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Leadership Academy

Published On: Mar 13, 2015Updated On: Apr 08, 2015

The Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership development program designed to enhance the leadership skills and core competencies of not-for-profit leaders within the LeadingAge membership.

The Academy’s graduate-level curriculum provides a rich learning experience through multiple program components, including exposure to:

  • A foundation of leadership knowledge that Fellows can draw from to enhance their own leadership skills and core competencies.

  • Innovative organizations and the people responsible for transforming care and service delivery in our field.

  • Diverse perspectives from seasoned leaders and colleagues in the field to foster a deeper understanding of issues facing aging services providers.

An important aspect of the curriculum is to influence change and help advance innovative programs and practices through Action Learning Projects, where Fellows learn through hands-on, practical experiences by implementing a program or practice within their organization. 

In addition, the program helps to build a lifelong network of peers, dedicated to continuing the Academy experience through shared learning, fellowship and service opportunities.   


The program consists of five meetings throughout the program year. Listed below are the tentative locations/dates for the upcoming program year:

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO
October 31-November 4, 2015
Boston, MA

Winter Experience
January 25-29, 2016
San Antonio, TX 

PEAK Leadership Summit
March 12-17, 2016
Washington, DC 

Summer Experience
July 11-15, 2016
Denver, CO 

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO
October 28-30, 2016
Indianapolis, IN 

Please Note: the program schedule is subject to change.


LeadingAge seeks inclusive participation within the field of aging services, representative of its diverse workforce. Any individual who works for a LeadingAge provider member organization is eligible to apply, irrespective of professional experience, type or level of position. It is far more important for an applicant to demonstrate deep leadership potential within their organization than it is for them to have a specific job title or tenure in the field.  In addition, we strive for an exceptionally diverse cohort of fellows with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including but not limited to age, gender, race, ethnic, religious and geographic diversity.  This focus on diversity creates a richer learning experience throughout the program year, helping to fuel leadership development and personal growth.


A non-refundable fee of $5,500 is required upon selection. Participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel costs/arrangements. Limited tuition assistance is available for financial hardship situations. 


A committee of LeadingAge members and association staff will evaluate applications using the following criteria: 

  • How well defined, insightful and introspective are the leadership essays?
  • How well does the applicant demonstrate a personal commitment to the field of aging services?
  • How well does the applicant demonstrate a dedication to lifelong learning?
  • How well does the applicant possess the leadership capacity needed to become a transformational leader? 


2016 applications are now closed. Applications for 2017 will open in March of 2016.


Please contact Meg Ogea at or call 202.508.1212


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