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Blaze Leadership Academy aims to develop high-potential leaders who desire to grow and contribute more to UAB. This Leadership Academy develops foundational skills and new mindsets to lead and manage effectively in a complex, changing environment. The program includes developmental assessments, opportunities to develop relationships with colleagues across UAB, and content centered on UAB Shared Values and Leadership Expectations.


  • Identify strengths and opportunities to develop as a leader.
  • Build connections to expand your network across UAB.
  • Gain actionable insights to develop new mindsets and behaviors to adapt to a changing world.


Participants should be experienced senior managers, functional directors, or chairs possessing the potential for more demanding leadership positions within the next two to four years. All applicants must have been at UAB for a minimum of one year.

    • Nominations for the 2023-2024 class began June 7.
    • Candidates for the 2023-2024 class were nominated by their Senior Leader (i.e., VP or Dean). Senior Leaders submitted nominations on June 30.
    Nominees will receive a link to a survey application that must be completed within three weeks of receipt. Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee using the following criteria:

    • Experience: Candidate manages a team or a major program and has been at UAB for at least one year.
    • Capability: Candidate performs exceptionally well in their current role.
    • Potential: Candidate is seen as someone who will continue to advance at UAB and has demonstrated a commitment to growth and development.
    • Diversity: Our goal is to put together a cohort of diverse participants.
    A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into the program.


    • Participants must be able to commit to all sessions
    • Dates: 6-Oct, 3-Nov, 1-Dec, 5-Jan, 2-Feb, 1-Mar, 5-Apr 
    • In addition to scheduled sessions, participants will work participate in group projects and 16-25 hours across 8 months



  • “This process involved growing each other in our team roles through coaching and reflection, gaining a better understanding of communication dynamics both among ourselves and across UAB, recognizing the importance of good stewardship of university resources, {and} realizing the potential for our project to mitigate conflicts and address inefficiencies.”
  • "We’ve discussed throughout this impactful program that effective leadership is reflected in several ways – good communication, inclusion, authentically listening.”
  • "At its core, it is a reflection of trust in your group, which invites trust in return.”

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Congratulations Blaze Leadership Academy Alumni 2022-23!