LeadingAge seeks inclusive participation within the field of aging services, representative of its diverse workforce. Any individual who works for a LeadingAge provider member organization is eligible to apply, irrespective of professional experience, type or level of position. It is far more important for an applicant to demonstrate deep leadership potential within their organization than it is for them to have a specific job title or tenure in the field. In addition, we strive for an exceptionally diverse cohort of fellows with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including but not limited to age, gender, race, ethnic, religious and geographic diversity.
Participation in the program is contingent upon employment by a LeadingAge provider member. In addition, if at any point a Fellow is unemployed or fails to meet any of the program's eligibility criteria, continued participation in the program is subject to review by LeadingAge.
Fees and Expenses
A non-refundable fee of $5,800 is required upon selection. Participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel costs/arrangements. LeadingAge provides reading materials as well as complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit that takes place during their Academy year. In addition, some meals are provided onsite.
LeadingAge offers financial support (up to $5,800 to cover program fee) to organizations with limited financial resources. Interested individuals will be asked to provide a statement of need as part of their application.
A committee of LeadingAge members and association staff will evaluate applications using the following criteria:
- How well does the applicant demonstrate a personal commitment to the field of aging services?
- How well does the applicant demonstrate a dedication to lifelong learning?
- To what extent does the applicant possess the leadership capacity needed to be a transformational leader?
- How well defined, insightful and introspective are the leadership essays?
In cases where there is more than one application from a single-site organization, only one applicant from that organization can be selected for the program year. In the case of multisite organizations, up to two applicants (from geographically different sites) can be selected for the program year.