Generously sponsored by LeadingAge MA Platinum Partner

Program Overview

Now in its ninth year, the Academy is designed to help develop leadership skills of managers in the aging-services field. Participants actively explore best practices of leaders, analyze their own leadership, learning and problem solving styles and experience the synergies that result from high performing teams. In order to maximize learning opportunities, space is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.

Overall Program Goals

  • Understand personal leadership effectiveness
  • Build competency in leadership skills
  • Add value to the sponsoring organization

Who Should Attend
Those sponsored for the program must be mid-level managers and above at a LeadingAge Massachusetts provider member organization with the potential and desire to make an impact on their organization. At least three years experience managing teams and/or projects is required.

Program Structure
This eight month program requires your commitment as an interactive participant in all sessions, plus preparation required for each session. Meetings are approximately every four weeks from October to May.

Work required in-between sessions is estimated to be 4-6 hours per month. As these programs build on one another, missing a session can impact your learning. Please prioritize your attendance to get the most value.

The application process typically opens in early summer, with applications due in August.

Dean of the Academy
Jodi Ecker Detjen
Serving as our Dean of the Academy for the ninth year, Jodi has been a professor of management at Suffolk University since 1999. Jodi teaches management at the MBA, Undergraduate and Corporate Education levels both online, in the classroom and internationally. Jodi writes about the skills required and organizational aspects related to living an integrated life. Jodi is the Co-Author of The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life. She is co-founder of a boutique consulting firm, Orange Grove Consulting, focused on developing leaders, building the skills of women to become leaders, and helping organizations to transform their approach to work and talent to foster standout performance. Prior to teaching and independent consulting, Jodi was as an international management consultant based in London, England. Jodi received her MA in International Development Policy focusing on organizational development from Duke University and her BSc from Virginia Tech in Management Science.

Program Schedule

Opening Session
This opening session will be an opportunity to meet the cohort and mentors and learn more about the journey ahead. This day also includes two important LeadingAge MA events:

LeadingAge MA Town Hall Forum and Annual Meeting

The LeadingAge Massachusetts Town Hall Conversation is your opportunity to provide input to LeadingAge about ways national public policy is affecting you, the older adults you serve, and how policy could be changed for the better. Then join LeadingAge Massachusetts members to help celebrate the successes of the members during the past year, to acknowledge LeadingAge Massachusetts’ achievements, and to prepare for the year ahead.

Goal Setting and Strength Finders
Develop your career vision and goals for the program. Learn how to align your goals with your organization. Examine how input from others and a 360 degree evaluation can help you achieve your goals.

Navigating Conflict
In this highly interactive workshop, participants will identify regular systems for communication that facilitate difficult conversations happening early as emergent issues and are more easily and mutually completed. Participants will explore barriers to open exchange and ways to mitigate them.

Mid-Program Check-In
Scheduled 60 Minute Phone Meeting
Cohorts will check on their progress and receive coaching on current issues. Format for this session will be a conference call.

Team Essentials
Utilize the dynamic Team Ready Model for an accessible and applicable framework to understand team roles and performance. Learn how to lead a positive and productive team process and help the team to communicate and solve problems.

Strategic Thinking
This session will help participants shift from a focus on operational details to making a connection with the big picture. Cohort members will learn specific techniques that managers can employ to shift their perspectives and build their personal strategic network.

Live Case Study and Debrief
Use the skills and tools learned in The Academy to work on a live case study. Cohort will be split in teams, analyze the problem, develop a solution and present results to senior leadership of the organization.

Moving Forward
Reflect on what you learned across the year. Refine your goals and plans to further integrate your skills and increase your impact. Work with cohort and the Dean to identify potential challenges and opportunities moving forward. Celebrate!

LeadingAge Massachusetts Annual Conference
Expand your thinking and your network at the LeadingAge Massachusetts Annual Conference attended by top leaders in the aging services field. Meet up with fellow Leadership Academy Alumni!