ASHA’s Leadership Development Program Announces 2013 Cohorts

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Do you aspire to expand and refine your leadership skills to drive change in your current work setting or even to become a leader within your state association or with ASHA? ASHA will once again offer its year-long Leadership Development Program (LDP) in 2013. The 2013 LDP will be focused on two different cohorts: Early Career Professionals and Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists in a School Setting.

Each program is limited to 30 participants selected through a competitive application process which requires applicants to submit a leadership statement as well as a description of a leadership project they’d like to pursue during the LDP.

The LDP program for Early Career Professionals will begin Saturday, May 4, with a kick-off workshop at the National Office in Rockville, Maryland. Applications for this cohort open October 9, 2012 and will close on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 3pm Eastern time. More information is available by visiting the ASHA website.

Speech-language pathologists or audiologists with 10 or fewer years of professional experience may apply to this year-long program that will develop their leadership skills. Preference will be given to members who belong to a Special Interest Group (SIG). Preference will also be given to past leaders of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) who have no prior service on an ASHA or SIG committee, board, council, working group or task force.

Individual learning projects for the LDP for Early Career Professionals should be focused on showcasing leadership in one of the following areas:

  • Work setting
  • A related professional organization (college, university, association)

The LDP for School-Based Professionals will begin one day prior to the ASHA Schools Conference in Long Beach, California, on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Applications for this cohort will open January 24, 2013, and must be submitted by April 4, 2013 at 3pm Eastern time. This year-long program will develop essential leadership skills and help participants acquire knowledge and skills for future professional and volunteer growth. Preference will be given to members who are school based and belong to a SIG.

The LDP in Schools is open to any member who is school-based, including both speech-language pathologists and educational audiologists

Individual learning projects for LDP in Schools should be focused in one of the following key areas:

For more information on the Leadership Development Program, contact Haley Jones, volunteer operations manager, at


Andrea Falzarano is Director, Association Governance Operations at ASHA.