The Atlas Leadership Academy (ALA) provides a robust series of credit-based training opportunities that allow you to sharpen your skills in management, communications, and fundraising while building your free-market organization. Our flexible course catalog allows you to practice what you’re learning as you learn it, with opportunities ranging from online courses and in-person workshops to one-on-one mentoring relationships.

Enroll in Atlas Leadership Academy.

You’re in the business of changing the world, and we’re here to help. By connecting you with mentors, best practices, strategies and tools, our experienced team is ready to assist you in reaching your goals – whether they be beginning a new project, preparing for a leadership transition, or taking your think tank from idea to reality.

Course Catalog
Course Credits
Bi-monthly Webinars 1
Regional Trainings 2
Think Tank Impact 3
Smith Fellowship 3
Building Think Tank Research Capacity 3
A Strategic Marcom Rethink 3
Think Tank Navigator 3
Think Tank Leadership Training 3
Mentorship 3
Lights, Camera, Liberty! up to 3
Think Tank MBA 5


The Atlas Leadership Academy is a central facet of the Atlas Network mission; partners, grantees, and award winners are encouraged to take full advantage of these resources.

Individuals earning at least 12 credits including at least 1 in-person credit through our training programs are recognized as an Atlas Leadership Alumnus. Alumni are awarded special opportunities, such as access to a community of leaders, stakeholders, and benefactors, in addition to eligibility to compete in the annual Think Tank Shark Tank competition and win a $25,000 project grant.

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“Thanks to Think Tank Navigator Online, I am certainly more aware of the different roles a think tank has. This I will apply in our current practice to position ourselves correctly in the market of ideas.”
—Edo Omercevic, Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise