Applications for the 2021-22 class of Leadership Academy are now being accepted.

Click here for more information, session dates, and an application.

The LeadingAge Illinois Leadership Academy was created to develop leaders who are passionate, empowered, visionary and committed to life-long learning so they are able to successfully advocate for older adults while evoking excellence within their organizations.  

The class of fellows meets four times throughout the course of 8-9 months, all within the state of Illinois.  It is an immersive experience in which fellows devote two days each session that help them:

  • Understand the difference between leadership and management
  • Find their authentic leadership voice
  • Learn how to be a coach and mentor
  • Discover the secret of building trust at multiple levels—with others, within organizations, and communities at large 
  • Build and lead teams
  • Determine how to create an empowered and engaged team based on the group’s strengths
  • Explore their potential as a change agent
  • Understand the five discovery skills which drive innovation and lead to creative new models of service
  • Become an innovative and visionary leader
  • Embrace a holistic approach to life and work for maximum effectiveness

Who should attend:

The program also includes planned tours of host communities so fellows may understand how each community puts into practice the learnings from the program.  From time to time, a fellow may also invite their leadership academy group to tour his/her community.  While this may be encouraged, these opportunities would be available and attended on a voluntary basis.

It is recommended that you send emerging or current leaders from your organization, including executives, directors, managers, and coordinators.  Only three people from one organization may participate at a time.


The registration fee is $2,750 for the full program (four sessions/eight days).  

Registration includes: 

  • all books, materials, and handouts
  • breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • community site tours
  • 3 group dinners
  • graduation ceremony

Acceptance into the 2021-22 program also provides fellows with a complimentary registration to the 2022 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, date TBA. 

  • Leadership Academy applications are due July 6, 2021.
  • Session 1 will be held virtually August 23-24.
  • Sessions 2-4 locations TBD, either virtually or in-person.


Click here for more information, session dates, and an application.