ISB Atlanta

Institute for Muslim Civic Leadership (IMCL)



The Institute for Muslim Civic Leadership (IMCL) is an initiative of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta in collaboration with industry thought leaders and practitioners. IMCL trains and cultivates civic leaders who create positive and constructive changes within communities and add value in the public square.  

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." Ralph Nader

IMCL Vision and Mission

Vision – IMCL is the premier leadership development program for cultivating competent and effective civic leaders from within the diverse Muslim and all communities throughout Georgia.

Mission – IMCL seeks to increase and elevate the civic engagement and leadership of Muslims and diverse communities within the public sector. This results in a more vibrant, inclusive, and interconnected civic environment.

Values – IMCL adheres to three core values which underline the leadership development experience. The values are Excellence, Integrity, and Service.

IMCL Values

EXCELLENCE – We embrace accountability for excellence in planning, effort, and outcomes.

INTEGRITY – We adhere to truthfulness, honesty and “walking the talk” of the leader.

SERVICE – We put the needs of those we serve above our own personal needs and desires.

Service to others is the rent you pay here for your room on earth.” -- Muhammad Ali


What Participants Get from the IMCL Experience

  • Improve their leadership skills from current baseline
  • Gain a better understanding of community leadership and become more effective as a community leader
  • Join a vibrant statewide network of civic and community leaders

What Organizations and Communities Get from IMCL graduates

  • Stronger, more effective leaders who improve team functioning and productivity
  • Networking connections and resources that can help advance the organization’s goals


“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” -- Sheri L. Dew

IMCL Platform –  The IMCL program stands upon four foundational pillars central to IMCL: Cultivate, Connect, Inspire and Work.

Cultivate: IMCL aims to develop competent, knowledgeable, courageous, and action-oriented leaders who will apply their leadership skills to civic engagement initiatives and organizations throughout Georgia. IMCL participants gain a better understanding of themselves and their roles as community leaders while enhancing their leadership skills.

Connect:  IMCL provides an opportunity for community leaders to connect. Members will be able to meet with and hear from leaders in the business and non-profit sector, local and state officials, and other community leaders. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to effectively lead change in their respective spheres of influence. The IMCL Alumni Network will be a tremendous resource for networking, mentoring, and mobilizing people and resources towards aspirational goals.

Inspire: IMCL develops leaders who apply critical thinking and creativity to solve current issues.  IMCL participants apply their leadership training to create meaningful impact within their respective communities, occupations, and spheres of influence.    

Work: Group projects chosen by IMCL participants will afford them practical opportunities for them to do “real world application” of the content learned in the program. The projects will reinforce learning, generate teamwork, and benefit civic initiatives. 

IMCL is a nine-month program featuring a series of leadership modules developed by thought leaders and practitioners. The time commitment for IMCL participants is one full Saturday per month for the duration of the program.

The IMCL curriculum contains modular content related to the following competencies:

  • Understanding Leadership
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Making Group Decisions
  • Building Communities Through Collaboration
  • Valuing Community Diversity
  • Group Dynamics
  • Conducting Successful Meetings
  • Managing Conflict
  • Local Government

Additional Resources – Guest Speakers: Besides learning from the curriculum, the IMCL brings in subject matter experts as guest speakers who share their perspectives and experiences relative to civic and community leadership. Participants will hear from people in the field and how they manage the different issues brought up throughout the course of the program. This allows participants the opportunity to see the curriculum applied on a first-hand basis and to ask questions. This holistic approach to leadership training and development maximizes learning, retention, and application of new skills by participants.

Applied Learning - Community Projects: As part of the IMCL requirements participants will team up to plan and execute a group community project.  These projects will be developed within small groups of fellow participants and should generate beneficial value for the community as defined by the group.  Participants will have the freedom to select their own scope of work, within certain guidelines, and implement the project from start to finish. Updates on group projects are presented at the IMCL sessions and feedback/support from staff is provided.  Each group will be paired with a member of the ISB Leadership Council as a group advisor.  Towards the end of the course, the various groups present their projects to the entire cohort as well as various stakeholders.

To be eligible to apply for the program, participants must be at least 25 years old and must be nominated by a sponsor or self-nominate. IMCL candidates should have passion for civic engagement and community service, prior leadership experience, and experience working within groups and organizations. IMCL candidates should have prior volunteer or community engagement experience as well as a basic understanding of issues facing their community.

Participants from ALL backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The tuition fees for the IMCL 2018-2019 are as follows:
Adult: $500.00
Student: $150.00

Limited scholarships are available for 50% of the fee.  Financial necessity will have to be documented and demonstrated.  Please contact for details.  If a scholarship is granted, attendance to ALL sessions will be required or the scholarship will be forfeited and the recipient will have to pay the remainder of the dues.

Tuition fees are payable in full one week prior to the commencement of the program.  Payment in installments will be acceptable upon approval by the Program Manager.

The selection process consists of three stages:

  1. Online Application: In this stage, applicants will provide basic information about themselves as well as their community involvement and volunteer experiences and help us understand their knowledge of community issues and current events.  Access the application here.
  2. Interviews (group/individual): After submitting the online application, candidates will be asked to participate in scheduled interviews. The interview process will be used to gauge the candidate’s ability to work within a team, prior leadership experience, willingness to learn, and interest in doing work that benefits the community.
  3. Selection: Based on a review of the candidates' online applications and assessment of their interview responses, a total of 20 - 30 participants will be selected for the 2018-2019 cohort of the Institute for Muslim Civic Leadership.



 August 10, 2018


 Application Deadline


 August 25 and 26, 2018


 Applicant Interviews


 August 31, 2018


 Acceptance Notifications


 September 14, 2018


 Welcome Reception


 September 15, 2018


 Session 1

 Leadership Principles from a Faith Perspective

 October 20, 2018


 Session 2

 Effective Personal Leadership

 November 17, 2018


 Session 3

 Civic Leadership

 December 08, 2018


 Session 4

 Effective Communications

 January 12, 2019


 Session 5

 Maximizing the Benefits of Diversity through Inclusion

 February 09, 2019


 Session 6

 Mastering Group Dynamics

 March 09, 2019


 Session 7

 Community Organizations

 April 06, 2019


 Session 8

 Local Government

 April 27, 2019


 Session 9

 Group Project Presentations

 June 16, 2019


 Graduation Ceremony



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