Leadership Academy

2021 Leadership Academy Applications Open

Since 2010, Leadership Academy has developed leadership capacity and core competencies of more than 300 aging services professionals by tapping their natural talents and authentic leadership style. It blends leadership theory, applied learning, and personalized coaching to mentor current and emerging leaders in our field. 

The 2021 program is June through December and is open for application now. 


Applications are open through April 26.


This year, the formal review and selection process has been waived and completed applications that include a signed statement of commitment from the applicant’s organizational leadership will be approved. Scholarship assistance is available from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation for organizations experiencing financialhardship.

2021 Schedule

Session #1 Authentic Leadership: June 2, 3, 23, 24
(Virtual Session in two parts, 4 hours each day)

Session #2 Rethinking Thinking: July 19, 20, 21
(in person, Detroit Lakes)

Optional Virtual Day: August 12 if July session cannot be in person

Session #3 Motivating and Leading Teams: September 8, 9
(in person, metro location)

Optional Virtual Day: October 6 if September session cannot be in person

Session #4 Transformational Leadership: December 1, 2
(in person, metro location)

The Leadership Academy Experience

Leadership Academy is not a class. It's an immersion experience that blends leadership theory, applied learning and personalized coaching. Fellows participate in a rigorous journey of interactive experience, self reflection, critical skill development and action learning.

Our accomplished alumni represent transformational leaders who are not just responding to the changing times but who are driving positive change for their organizations and the aging services community. 

Congratulations to the 2020 Leadership Academy Class - the COVID Cohort

The 2020 Leadership Academy cohort completed their program year in the most remarkable of circumstances in December. In a year like none other, this year’s class of 26 fellows gathered entirely in the virtual world for personal and professional leadership development. Read about their experience here. The graduates will be celebrated at the 2021 Institute & Expo, May 19-21.


Questions? Contact Barbara Landeen at 651.603.3522 or blandeen@leadingagemn.org.


Thank you, Program Sponsors!

Leadership Academy is sponsored by Annual Gold Sponsor LeadingAge Minnesota Savings & Solutions and Annual Bronze Sponsor Healthcare Services Group

Need Help?

We're here to help you! Contact:

  • Barbara Landeen
  • Director of Member and Governance Resources
  • 651.603.3522 or 800.462.5368