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“The first action of the leader is to KNOW this person who is leading. Who am I now? What do I care about? How is that evident? How is it expressed in my work and my life? And that means our reflective exploration of our inner terrain, our narrative identity, is essential and is at the heart of our work in the world.”
– Judy Brown


Leadership development is a journey of continually developing and strengthening our own leadership capacity in our practice as leaders—it is a lifelong approach that requires ongoing intention and attention to self-discovery, reflection, and nurturing a community of peer support.

The Fellowship Program is a virtual program that offers a meaningful way to take stock of your individual leadership journey and desired future impact. It offers opportunities to enhance your leadership confidence and effectiveness through deep thinking, introspection, and the collective power of a peer network.

In addition, the program provides a confidential environment with consultative partners where you can share ideas, challenges, and advice. Being part of a peer group helps you gain new perspectives from the hard-won lessons and wisdom that come from the experiences of others in similar circumstances.

Leadership Theory

Based on the notions of narrative identity, the program curriculum delves into a different way of approaching authenticity and presence in leadership and provides a framework for tapping into self-awareness of one’s inner values or purpose to discover and shape new possibilities.

  • Reflect on the life experiences and evolving self-identity that have shaped your unique leadership journey.
  • Understand how aspects of your internalized, evolving story helps and hinders your desired impact as a leader.
  • Break through the limitations of your current narrative self and step into a more encompassing story of the leader you will naturally grow into.
  • Explore, with a small group of peers, the reflective skills and tools that you can use to lead in times of rapid change and innovation.

Participants should be prepared for a high level of engagement and self-reflection.

  • The program will be held virtually and will include open dialogue and small group discussions.
  • Given the interactive and participatory nature of the program, all participants are encouraged to be on camera.
  • Being present for the full duration of each gathering will maximize the collective learning experience for all participants.
  • Your experience will be enriched by the meaningful time spent with a small group of peers eager to share and learn from each other’s experiences. Our vision is that this peer community will offer opportunities for ongoing conversations, support, and fellowship.

The program will take place virtually and include an optional in-person networking opportunity.

Program Orientation

July 7, 2022

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Leadership Journey

July 27 and 28, 2022

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Perceived Present Self

August 24 and 25, 2022

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Imagined Future

September 28 and 29, 2022

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Peer Group Networking Dinner (optional, in person)

October (TBD)

(in conjunction with the 2022 LeadingAge Annual Meeting)

Please Note: This program has not been approved for continuing education (CE) credits.

The program is open to all LeadingAge members who are relatively new to their leadership role, including:

  • Individuals holding the highest-ranking leadership position in a single site community or multi-site organization (provider members who operate more than one campus). 
  • Within multi-site organizations, individuals with oversight responsibility of a community/campus operated by a corporate office.
  • Individuals currently transitioning into the highest-ranking leadership role in a single site community or multi-site organization, including those with prior CEO experience.

We encourage participants from across the continuum of housing and aging services, including at-home and community-based organizations.

Program Fee

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to the first 20 participants. A non-refundable fee of $1,900 is required to participate in the program.

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2022

The team responsible for the programmatic design and implementation of the Leadership Academy brings together a unique set of complimentary talents to the program’s ongoing curriculum development.

Judy Brown, Ph.D.

Educator in Private Practice, West River, MD

Judy Brown is a leadership educator, author, poet, speaker and coach. She has developed and facilitated countless leadership initiatives for organizations ranging from the federal government and Ford to the Urban Library Council. Her work in organizations revolves around themes of leadership, change, learning, dialogue and creativity. She has served as the lead facilitator for the LeadingAge Leadership  Academy since its inception.


Wendy Green, M.A.

Vice President, Leadership Engagement and Development,  LeadingAge, Washington, DC

As vice president of leadership engagement and development, Wendy leads a variety of leadership initiatives and learning opportunities for executive-level peer groups, including the design and implementation of the Leadership Academy. Before LeadingAge, Wendy worked in DC-based associations and think tanks to strengthen capacities of current and emerging leaders. She uses her expertise to create engaging education opportunities for leaders at every level.

BreAna Moss, M.A.

Leadership Program Specialist, LeadingAge, Washington, DC

BreAna draws on her Master’s in Management of Aging Services to contribute to all aspects of the content development of conference-based programming and online learning opportunities. In her role, she is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization’s leadership programs and related initiatives, including the coordination of all programmatic aspects of LeadingAge’s flagship leadership program, the Leadership Academy.

Cancellations must be received at least fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the program for a full refund (minus a $150 administrative fee). Cancellations made after this time will be considered a no-show and are non-refundable. For cancellations, please contact

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