Getting Started with Leadership Alliance Connect

We are excited to announce Leadership Alliance Connect. A new social networking platform that will promote mentoring across our community of program alumni, faculty, coordinators, administrators, and partner organizations. In this post, you will learn the basics a few simple ways to take advantage of the many ways Leadership Alliance Connect can help you find or be a mentor, share news and career updates, connect with others affiliated with your institution, and find career opportunities.

We provide a comprehensive list of instructions. To skip ahead, use the links below.
Logging In and Updating Your Profile
Site Navigation

Getting access to Leadership Alliance Connect

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1. Go to

2. Hover over the ‘Join Now’ text in the box on the right of the screen.

There are three ways you can register – through your LinkedIn account, through your Facebook account or by using your email with a chosen password.

Once you choose a method of registration, you cannot switch to another method without re-registering. As we do not allow duplicate accounts, please email so that we can help you re-register.

We recommend using LinkedIn to register as it means you have less to complete in the registration form. It also means that if your profile information changes (for example you get a new job) you can auto update your Leadership Alliance profile via LinkedIn, rather than making manual updates.

Accounts created through LinkedIn or Facebook will automatically use the login details associated with these sites. If your details on your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts are out of date, please remember to update before registering through these accounts.

3. Complete the registration pages to create your profile

The following information is mandatory:

Affiliation. Choose ‘Advanced Degree Recipient’ if you have finished graduate School and have received your PhD or MD-PhD; or ‘Student’ if you are a current graduate or undergraduate student.

Leadership Alliance Research Site. This is where did you do your summer research or graduate studies. Note that you can add more than one research site using the “Add another” button described below.

Highest Degree Received.  This is the highest degree you have earned to date. You can update this anytime you’d like.

Graduation or Expected Graduation.  If you are an undergraduate or graduate student still in school, you should select your expected graduation year. This option is only available to those who have selected “student” as their affiliation.

Program Participation Year.  The year you participated in a Leadership Alliance program. If you have done multiple, pick the first year. If you have not participated in any Leadership Alliance programs, select “not applicable”.

+Add Another.  You are able to add additional information if you did more than one summer research with the Alliance or if you would like to post your connection to other Leadership Alliance member institutions.

4. Profile Approval

For many of you, your request will be easily and automatically approved. However, for some of you, it will take us some time to approve your request. This often happens where any of the details you provide do not match our records. For example, you are using a different name, or you’ve entered a different award year to what we hold.

Please be patient with us as we investigate, and please respond to any emails we might send requesting more information.

Your application should be approved within five working days.

Logging In and Updating Your Profile

1. Logging In

Go to hover over the ‘Sign in’ text at the top right of the screen

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Click on LinkedIn or Facebook if you registered through them, or click inside the email box and enter the email address and password that you set up.

Next, you will see your homepage. It will look something like this:

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2. Updating your profile

You have the ability to update the following items in your profile:

Summary. Tell other users a bit about yourself! You can add as much or as little here as you like.

Offer Mentoring [Willing to Help]. During the registration process, you were asked if there were ways you were willing to help your community. You can update your preferences at any time through your profile page.

Reconnecting. Share your progress since Leadership Alliance, and memories. Or add more details about your Leadership Alliance subject studied.

My Leadership Alliance Profile.  Information about your Advanced Degree.

Education. Add your education at institutions that are not at members of the Leadership Alliance here. If you attended a Leadership Alliance member institution, then add it using “My Leadership Alliance Profile”.

LinkedIn sync.  Use this button to periodically synchronize your LinkedIn profile with your Leadership Alliance profile to keep both profiles up to date.

Work.  If you haven’t registered for Leadership Alliance Connect with LinkedIn, update your current and past work details here.

Your professional title.  Make sure you’ve updated your current job title. This will help people who might be interested in your career find you.

Name and Location. Let us know if your name has changed and update location details. Is it right? Make sure to update where you are currently living so others can find you.

Profile photo. If you registered through LinkedIn or Facebook, your profile photo from those sites will automatically be uploaded. You can change your photo at any time.

Contact and social. Add your contact information and links to your social networks. You can choose whether your contact email is displayed on your profile or not. If you registered via email and password, changing your email here will change your log in details!

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Be sure to click the ‘Update’ (or other action word, such   as ‘change picture’) button next to the item you are updating once you are finished each time. If you do not click each individual update, changes will not be  registered.

Once you have finished making updates, click on the ‘I’m done updating’ button at the top right of the screen:

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 Site Navigation

The tabs at the top of the page will help you navigate the site:

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You can amend what notifications you receive by accessing your ‘Account settings’ page through this button at the top right of the page:

Messages from Leadership Alliance Connect

Click on the envelope icon to send and read messages to and from other users through the messaging service. When someone sends you a message, you’ll receive an email notification unless you have turned off notifications.

Invite Alumni

Help the Leadership Alliance community grow! Use the ‘Invite Alumni’ button to encourage Leadership Alliance friends and associates in your personal network to join the community:

Start Mentoring and Networking

Now that you’ve updated your profile and shared how you can help others on the platform, you are ready to start mentoring networking using TLA Connect.

If you still have questions about setting up your account, please contact us at with your question. 

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