 101: Alabama’s Tax Structure and Budget

September 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thu 24

ALL Fellows Meeting

September 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 01

October Small Group Meeting

October 1, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Oct 07

October Small Group Meeting

October 7, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm