Applications for the 2022-23 class of Leadership Academy are now being accepted.


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 $2,750 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 2022-23 program also provides fellows with a complimentary registration to the 2023 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo on March 6-7, 2023, in Schaumburg, IL.

  • Leadership Academy applications are due May 25, 2022.
  • Session 1 will be held in Central Illinois. July 18-19, 2022.
  • Session 2 will be held in Chicago. Sept 19-20, 2022.
  • Session 3 will be held in Chicago Suburbs. Jan 9-10, 2023.
  • Session 4 location TBD. April 17-18, 2023.

Registration Process:


Complete your registration Form

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Upload your documents to support your application.

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Commitment Signature Form signed by your organization CEO/Executive/Admin.

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