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2019 Leadership Academy

Application Deadline Extended to April 1, 2019!

Announcing New Lead Facilitator!


DeAnn Atkins
Founder & CEO, OctoFly Dreams


We are excited to announce the addition of DeAnn to our Academy faculty. She has more than 19 years of experience in the field of aging and brings a rich leadership background with a passion for personal development and innovation. A Kansas native, DeAnn holds a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, and has served as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Classically trained at the Kansas Leadership Center, this LTCSS expert has honed her craft as a Fellow with the 2010 LeadingAge National Leadership Academy and as a creator and facilitator of leadership programs across the nation.

DeAnn is a licensed nursing home administrator and has served as Administrator in skilled nursing, assisted living and home care agency settings.


2019 - 2020 Learning Schedule

Participants will engage in four face-to-face learning experiences that include visits to member
communities, intimate conversations with aging services leaders and self-exploration of
leadership styles through exercises and readings.

The selected dates for the 2019-2020 LeadingAge Michigan Leadership Academy are as followed:

  • May 19 - 22: Annual Conference, Kalamazoo
  • August 21 - 23: Leadership Institute, Mackinac Island
  • December 10 - 11:2-Day Experience, Location TBD
  • March 31 - April 1: 2-Day Experience, Location TBD

*Fellows will also participate on coaching calls in June, July, September, October, November,
January and February.

Why Should I Apply?

The Michigan Leadership Academy is designed to:

  • Equip new and emerging leaders with the essential insights, knowledge, and skills to directly improve leadership effectiveness.
  • Integrate adaptive and technical learning for a comprehensive training experience.
  • Focus on what it takes to be a successful and effective leader in today’s workplace; specifically within the aging services industry.
  • Provide unique, thought-provoking opportunities for dialogue with aging services coaches, mentors, and executives.
  • Broaden an understanding of the aging services industry and the role of leaders within their organizations.
  • Assist individuals in honing their leadership skills and to be better prepared for advancement.

Who Should Apply?

We encourage applicants from various positions, disciplines, experience, industry knowledge, and companies of different sizes to ensure a vibrant exchange of ideas and discussion. The academy experience is for high-potential professionals who want to learn to become better leaders and managers. A strong leader has the potential and ability to contribute significantly to an organization. No matter what position you hold within your company, it is important to understand how to be an effective manager and how others perceive your skills as a leader.

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Please contact Laura Fuller via email or by phone at (517) 323-3687.

201 N Washington Square, Suite 920
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-323-3687
Fax: 517-323-4569

Our Mission: To advance the mission of our members to enhance the lives of seniors.
Our Vision: To be the voice of aging services in Michigan.

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