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Cultivate your leadership skills and expand your networks at ASA's 2018 Leadership Institute

Immersing myself in this training helped me to be able to focus and reflect on how I can translate the information to my work. It also helped me to envision possible opportunities in the field of aging.

Jessica Westropp, MA, Workforce Development Manager

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. 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 the Leadership Institute 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 25-29, 2018.


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 based on the Everything DiSC Management®, pre-reading assignments and participate in an online web seminar.

Participants also learn about ASA member educational and networking opportunities across various platforms (website, web seminar, podcast, online courses, and social media). 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 and available CEUs

I have developed what I anticipate to be lasting professional relationships with other leaders in the field of aging. In addition learning skills that can positively impact my ability to clearly recognize and therefore communicate with others of different communication styles.

Sheila M Dessau MSSA, LISW-S, Director
Community Services, Supports & MCO Programs,
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging


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.  
  • Earn up to 5.5 CEUs from participation in Aging in America Conference programs.
  • Read more about the benefits of the ASA Leadership Institute, including testimonials from recent graduates, here.

ASA Leadership Institute has encouraged me to continue to reach out to non-traditional partners to provide eldercare education in the community. It is MY job to shift their mindset, so they can see the relevance.

Rev. Terri White, Elder Care Educator
A Labor of Love ElderCare

Program Objectives

  • Identify major shifts in the field of aging, including the impact of changing demographics, culture, policy, technological and other factors on leaders and diverse communities;
  • Describe 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;
  • Identify resources to serve the growing cohort of diverse elders facing a spectrum of health, racial, economic and other disparities;
  • Build 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 closes February 20, 2018. 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 5.5 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.


Thank you to the Metta Fund for partial support of the 2018 Leadership Institute. This program relies on the support of foundations and corporations to help cultivate the next generation of leaders in aging.

If your organization would like information on supporting the Leadership Institute, contact Carole Anderson, ASA Vice President of Education, 415-974-9632.

Previous foundation support has been provided by the Weinberg Foundation, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Cleveland Foundation, among others.




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