Applications for the 2024 program are now closed.
The Leadership Academy is designed to develop the leadership capacities and core competencies of aging services professionals by tapping into their natural talents and authentic leadership styles, irrespective of their professional experience, job title or type of position within an organization.
Applications for the 2024 Larry Minnix Leadership Academy are closed. Applications for the 2025 program will open in Summer 2024.
Unlike many leadership programs that focus on building a core skillset for new leaders or are geared toward nurturing a specific career path for “emerging” leaders, the Leadership Academy provides a leadership foundation rooted in reflective practice—developing a deep understanding of one’s self, uncovering one’s unique leadership attributes, and learning how to stretch and leverage those capacities to have the most impact as leaders.
About the Academy
The curriculum draws on adult learning theory to delve into the core principles of reflective leadership through a variety of components. The program emphasizes self-exploration and relationship-building to enable participants to embrace diversity of thought, move beyond pre-conceived assumptions and view their own experiences and those of others as learning opportunities.
Readings, group discussions and exercises throughout the year delve into the various ways (and contexts) in which the leadership theories are and can be applied to real-world settings within and outside of the aging services field.
Member Site Visits
Site visits expose Fellows to a variety of housing and service settings and the people (at all levels) responsible for creating unique environments and programming across the full range older adult services.
Leaders in Residence
Intimate conversations with a wide range of leaders in our field give Fellows insight into the different actions, personal beliefs, values and goals that shape individual leadership styles and approaches.
Through a variety of discussions and exercises, Fellows explore gaps in our field from many points of view, identify areas of common interest and generate ideas for action or areas for further exploration.
The action learning process encourages Fellows to move a project forward while at the same time reflecting on their Academy learnings, actions and the hands-on, practical experiences that enable leaders to more effectively navigate change.
Leadership Academy Information
The 2024 Academy year begins with virtual orientations and unfolds over in-person and virtual gatherings and site visits to LeadingAge member organizations.
Site visit locations vary each year and are designed to give Fellows a deeper understanding of the full continuum of older adult services that LeadingAge members offer throughout the country.
Please Note: dates and locations are subject to change.
Winter Virtual Experience
February 13 – 15, 2024
Leadership Summit Experience
Held in conjunction with the LeadingAge Leadership Summit.
April 14 – 17, 2024
Summer Experience and Member Site Visits
June 18 – 20, 2024
Fall Experience and Member Site Visits
August 27 – 29, 2024
Annual Meeting Experience/Final Gathering
Held in conjunction with the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO.
October 25 – 30, 2024
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 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, implementation, and facilitation 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.
Manager, Education & Leadership Programs, 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.
Education Programs and Services Coordinator, LeadingAge, Washington, DC
As the Education Programs and Services Coordinator, Jaia assists with the logistical and operational aspects of LeadingAge’s Leadership Academy program, as well as other leadership programming and engagement opportunities for c-suite/executive-level peer groups; including the day-to-day coordination of program data and related support systems/infrastructure. Jaia also supports various educational offerings including conference education, online learning, and shared learning events.
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, attendance at all in-person and virtual program gatherings is required as is the completion of all projects, assignments, and readings.
If at any point a Fellow is unemployed or unable to meet any of the eligibility requirements, continued participation in the program is subject to review by LeadingAge.
Fees and Expenses
The sponsoring organization/employer is responsible for covering the $6,000 non-refundable participant fee as well as all hotel and travel expenses (including meals) associated with each of the four in-person program gatherings.
LeadingAge provides reading materials as well as complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit that take place during the Academy year. In addition, some meals are provided onsite.
Guided by our DEI Commitment, LeadingAge seeks to eliminate barriers to participation by making financial support available to sponsoring organizations that are unable to cover the full participant fee. Interested individuals should complete the financial hardship statement in their application.
Applications are evaluated 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?
The application for the 2024 Larry Minnix Leadership Academy has closed. The application for the 2025 program will open in Summer 2024.
Please Note: In cases where there is more than one application from a single-site or multisite organization, participation in the program may be limited to only one individual from the organization.
For an applicant to be considered for review, the following application components must be completed by the application deadline.
Applicants will be asked to provide general information about themselves and their sponsoring organizations.
This program is only eligible to employees of aging services provider organizations who provide direct care/services to older adults (not those associated with a business firm).
Professional and Learning Experience
Applicants will be asked to describe their professional background, including learning and/or educational experiences that have contributed to their leadership development.
Applicants are required to obtain a letter of reference from their direct supervisor or the CEO of their organization (CEO applicants should ask a board member to provide a reference letter). The references are submitted through an electronic form within the application site. We strongly suggest approaching this individual early in the process to ensure the reference is submitted prior to the application deadline.
We recommend applicants draft each of the following three essays in advance and then copy and paste the text directly into the application.
- Leadership Capacity Describe the capacities that you possess that make you an effective leader and the specific ways you have utilized these attributes, professionally and personally. Please refer to a significant professional achievement, your role in attaining that achievement and the impact it had on your organization.
- Transformational Leadership Describe the perspective and knowledge you hope to acquire because of your participation in the Leadership Academy and how these insights will enable you to become a transformational leader.
- Aging Services Describe your personal commitment to aging services, share your journey into the field and illustrate your vision for the future of aging services.
LeadingAge is pleased to announce the 2024 Leadership Academy Fellows.
This group of Fellows will meet throughout the program year to explore diverse perspectives from aging services leaders, learn from innovative care and service models, enhance their leadership skills and core competencies and advance person-centered programming in aging services.
Congratulations to all the individuals selected and their organizations for supporting their journey!
The 2024 Fellows:
- Anita Adkins, Westminster Canterbury Richmond, VA
- Lee Ann Bailey-Clayton, The Forest at Duke, NC
- Christa Baumes, Nascentia Health, NY
- Tristin Benjamin, Eskaton, CA
- Tracy Blaubach, Cedar Community, WI
- Jonathan Boyar, Judson Park, a Human Good Community, WA
- Yuvette Bozman-Wright, McGregor, OH
- Meg Clouser, Foxdale Village, PA
- Monique Cole, Living Branches, PA
- Kendra Couch, Otterbein SeniorLife Lebanon, OH
- Ashley Cummings, Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, FL
- Linda Dailey, United Church Homes, OH
- Felicia Gennetti, RiverWoods Manchester, NH
- Dennis Graham, Trinity Woods, OK
- Ezra HaLevi, Jewish Home Family, NJ
- Joshua Hillegass, Whitestone: Masonic and Eastern Star Home of North Carolina Inc., NC
- Tanya Isaacs, The New Jewish Home, NY
- Amber Jedlicka, The Meth-Wick Community, IA
- Brianna Jones, Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home, DC
- Michael Jones, Well-Spring Group, NC
- Kim Kling, Covenant Village, Inc., NC
- Stephanie Kramer, Covenant Living Communities and Services, IL
- Kari Kuhn, St. Ann’s Community, NY
- Izveth Leon, Channing House, CA
- Donald Lilly, The Woodlands at Furman, SC
- Heather March, Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, NC
- Jeanette Martinez, Merrivista, MA
- Zenae Merchant, The Osborn, NY
- Kristin Morris, Hebrew Home at Riverdale-RiverSpring Living, NY
- Laurie Moyer, Acts Retirement-Life Communities, Inc., PA
- Nikki Nelson, Sharon Towers, NC
- Candice Pietrzak, Parker Health Group, Inc., NJ
- Jennifer Popp, Bethesda Southgate, MO
- Kim Pratt, Brookhaven at Lexington, MA
- Nikki Robertson, Still Hopes, SC
- Meghan Rose, LeadingAge California, CA
- Kathy Russell, Chelsea Retirement Community, MI
- Kelly Schallenberger, St. John’s United, MT
- Cara Schuster, The Ohio Masonic Home, OH
- Shannon Sears, ThriveMore, NC
- Marah Shiels, Springpoint Senior Living, NJ
- Kathleen Sousa, North Hill, MA
- Erin Strain, Givens Estates, NC
- Meghan Vu, Panorama, WA
- Robert Ware Jr., Galloway Ridge, Inc., NC
- Yelena Yadgarova, Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center, NY
- Alexandra Yale, Westminster Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, VA
- Donna Yatsko, LifeSpire of Virginia, VA
- Michael Youmans, Kendal at Ithaca, NY
Action learning is a foundational component of the Leadership Academy program curriculum. It provides a structured method for Fellows to apply new ideas, approaches and strategic thinking that enable them to navigate and advance change more effectively and with greater impact.
Working toward an Action Learning Project throughout the program year enables Fellows to begin working on long-term projects that will advance person-directed practices and approaches in their organizations and the field of aging.
Since 2006, Fellows have embarked on a variety of projects to advance person-directed practices and approaches in their organizations—tapping into their passion for aging services and highlighting the many ways they are helping to advance innovations in our field.
View the Action Learning Project Presentations from over the years!
Additional Leadership Resources
Larry Minnix Leadership Development Fund
Academy Fellows Advance the Field with Action Leadership Projects
2023 Leadership Academy Action Learning Projects
10 Surprises About the Leadership Academy Experience
Celebrating the 2022 Academy Fellows’ Action Learning Projects
Reflections from Leadership Academy Alumni: Leading Through the Pandemic
Reflections from a Leadership Academy Alumni: One Decision May Change Your Life
Foundations of Reflective Leadership
The Reflective Leader’s Toolbox
Honing Your Authentic Leadership
Purposeful Reflection: Leading through Uncertainty
Leading Through a Crisis: Insights from the Field