Delaware Leadership Institute, Winter 2017 - Applications Now Being Accepted

Date: 12/2016

Applications for the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities - to be held January 22-27 - will be accepted through November 18. This week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

The focus of the Leadership Institute is on assessing and strengthening leadership skills, setting organizational direction, and understanding the future of the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. Institute participants come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the skills and values critical for quality, individualized supports.

Participants will learn the skills needed to:

  • Succeed in leadership challenges unique to the developmental disabilities field today;
  • Manage and sustain person-centered, values-based transformational change;
  • Build and sustain positive organizational culture at all levels.
  • Challenge the status quo through risk-taking; and,
  • Set and achieve ambitious goals for yourself and your organization.

A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.

Applications are due by November 18, 2016

The Gary Smith Scholarship is available for this session. This scholarship is specifically for people working directly for state departments of developmental disabilities. If you are eligible and want to apply for this scholarship you will be able to indicate this within the application.
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