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The application deadline for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy has passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. Feel free to browse this page for general information.

The LeadingAge NC Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to develop statewide aging services leaders. The program provides a challenging and engaging learning environment that enhances the leadership capacity of aging services professionals so they are better equipped to serve our field.

Print or download a pdf version of the Leadership Academy brochure here.

Eligibility and Application

The program is available to anyone who works for a LeadingAge North Carolina member community irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Leadership potential within one’s organization is far more important than specific job title. We encourage the identification and application of staff that are emerging leaders within member communities. Each member community is limited to one nominee.

This program is only available to individuals employed with a LeadingAge North Carolina member community. Reminder, only one applicant per community will be considered. If a Fellow’s employment status changes or if he or she fails to meet any of the program's eligibility criteria, continued participation in the Leadership Academy is subject to review by LeadingAge North Carolina. Please submit your completed application and Letter of Commitment online by January 31, 2020.

Application Checklist

  • Personal data form
  • Leadership Essay
  • Current photo
  • Letter of Commitment - must be signed by the President, CEO, Executive Director, or Administrator (where appropriate) of the applicant’s organization. If the applicant is the highest ranking executive officer, the organization’s Board Chair should sign the Letter of Commitment.

Upon acceptance, a $2,000 tuition payment (non-refundable and non-transferable) is required from each LeadingAge North Carolina Fellow organization. Tuition includes meeting materials and meals provided during sessions. Lodging and travel expenses will be incurred by the member community. LeadingAge North Carolina provides complimentary registrations for each LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Fellow to attend the 2020 Spring Conference and Trade Show May 18-21, 2020 at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville and the 2021 Spring Conference and Trade Show May 11-14, 2021 at the Wilmington Convention Center.


The vision of the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy is to cultivate a generation of authentic, servant leaders who are prepared to serve their own organizations and the field of aging services in an innovative and collaborative fashion.

The Leadership Academy curriculum draws on adult learning theory to delve into the core principles of transformational leadership, person-centered care and innovation. The program emphasizes self-awareness and relationship building through a variety of education methodologies. Traditional and experiential learning methods are used to create an environment in which Fellows learn from their own experiences, from one another, from the coaches and design team, and from leaders and experts in the field. Fellows participate in group discussions and exercises, site visits, meet with leaders in the field, complete reading and other assignments, including an action learning project, and conference calls outside of Academy gatherings.

Core Themes

The Leadership Academy is created around five core ideas:

  • Leadership and Self Reflection – to explore personal values and self-reflective leadership;
  • Advocacy - to understand the importance of relationships and trust in advocacy and community building;
  • Partnerships and Collaborations – to appreciate the power of partnerships and learn best practices from other organizations;
  • Innovation and Change – to explore our potential as change agents and understand how innovation works;
  • Work Life Integration – to reflect on our values, beliefs and philosophy and to appreciate the value of presence and being in the moment.

Schedule & Locations

May 21-22, 2020 in Asheville
September 16-17, 2020 in Raleigh
January 14-15, 2021 in Winston-Salem
May 11-12, 2021 in Wilmington

Application | Curriculum | Core Themes | Schedule | Meet the Faculty | Testimonials | Past Projects | Alumni | Fellows | Download Brochure

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