Join Life Leaders

To enjoy and support

  • your continuous improvement
  • learning more of leadership and personal development
  • planning for 7 Areas of Life
  • meeting people of like-mind
  • being a part of something bigger than we are contributing to society and sustainability

Members benefit from options of

  • invitations to attend events
  • announcements of news, progress, plans
  • charitable giving credit
  • additional opportunities to participate with other members and volunteers
  • additional opportunity to influence plans
  • Life Leaders lapel pin hoping you will wear this attractive item to our events and elsewhere.

If outside our geographic region or unable to attend, you can still:

  • read journal articles
  • receive mailings with information and inspiration
  • read, use, download publications
  • stand for education, patriotism, citizenship, public service!

Member donations support

  • seminars, meetings, printed materials, supplies, refreshments…at events
  • programs we offer to schools, communities, and organizations
  • support of volunteers
  • support of professional services (foundation grants typically support all or most staff cost)

Options to donate

  • set up an easy nominal amount of $5 per month to make your support easy and sustainable.
  • suggested annual membership donation of $50 per individual and $75 per couple or family (same since 1992)
  • $12 per year is used by subscribers and friends who want to support at a modest level
  • any amount you choose
  • online or by mail

PayPal is a leader handling transactions online. PayPal will notify Life Leaders of your donation or payment so we can make sure you get member mailings and more.

If you want to contribute in other ways than financial, we welcome volunteerism at events, services, and introducing us to individuals, communities, foundations, and leaders who may be looking for us. If you want to do something “outside the box” or have an idea or preference, David or another trustee can help: (205)670-1733 or

Support Life Leaders with an easy, sustainable $5 monthly membership subscription!

Member: suggest $5 per month

Member – one year, $50

Family Membership – one year, $75

I use PayPal regularly with confidence and can assist you to make a donation online or mail.

–Kyle Crider, member and webmaster, or (205)306-5811

Or, find more giving level options on the the Donate Page

Life Leaders Donor – one year, $100

Life Leaders Co-Sponsor – one year, $250

Life Leaders Sponsor – one year, $500

Life Leaders Patron – one year, $1,000

 Or, if you prefer mail (new address as of 2017)

Life Leaders Institute / 354 County Road 33 / Calera, Alabama 35040

About the Association

The beginnings of Life Leaders Institute began in 1988 after David completed doctoral studies in educational leadership and returned to professional practice in Alabama. Some of the clients and students in corporate training, public seminars, retreats and workshops, and coaching wanted an ongoing opportunity to learn, plan, and improve with like-minded people plus the option to attend evenings with family and friends.

Life Leaders Association started in 1991 as an interest group by David Dyson and Johnny Johnson, then founded as the Personal Leadership Association of America in 1992. We hosted seminars and meetings monthly in the evenings for 25 years. Learned. Planned. Improved. Enjoyed. Met many nice and interesting people. Presented lots of civic club talks and taught a few college courses to expand impact. We hosted three National Leadership Conferences featuring Dr. Stephen Covey’s first lecture in Alabama, Dr. Ken Blanchard, and other authors.

After the “911” attacks on America, we felt called to expand and advance Patriotism in Action, Personal Leadership for Patriots, and Professionalism Under Stress through volunteer Association events and Institute research and publication. We taught ways to develop ourselves into better citizens to make a better country and we added another level of public service. 

After 25 years, starting 2017, we sponsor our own programs part of the time and support other organizations. Examples including partnering or supporting the Alabama National Cemetery, Alabama Money Expo, Birmingham Public Library, National Veterans Day, and Southern Museum of Flight. We have met often as Life Leaders at Lunch instead of after 5 and special events range from patriotic holidays to leadership programs. We invite you to participate, benefit, and support a great mission with participation, planning and action, including donations to help us serve.



Patty Dyson Thompson and Joshua Thompson helping at year-end banquet.

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