Welcome to the Adirondack Leadership Institute
Our mission is to provide retreats and courses to individuals and groups that strengthen their ability to lead, promote a sustainable vision, and innovate their industry.
We provide free and low cost guided wilderness retreats, courses, and personalized training to our members and personal development day retreats to the general public. All of our lessons are taught by experienced leaders and experienced adult educators. We are actively working towards accreditation and hope to be a fully accredited adult training organization in a few years.
We train our members in a holistic manner, addressing their individual leadership needs. All of our courses provide our students personal and organizational development. This means as a student of ALI you will work directly on your own tasks in leadership. We will work with you on getting your ideas out and bringing them to reality. We will help you work through issues in your organization and teach you the skills to keep things running well.
We challenge our members to reach greater potentials of enlightened engagement with their communities. We help them move forward in a way that grows the environmental and economic sustainability of the communities they work in. We work to alleviate the pressures of daily life for our members by allowing for retreat, encouraging personal development, and providing useful technology driven resources and training. We invite you to join us in developing our new organization into something great and lasting for a better Adirondacks and a better world. Signup today to become a member or join us for one of our day retreats open to the public.
The Adirondack Leadership Institute is a New York State, 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization located on the edge of the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness area of the Adirondack Mountains.
Commitment to Sustainability
We are committed to promoting sustainable innovation through leadership training that connects leaders with nature, resources, and self. We provide leaders with free individualized training that addresses their unique problems in developing a sustainable future for all.
At ALI our commitment to sustainability goes beyond the training we provide. We walk the walk ourselves by operating a paperless office powered by IT services from organizations who are walking with us. Our web-server, Dreamhost, has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, our customer relationship management (CRM) software is provided by a certified B corporation committed to sustainability thedatabank, and our merchant services are provided by another certified B company also committed to sustainability Dharma Merchant Services. We choose service partners who will help us achieve our mission and are examples of organizations paving the way for a sustainable future.
We deliver our lessons in the wilderness and we teach respect for the wilderness while guiding in it. We practice a strict leave no trace policy during our lessons. By choosing to teach in nature we are choosing a learning environment that is producing zero pollution and is carbon negative.
Being in nature can heal our emotional and physical wounds, bring us clarity and vision, and allow us to see our possibilities. In order for us to build a sustainable future we need to work with a clear understanding of our possibilities. By connecting with nature we can let go of the blocks that have prevented us from moving forward and find balance in our actions. With balanced actions we can insure the sustainability of the choices we make. Join us in nature today by coming out to one of our wilderness retreats on personal development, or by becoming a member and signing up for an outdoor course.
What Innovation Means to the ALI
The Adirondack Leadership Institute is committed to helping members understand and utilize the latest innovations in order to create efficiency, reduce waste, and build a sustainable future. We provide training that helps leaders find opportunities for innovation in their field by exposing them to current innovations and helping them find clarity in the available choices.
We look towards innovation as a way to improve the efficiency of administrative tasks and reduce the need for energy and material resources. We operate the Adirondack Leadership Institute with the latest in information technology and we are always trying to innovate our own methods to keep a small footprint on the planet. It is important to our organization that the technology we utilize is focused on sustainable innovation. This is why we partner with certified B companies like theDatabank.com that are committed to innovating for good. theDatabank's innovations have been helping non-profit companies reduce thousands of hours of time and thousands of pounds of materials doing administrative tasks since the late 90's. Innovations in sustainability, like those from theDatabank.com, occur when leaders have a clear understanding of their capabilities and make a decision to take a risk. This is best achieved when leaders are grounded and open to new ways of thinking.
Our retreats help leaders free their minds from daily distractions and open up to a future of endless possibilities. Please join us now for a wilderness day retreat or signup to be a member. As a member you will have access to register for any of the courses we offer online and in the wilderness.
What Leadership Means to the ALI
Leadership theory is a quickly developing social science created to understand what makes leaders successful. We believe that teaching leadership theory to current and potential leaders can help them achieve their goals by providing them with a frame work for leading others. Beyond teaching leadership theory we provide leaders with training that focuses on administrative tasks that generally bog down leaders from achieving their goals.
Our own leadership team represents over a decade of experience in adult education, law, and business administration. Our leaders have operated their own businesses and have experience improving environmental and economical sustainability in their fields. We started the Adirondack Leadership Institute to share our commitment to a sustainable future with others.
All of our training is provided by experienced leaders who know what it takes to achieve great change. Please signup now to be a member. Membership is free and once you are accepted you will gain access to register for any of our courses and retreats.
Our Leadership Team
Anthony T. Hanson
Anthony has over a decade experience as an adult educator, IT professional, web developer, and consultant. He has helped thousands of non-profit organizations run their online operations, and consulted many on leadership skills that have helped companies save and grow. He has experience as a business leader and has managed the daily operations of a lucrative resort and retreat center in the Adirondack mountains. He is a licensed New York guide and has a growing Adirondack guide business. Anthony has a Masters in Education and a Masters in Leadership from Augsburg University. He has been a practicing Buddhist for over a decade and is excited to bring his Buddhist lessons in mindfulness and mantra meditation to the ALI.
Elizabeth C. Huffman
Elizabeth is a business leader with several years experience in fine retail management and experience managing daily operations for an Adirondack resort. She has the unique perspective of growing up in northern Minnesota and understands what a nature based life is like. She is currently working on completing a Masters in Education and has a Bachelors in Anthropology from Hamline University.
Bryan Liam Kennelly
Bryan is a business leader and attorney who has operated a growing law firm in Lake Placid, NY for over half a decade. He is a community activist and has managed the operations for several campaigns within the Adirondack region. Bryan is a well known Adirondack local who has spent much of his time working to make Lake Placid a better environment for tourism and youth.