OnBoard Birmingham brings together young professionals – many who are new or returning to the city – to embark on a journey where they can LEARN the story of Birmingham; EXPERIENCE its culture; NETWORK with its people – established young professionals and city influencers; and use their time, talents and treasures to SERVE the broader community.

why onboard?


TALENT RETENTION – Helping new employees build an affinity for Birmingham improves an employer’s chances of retaining its talent

CONNECTIONS – Encourage employees to grow their professional networks and connect with a diverse group of professionals from various industries

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – The five-month OnBoard experience helps employees new or returning to the city to leverage their talents and position themselves for growth


AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS – Make lasting connections with other young professionals and learn from city influencers and leaders who are moving Birmingham forward

EXPLORE THE CITY – Experience Birmingham’s culture like a local and enjoy the city’s favorite events, restaurants and hangout spots

SERVE – Identify opportunities to use your time and talents to serve and position yourself for growth 

OnBoard Birmingham is a five-month leadership development program for young professionals – participants are either new or returning to the Birmingham seven-county region and are between the ages of 24 and 35. The program is now in its fifth year and over 400 early-career professionals are now “OnBoard Birmingham” as graduates of the program.

Participants build an affinity for Birmingham, grow their professional network and leverage their talents to position themselves for growth opportunities within their respective companies. The program runs from August to December and includes leadership development sessions where participants will hear from Birmingham historians, business leaders and public servants on the city’s history, revitalization and economy. Participants can also attend events held at some of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants, bars and breweries, as well as have the opportunity to serve the community they now call home.

OnBoard Birmingham is the premier way for Birmingham’s young professionals to learn, experience, network and serve their community. But don’t take our word for it. Here are nine OnBoard Birmingham graduates – hailing from everywhere from Ohio to Texas to California to right here in Birmingham – who are glad they chose to participate.


Alabama Power
Baker Donelson
Balch & Bingham 
Baptist Health Systems
Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith LLC
BBVA Compass
Birmingham City Schools
Birmingham Education Foundation 
Burr & Forman
Children’s of Alabama 
Lakeshore Foundation

Maynard Cooper & Gale
Regions Bank 
ServisFirst Bank 
Shannon Waltchak
Southern Company Services
University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Viva Health 
Warren Averett


Finance and Insurance
Law (Professional Services)
Health Care
Construction & Engineering
Public Relations & Marketing

Welcome OnBoard Reception – August 28 

Laying the Foundation: Birmingham’s
History & Culture
 – September 11  

OBB Experience Event - Trucks by the Track
– September 16

Laying Foundation: The Birmingham Economy 
– September 25

OBB Experience Event - Art After Five – October 5

Public and Private Partnerships – October 16

Food and Innovation (lunch event) – October 30

Birmingham 2.0 – November 7

A City on the Rise – TBA

OBB Experience Event – TBA

OnBoard to Serve – TBA

Closing Reception/ Alumni return – TBA