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Leadership Development for Emerging Leaders & Mid-Level Professionals

As aging services providers look to grow and enhance their organization’s bench strength, establishing a pipeline of future-ready leaders is one of the most valuable workforce investments LeadingAge members can make. It helps reduce turnover and hiring costs, while also impacting how individuals and teams adapt to shifting realities—with a deeper sense of purpose.

Registration is Closed

Registration for this program is now closed. Please contact BreAna Moss to be added to the waitlist.

About Next Level Leadership

This virtual series guides rising stars and high potential professionals through the core practices of leading from within—a deep dive into learning more about who they are as leaders, how to leverage their strengths, and ways to fine-tune their leadership skills.

As part of a small and highly engaged cohort, participants will hear from experienced leadership subject-matter experts and engage in peer-to-peer learning to:

  • Gain an Understanding

    of the key leadership principles and practices of effective leaders.

  • Build the Leadership Muscles

    needed to step into future leadership roles.

  • Develop a More Complete Understanding

    of self and one’s unique leadership style and approach.

  • Incorporate Prepared-to-Lead Competencies

    into their leadership toolbox, including curiosity, resilience, confidence, and reflection.

The series will be held virtually over two-months (April– May 2024) via Zoom and consist of six 3 hour sessions, plus an orientation.

  • To enable participants to share and learn from each other’s experiences, sessions will be highly interactive and include opportunities for open dialogue and small group discussions.
  • To encourage personal exploration and continued learning, suggested readings and other resources will be shared between sessions.
  • To foster engagement and community-building, participants will be expected to be on camera and be present for the full duration of all sessions.

The program is open to aspiring and emerging leaders and mid-level professionals affiliated with LeadingAge provider members—irrespective of their professional experience or job title. We encourage participants from across the aging services continuum, including at-home and community-based organizations.

  • Space is limited to a small cohort of 35 participants.
  • A non-refundable fee of $1,350 per person is required to participate.
  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis; registration closes on April 5, 2024.

LeadingAge seeks to eliminate barriers to participation in leadership programs by providing need-based discounts/scholarships to provider members with a demonstrated financial need or hardship situation and a commitment to ongoing professional (and personal) development. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance for this program, please submit your request using our online form by March 11, 2024. LeadingAge will review requests and notify recipients ahead of the start of the series.

Orientation | April 23 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET)

Understanding the Intersection of Leadership, Management, and Coaching | April 25 (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Kevin Davis guides us through the transition from “super-doing” to navigating a balanced and empowered leadership role.

Shedding Self-Doubt and Building Confidence May 2 (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Marsha Wesley Coleman shares insights to overcome the limiting beliefs that hold us back to enable us to harness our unique power.

Incorporating a Strengths-Based Approach Into Your Leadership Style | May 9 (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Francis Battisti explores how to focus on strengths and possibilities (rather than deficits or obstacles) to transform our practice as engaged leaders.

Practicing Mindfulness and Empathy | May 16 (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Joanne Smikle examines how we can turn inward to elevate our personal power in the workplace, life, and the world.

Embracing a Growth Mindset | May 23 (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Rev. Zina Jacque reflects on ways to use setbacks and failures as a springboard for ongoing learning, growth, and development.

Sustaining Your Leadership Journey through Reflective Practice | May 30 (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Judy Brown uncovers the unique and powerful leadership wisdom that come from personal exploration, self-awareness, and continuous reflection.

Guest Speakers


Francis Battisti
Dr. Battisti is a noted educator, speaker, psychotherapist, consultant, and author who offers individuals and organizations pathways to explore their potential and move toward desired transformation.

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Judy Brown
Dr. Brown is a leadership educator, author, poet, speaker and coach. She has developed countless leadership initiatives for organizations and serves as facilitator for the LeadingAge Leadership Academy.

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Marsha Wesley Coleman
Ms. Coleman is an organizational development practitioner and executive coach. In her role with FSA, she designs educational programs for employees of aging services organizations and works with leadership teams to diagnose issues and develop strategies to improve organizational performance at individual, group, and system levels.

FrancisRev. Dr. Zina Jacque
Dr. Jacque is Board Chair of National Senior Campuses and Assistant to the Pastor for Small Groups at the Historic Alfred Street Baptist Church. Her work focuses on creating change while sustaining hope and faith.

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Joanne Smikle
Dr. Smikle is a consultant, author, speaker, and respected authority on leadership and organization development. She delivers substantive learning as well as virtual and on-site services to organizations across the country.

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Kevin Davis
Mr. Davis is a passionate and engaging facilitator with a diverse background in consulting, nonprofit leadership, and global training. He guides individuals and teams to rediscover their core values, navigate challenges, and unlock their full potential.


Hi, I’m Jaia!

Contact me with any questions you have about the Next Level Leadership Series.