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Cultivate your leadership skills at ASA's 2018 Leadership Institute

The ASA Leadership Institute is a five day leadership development intensive that offers self-assessments of communication and leadership styles, presentations by recognized leaders in the field of aging, facilitated dialogue, networking opportunities, leadership literature and online learning. Additionally, there is an option to enroll in a mentorship program. Program components are carefully designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in the field of aging.  

Understanding the context of a leaders’ work is vital. This program focuses on understanding and embracing cultural differences in a way that respects aging adults. Graduates will leave this leadership development program with a broad exposure to key influencers and with multiple opportunities to stay connected with other bright professionals who aspire to be their best. 

The 2018 ASA Leadership Institute will primarily take place during the Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, March 26-29, 2018.  Click Here if you are interested in receiving program information once it becomes available.

Successful Participants

This unique leadership development opportunity is open to all professionals in the field of aging who have at least three to five years’ experience and a strong interest in building personal leadership skills and capabilities, including effectiveness in current or future professional positions. Once successfully enrolled, participants will complete two online individualized assessment tools, pre-reading assignments and participate in two web seminars on the future of aging. Successful participants also learn about mentorships via links to webpages that share the benefits of having a mentor, how to create a mentee profile on ASA’s Mentor Advantage site, and how to best approach a potential mentor. Orientation and all other activities will be conducted onsite at the 2018 Aging in America Conference.  Full participation is required to successfully complete the program and earn the Leadership Institute Certificate of Completion. 


Benefits to Attendees and Their Organizations

  • An increased self-awareness of your leadership style, a keen understanding of how your style can complement or clash with others’ styles, and an understanding of how to adjust to fit the needs of the people you manage.
  • Mastery of approaches to working effectively in multicultural and ethnically diverse organizations and communities to influence positive change.
  • Substantive insights into the leadership styles and experiences of visionaries, policy makers, change agents and influencers who have had significant impact in the aging field—a professional network of colleagues.
  • Participants who successfully complete this program receive an ASA Leadership Institute Program Certificate, helpful in securing future promotions or advanced employment positions.  

Program Objectives

  • Review major shifts in the field of aging, including the impact of changing demographics, culture, policy, technological and other factors on leaders and diverse communities;
  • Understand the importance of leading a multicultural, inclusive team of professionals who reflect diverse views and opinions;
  • Learn from successful leaders who have worked across boundaries, silos, and have surmounted barriers to solve small and big issues, creating sustained improvement;
  • Learn to access needed resources to serve the growing cohort of diverse elders facing a spectrum of health, racial, economic and other disparities;
  • Begin building a more expansive and robust professional peer network with which you will share resources, ideas, helpful information in future years.  

Enrollment Fees:

ASA Member rate: $1,295
Non-member rate: $1,495 (includes one-year ASA membership)

Registration: Registration will open in October 2017. For questions about LI 2018, please contact contact Krista Brown.

Your fee to attend the ASA Leadership Institute includes registration for the Aging in America Conference and up to eight (8) CEUs for attending workshops and ASA’s 2018 Diversity Summit.

Please note: Do not register for any other events if you choose to participate in ASA’s Leadership Institute (If you are a presenter at the Conference, please contact Krista Brown, Director of Education at ASA, for accommodations). Due to limited capacity, the fee for this program is nonrefundable.


ASA thanks the Weinberg Foundation and Missouri Foundation for Health for their generous support of the 2017 program


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