African American Leadership Initiative

AALI's Mission

The mission of AALI is to identify and cultivate African American leaders in Mansfield and Richland County. AALI functions to create a network of diverse leaders with relevant opportunities to connect and contribute.



Our AALI Final Report



Richland County African American Report



African American Leadership Initiative

Help The North End thrive for years to come. Donations can be conveniently made online. We appreciate your support!

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Diversity is a hot topic in today's society. Even here in Richland County, many businesses, boards, schools, social groups, and other organizations are spearheading efforts to increase their diversity and become more inclusive. Moreover, study after study has highlighted the social, intellectual, and economic benefits of diversity both in the workplace and in society as a whole. As a result of this, we've decided to launch AALI, the African American Leadership Initiative.





An initiative that encourages diversity

AALI is a new initiative brought to you by the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC). NECIC is an asset-based community economic development corporation. In serving Mansfield's diverse population, we realized that many of the assets of the African American community were unrecognized. It is our goal, through AALI, to recognize and connect those assets, encourage leadership development, and support residents in building a network that will ensure success.



  Small Grant Opportunities for Black/Minority Owned Businesses.

Click here for more details about Small Business Grant Opportunities


 Do you have a business or a side-hustle but don’t know enough about running and growing a business? Have an idea for a business but feel frustrated and don’t know where to start? Want to make a meaningful impact in your industry or community?


NECIC’s Business Development Services provides the following:

Business Advisory though the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) and Trainings.

The Microbusiness Development Series is for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs who want to gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to start, and grow a successful business.


How are African Americans doing in our community?



AALI Speaks

AALI Speaks is a speaker series that provides a platform for inspiring African American speakers to share insightful and thought-provoking experiences and stories. A great way to inspire leadership and cultivate people's assets is to expose them to high-achieving individuals.

AALI Speaks is free to attend but you can pre-order lunch for $10 on the event registration below, or feel free to bring your own. Seats are limited, so make sure to get your tickets early! Tickets are required for every event.


Do you have a speaker in mind that you would like to hear at AALI Speaks? Feel free to recommend him or her by clicking the button below.

Suggest a speaker

AALI Membership and Support

Last year was a great start to AALI and we have tons of supporters to thank. We especially want to recognize the inaugural members of AALI below.    

Trai'Shaun BeardAretha Grier
Wenda BurnomRachel Houston
Alicia CamakJason Lawrence
Renda ClineRhonda Marsh
Brigitte ColesPamela Williams-Briggs
LaMeshia CurryAntwan Woods
Stephen Greene 


You can also become an AALI supporter!

When you become an AALI supporter, your community support is shared with the public (unless you request to remain anonymous) through branding and marketing.

There are various opportunities to support AALI, such as sponsoring a membership or an event. In-kind donations are also welcome (and much appreciated!).

Please click the button in the table below to find out more.



Become an AALI Member

Become an AALI Supporter

Develop self-awareness and sharpen abilities through strengths-based approach

Invest in creating an environment that focuses on inclusivity 
Adaptive leadership training through lecture and experiential activities

Showcase commitment to the importance of professional development

 Broaden personal and professional networksEquip employees with tools and confidence to display leadership qualities
 Increase understanding of community landscape

Ensure continuous pipeline of quality leaders reflective of our diverse community

                              Become a Member                                 Support AALI


Thank you to our AALI Supporters!


  Become a Gold AALI Supporter! 


  Become a Silver AALI Supporter!


  Become a Bronze AALI Supporter


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