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Leadership Academy

LeadingAge Florida’s Leadership Academy is a unique leadership development program designed specifically to cultivate high potential, transformational leaders in the field of aging services.

This year-long leadership program is designed to provide a rich and collaborative learning experience, engaging participants in a rigorous journey of self reflection, development of leadership competencies and four face-to-face learning experiences.

Applications for the 2020-2021 class are now being accepted. The first meeting of the class will be in September 2020. The deadline to apply has been extended to July 24, 2020 . Click here to view the details and more information. Click here for the application. 

Program Curriculum
The Leadership Academy is created around five core ideas:

Leadership and Self Reflection – to explore personal values and self-reflective leadership;
Advocacy to understand the importance of relationships and trust in advocacy and community building;
Partnerships and Collaborations – to appreciate the power of partnerships and learn best practices from other organizations;
Innovation and Change – to explore our potential as change agents and understand how innovation works;
Work Life Balance – to reflect on our values, beliefs and philosophy and to appreciate the value of presence and being in the moment.

Collaborative In-Person Learning Experiences
During each face-to-face meeting, Fellows engage in group exercise and discussions of ways in which leadership theories can be applied to real- world settings in and outside the aging services field. 

Meeting Schedule

October 14-15, 2020 (virtual)
December 8-9, 2020 - Jacksonville
March 23-24, 2021 - Tallahassee
July 12-13, 2021 - Orlando
*Subject to change.

Member Site Visits
Selected site visits are designed to expose Fellows to innovative organizations across the aging services continuum and the visionary leaders who enable transformation. Hearing about these organizations and the contributions of staff (at all levels) responsible for creating unique care environments and programs allows Fellows to gain a deeper understanding about the aging services field while witnessing the traits of impactful leaders.

Leaders in Residence
Fellows interact with not-for-profit aging services leaders and other field experts, engaging in intimate dialogue about influencing change and promoting innovation in their organizations and communities.

Program Requirements
The program’s interactive nature demands a high level of participation and requires that Fellows complete all projects, assignments and readings as well as attend all program-related meetings, site visits, sessions and conference calls. Participants should plan on spending 10-15 hours a month engaged in Leadership Academy activities. 

The program is available to anyone who works for a LeadingAge Florida community member (care center, housing, home care, adult day services, home and community-based services), regardless of clinical or managerial experience. It is more important for potential Fellows to demonstrate deep leadership potential within their organizations than it is for them to carry specific job titles. Focus will be placed on developing aging services leaders.

A $1,750 tuition payment (non-refundable and non-transferable) is required from each Fellow’s organization upon acceptance.

The tuition fee includes meeting materials, continuing education units (CEUs) and meals during Leadership Academy sessions. Travel expenses and some meals will be incurred by the Fellow or the Fellow’s organization. Fellows are required to attend all face-to-face sessions and complete all required projects, assignments and readings. 

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available through the LeadingAge Florida Scott Boord Career Development Scholarship Program. Click here for the online scholarship application.

Submission Deadline
Application must completed July 24, 2020. Click here for the application. 
Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance status by early August.

About the Facilitator - DeAnn Akins

DeAnn Akins is founder and CEO of OctoFly Dreams, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Classically trained at the Kansas Leadership Center, she has honed her craft as a Fellow with the 2010 LeadingAge National Leadership Academy and as a creator and facilitator of leadership programs across the nation including LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy, LeadingAge Michigan Leadership Academy and the LeadingAge DC, LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge Virginia Leadership Academy. DeAnn has also facilitated leadership development work with organizations in Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

DeAnn has more than 19 years of experience in the field of aging and brings a rich leadership background with a passion for personal development and innovation. A Kansas native, DeAnn holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas and has served as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

DeAnn is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina and served as Administrator in skilled nursing, assisted living and home care agency settings.


Leadership Academy Fellow Testimonial:

"When my community nominated me to apply to the Leadership Academy, I felt honored, but had no idea what to expect. I was excited when I found out they had chosen me as one of the “fellows”. Being a part of the Leadership Academy has inspired me and helped me to step out of my comfort zone. I have met wonderful people during this experience and the other fellows have become my friends and confidants. We all come from different backgrounds in healthcare which allows us to see things from different perspectives. This experience has reinvigorated me and has pushed me to set and achieve goals both professionally and personally. DeAnn and the coaches were great mentors that offered support and guidance. I am forever grateful for the experience and am proud to call myself a graduate of the LeadingAge Florida Leadership Academy!"

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