2016-2017 Massachusetts Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy 2016-2017
Developing strong, effective leaders in the not-for-profit aging services field.
For the sixth consecutive year, generously sponsored by:
APPLICATION DEADLINE OVER FOR 2017 ACADEMY.
Download the Leadership Academy application form here.
Now in its sixth year, the Academy is designed to help develop leadership skills of managers in the aging-services field. Participants actively explore best practices of leaders, analyze their own leadership, learning and problem solving styles and experience the synergies that result from high performing teams. In order to maximize learning opportunities, space is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.
Overall Program Goals
|Who Should Attend
Those sponsored for the program must be mid-level managers and above at a LeadingAge Massachusetts provider member organization with the potential and desire to make an impact on their organization. At least three years experience managing teams and/or projects is required.
Designed specifically for the adult learner, this 9 month program requires your commitment as an interactive participant to eight full-days and one evening session, plus preparation required for each session. Meetings are approximately every 4 weeks from September 2016 to May 2017. Four sessions will be comprised of a morning session with a faculty member and a larger class and the afternoon session with the Dean and just the Academy cohorts. Work required in-between sessions is estimated to be 4-6 hours per month. As these programs build on one another, missing more than 1 session can impact your learning. Please prioritize your attendance to get the most value.
Tuition is $1000 per participant. Tuition includes all class fees, meals, handouts and a journal. Registration to the Annual Meeting in October and the Annual Conference in May is also included.
| Dean of the Academy
Jodi Detjen has been a professor of management at Suffolk University since 1999. Jodi teaches management at the MBA, Undergraduate and Corporate Education levels both online, in the classroom and internationally. Jodi writes about the skills required and organizational aspects related to living an integrated life. Jodi is the Co-Author at The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life. She is cofounder of a boutique consulting firm, Orange Grove Consulting, focused on developing leaders, building the skills of women to become leaders, and helping organizations to transform their approach to work and talent to foster standout performance. Prior to teaching and independent consulting, Jodi was as an international management consultant based in London, England. Jodi received her MA in International Development Policy focusing on organizational development from Duke University and her BSc from Virginia Tech in Management Science.
Program Description and Schedule
|Tour of Member Communities
Seven of the locations in which the Academy programs will take place are at LeadingAge Massachusetts members. Optional tours will be offered of these communities on that morning, giving the participants a different perspective on how other communities are expanding the world of possibilities for aging.
Academy Alumni Network
Mentor Program for Academy
LeadingAge Massachusetts believes in engaging as many members as possible in advocacy at all levels. At the February program, Elissa Sherman, PhD, President of LeadingAge Massachusetts will speak to the Academy on what it means to be an advocate and describe various ways to advocate from having community events all the way to meeting with government officials. Advocacy is a powerful tool that can impact you individually, your community and the aging services field as a whole.
Applications must be received by July 15, 2016.
Please mail, fax or e-mail form, sponsor letter, and letter of interest to:
The Leadership Academy
"Participating in the Leadership Academy has been one of the great highlights of my career. It is a perfect example of taking a group of total strangers and building a collaboration where everyone supports and encourages each other. Everyone has with their own unique skills and circumstances but contributing to achieving the common goal; learning and growing."
~ Dianne Buckley, Goddard Homestead, Class of 2016
"The curriculum was all-encompassing in the area of leadership training both personally and professionally. A dynamic, power-packed nine months and working closely with the other students was grounding. It is a course no leader wants to miss!"
~ Nancy Leefe, Bethany Homes, Inc., Class of 2015
"The structure and content of the Leadership Academy offered a great opportunity to focus on personal skill development and practice using new management tools in a supportive environment. Even seasoned leaders will find the format stimulating and pertinent, with concrete "take-aways" to implement in the workplace after every session."
~ Lori Ferrante, Elizabeth Seton Residence, Class of 2015
"The class for me was a complete success. Jodi opened a line of thinking for me that I wasn't aware I was capable of. I found the case study to be the most fun I have had in years."
~ Jim Dinges, Nichols Village, Class of 2014
"The Leadership Academy has provided her with necessary techniques and methods for critical thinking that are essential leadership tools. She has shown significant development in learning to challenge members of her team to broaden their perspective on alternative solutions to complex problems."
~ Sheila Waxman, NewBridge on the Charles, Manager of 2014 Participant
"The overall content is excellent! The most impressive part is the building process from one month to the next, from one lesson to the next. It is most noticeable in hindsight, which outlines its brilliance and effectiveness."
~ Francesca Ricci, Rogerson Community, Academy Class of 2012
"Leadership Academy has been an unforgettable and most valuable experience! I am tremendously grateful for the collegial networking and partnerships that have been created, as they will hold steadfast through our careers."
~ Beth Vettori, Rockridge CCRC, Academy Class of 2011
"Attending The Leadership Academy has developed my skills to a level where I see my leadership opportunities opening up to a level I never imagined. Thank you all!"
~ Karen Prest, North Hill, Academy Class of 2011
"She has taken more of a leadership role in the facility. She is now facilitating the monthly nursing meetings and is more comfortable with public speaking. There is an increased confidence in her ability to manage staff conflicts/resolutions since her participation in the Academy."
~ Lisa Kubiak, Executive Director, Mary Ann Morse
“The Leadership Academy has given Pam a fantastic view of the Senior Living Community in the Boston Area. She has brought back ideas from her peers and has solidified her leadership skills through the academy by participating in presentations to the residents. She has become my go to person for operational and financial matters at our community.”
~ Deborah Felton, Executive Director, Fuller Village, Milton MA
“I have observed Patty become increasingly willing to take risks in meetings, volunteer for more task forces and generally, become more of a recognized leader at our community. Although always a good manager, Patty’s management skills with her team have grown stronger and she shows her passion for mentoring and helping her team members grow in a more visible way. Patty has thoroughly enjoyed this experience. She speaks about it often and has taken full advantage of it. We are grateful to the Leadership Academy for hosting this great program and to Patty for the hard work she has put into it.”
~ Janet Hirsch, Director of Community Life, North Hill
“The thing that our administration has noticed is that Joe is more accepting of change and uncertainty. He seems to really have been helped by listening to other manager’s stories and getting an understanding that their problems are similar. He historically has been hard on himself and feeling like some issues were his fault rather than understanding that they are just part of the job. Joe is now more determined and likely to deal with issues head on. I think Joe has really enjoyed and been enriched by the program.”
~ Anne Miller, Assistant Executive Director, Glenmeadow
|More Information or Questions:
For any questions about The Leadership Academy application process or tuition, please contact:
Sue Pouliot, Director of Education and Events, LeadingAge Massachusetts
617-244-2999 | fax: 617-244-2995