Three Additional Spots have opened for the 2024-25 class of Leadership Academy APPLY NOW!

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

Click here to view the brochure, which contains more information about Leadership Academy and the application process.

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 $2,950 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 2024-25 program also provides fellows with a complimentary registration to the 2025 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo in Schaumburg, IL.
   Leadership Academy applications are due JUNE 24, 2024

  • Session 1       August 5 – 6, 2024 (Westminster Place, Evanston )
  • Session 2       October 7 – 8, 2024 (The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago)
  • Session 3       January 13 – 14, 2025 (ClarkLindsey, Urbana) 
  • Session 4       May 5 – 6, 2025 (Oak Trace, Downers Grove) 


This has taught me new things to not only cope with things at work but at home as well. It is an experience I will never be able to forget. The laughs, cries, cheers are unforgettable. Because of this program, I am a new person professionally and personally.
Jessica Wilson
Class of 2023-2024

Registration Process:

Step 1: Submit an application

Step 2: Upload supporting documents

Step 3: Get CEO commitment form signed