Developing strong, effective leaders in the not-for-profit aging services field
For the eighth consecutive year, generously sponsored by:
Applications due by Friday, August 10th
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.
This seven 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 four weeks from October 2018 to May 2019.
The sessions are a mix of intensive group work with the Dean and the cohort, and special LeadingAge Massachusetts events. These events give you a chance to network with not only your cohort, but also the larger LeadingAge Massachusetts membership.
Work required in-between sessions is estimated to be 4-6 hours per month. As these programs build on one another, missing more than one session can impact your learning. Please prioritize your attendance to get the most value.
The LeadingAge Massachusetts Leadership Academy is committed to giving participants tools that will improve their day-to-day management, as well as their development as a leader in the aging services field. Here are some examples of tools you will obtain:
You will need the following documents ready to upload to start your application:
1. A document that answers the following three questions in three different paragraphs:
- What do you hope to gain from this program?
- What are your career goals?
- What is a challenging leadership situation and how have you grown from it?
2. A letter of support from your manager/organization
3. Memo of Understanding, which must be signed by the applicant and his/her manager
4. A current resume
It is not possible to save your application once you have started, so please plan accordingly.
Applications are due by Friday, August 10th
Dean of the Academy
Program Description and Schedule
Please note: Session locations are all to be determined. Locations will be set based on the geographical make up of the cohort.
Introductions, Meet your mentor, Town Hall Forum, and LeadingAge Massachusetts Annual Meeting
Goal Setting and Strength Finders
The afternoon deepens this concept so that you can see strategic thinking in action and apply it back to your daily role.
Live Case Study and Debrief
LeadingAge Massachusetts Annual Conference
Academy Alumni Network
Mentor Program for Academy
"My experience at the Academy could not have been more rewarding. I learned a lot about myself and the type of leader I want to be. Each class I attended provided me the tools in my everyday life. The program is wonderful!”
~ Ilene Mirabile, North Hill, Class of 2017
“Beyond the practical tools to help me run my department, the program allowed me to meet other professionals with similar challenges. I found that by helping others it made me a better leader. I think the program is an effective guide for any manager who may be stuck in neutral and looking for concrete ways to improve.”
~ David Raider, NewBridge on the Charles, Class of 2017
~ 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:
Lynn Monaghan, Education and Events Manager, LeadingAge Massachusetts
617-244-2999 | fax: 617-244-2995