The Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy

Make sure your voice is heard & be a part of change!

Did you know every state has committees, councils, and boards focused on issues related to education, transportation, medicine, the justice system, commerce, and more? These groups provide state leaders with valuable information (such as the quality of roads, the effectiveness of school programs, the need for additional resources for the elderly or people with disabilities, etc.) that helps them make decisions about the development of new programs and resources and how much funding will go to each issue when the budgeting plans are made. The groups are made up of a mixture of state experts, professionals, and other community stakeholders to make sure feedback and concerns are shared and included from the general public, there are spots in each group for people like you. Schools, businesses, and organizations such as local museums and community groups often have these councils and advisory groups as well all with the purpose of receiving guidance to help decide the goals and mission for the upcoming year.

It is wonderful to know that decisions are not just being made without the input of the public because these are the issues that affect us daily. But there is still a big problem, the majority of the general public does not know about these opportunities, and those that do often explain they do not participate because they feel too out of place or unprepared. This has led to a lack of diverse input and ideas being shared which can cause groups that you represent (culture, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, demographic, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.)  to be left out of the discussion because no one else in the group has that background and does not think about how that specific group will be affected by changes or how current conditions are affecting them. For example, in a council dedicated to transportation, if there are no members who use a wheelchair, have mobility challenges, or are connected to those who are in that population, challenges related to navigating a city or community in a wheelchair or with limited mobility may not be easily recognized therefore making getting around difficult. Your background, personal experiences, creativity, and most importantly, voice are needed to help make our communities diverse and inclusive.

To help those who would like to be in a leadership position like this, Creative Approach Development Center is excited to launch The Leadership Academy. This 8-week program explains the purpose of these committees and councils and how to apply for an appointment/membership. Participants will also complete the following activities: 

  • Identifying your personal strengths, interests, and story 

  • Recognizing Your Passion & Calling

  • Building your brand (developing your resume/CV, personal business cards, branding sites)

  • Effective Communication & Teamwork

  • Dealing with Conflict 

  • Leadership Etiquette 

  • Locating Leadership Opportunities 

  • And much more!

Who can participate in the program?

Anyone 18 and up is welcome to participate. As stated earlier the goal is to create diverse and inclusive communities and that can only be done if members of leadership teams are aware of the issues and needs of all groups. Therefore, people with different backgrounds are needed to share their voices and ideas. 

How does the program work?

There are both in-person and online sessions scheduled throughout the year. Sign up for the format that works for you and you will meet with your group once weekly and then work on different assignments and activities to prepare you for the next week. CADC Mentors will be available to answer questions and provide guidance throughout the week if needed. At the completion of the program, you will have a better understanding of the leadership process and opportunities, materials to share your branding information, and information to get started with looking for your next leadership opportunity.  

What do I need to complete the program? 

We provide the majority of the materials but do ask that you have access to a computer. For those attending virtually/online, you will need a high-speed internet connection to participate in weekly group sessions and a webcam and microphone. 

What is the cost of the program? 

The 8-week Leadership Academy is $149. The tuition can be paid in 1, 2, or 3 payments and includes all handouts, personal business cards, a letter of reference, and a certificate of completion. Graduates from the program also receive continued mentorship and are placed on our Leadership Registry to receive information about new leadership opportunities throughout the year. 

How do I get more information or sign up?

We are in the final stages of getting everything ready for our fall 2020 launch. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please fill out the form below and we will keep you posted on the official start dates and answer any questions you may have.