Leadership Development Program

Ready, Set, Lead!

If you want to...

  • Expand and Refine your leadership skills to drive change in your current work setting
  • Become a leader within your state or professional association
  • Build a lifelong professional network
  • Give back to your profession through volunteer service
  • Influence policies, programs, and services

Then you should consider participating in ASHA's Leadership Development Program!

Past and present Leadership Development Program participants explain the impact that the LDP had on their careers and why other ASHA members should apply.

What is ASHA's Leadership Development Program (LDP)?

The Leadership Development Program is a year-long program for ASHA members with leadership potential. The program encourages you to develop your leadership skills and give back to the professions through volunteering—whether with ASHA, at your workplace or for a related professional organization.

Here is what current Leadership Development Program participants are saying about the most rewarding aspects of the LDP:

  • Collaborating with colleagues
  • Learning new ideas/strategies for setting goals, formulating a project and articulating a vision
  • Being able to discover my strengths and challenges as a leader and to develop those further along with my colleagues
  • Gaining leadership perspective from professionals
  • Gaining a leadership support staff of friends

2016 LDP Cohorts

The two cohorts of the Leadership Development Program in 2016 are Audiology (spring kick-off) and Health Care Professionals (summer kick-off). Cohorts for 2017 will be announced in August. 

What are the components of the Program?

If selected, you must commit to all program components:

  • Participate in a full-day Leadership Development Program face-to-face workshop.
  • Participate in scheduled webinars over the course of the next year on selected leadership topics.
  • Develop and complete an individual leadership project.
  • Actively participate on your learning team.

What is a Learning Team?

Participants are assigned to a learning team made up of other participants. Participants meet/work with their teams in-person at the workshop and virtually throughout the year. A learning team serves as a participant's project advisory board. Teams are meant to be independent and schedule their own virtual team meetings spread over the year. Additionally, they are to provide a venue for deeper interactions and exploration of the content provided by the LDP webinar sessions.

Leadership Projects

Individual learning projects are focused on the workplace or a community or other volunteer organization, with the elements involving leadership activities such as working with a team or gathering the support of stakeholders. Examples include:

  • Working on a project for your state association.
  • Developing a support group or family training program.
  • Working with a team to implement a new clinical or educational program.
  • Working to advocate for reimbursement, legislation, or policy change.

Note: While ASHA encourages participants to use their leadership skills to collaborate with various stakeholders associated with their projects to accomplish project goals, participation in the LDP does not imply ASHA’s endorsement or official support of participants’ projects. Prior ASHA approval must be obtained before using ASHA's name on any communications associated with participation in the Leadership Development Program. Please contact Haley Jones ([email protected]) if you have questions about the possibility of using ASHA’s name in your efforts to gain visibility for your project.

What are the dates for the 2016 Leadership Development Programs?

The Leadership Development Program for Audiologists will kick off on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland.

The Leadership Development Program for Health Care professionals will kick off July 7, 2016, in conjunction with ASHA Connect, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The webinars for each cohort are scheduled for the following dates:

  LDP Audiology LDP Health Care
Webinar Dates/Times 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar 1 May 11, 2016 August 3, 2016
Webinar 2 June 15, 2016 September 28, 2016
Webinar 3 August 3, 2016 November 2, 2016
Webinar 4 September 28, 2016 December 7, 2016
Webinar 5 November 2, 2016 January 25, 2017
Webinar 6 December 7, 2016 February 22, 2017
Webinar 7 January 25, 2017 March 22, 2017
Webinar 8 February 22, 2017 April 26, 2017
Virtual Graduation March 22, 2017 May 24, 2017

Is there a fee to participate?

Yes. If your application is accepted, there is a tuition fee of $350, which covers the face-to-face program, one night's hotel accommodation, program materials, and webinars. If you choose not to use the hotel, the fee is $250. Please contact Haley Jones for more information at [email protected].

Who can apply?

The LDP seeks energetic people who are motivated to influence professional issues in speech-language pathology or audiology. Each program accepts 30 participants selected through a competitive application process. Preference is given to members who belong to a Special Interest Group, as well as to past members of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). You must be an ASHA member to apply. 

How do I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 LDP cohorts. Please check back toward the end of summer for information on the 2017 cohorts. 


Contact Haley Jones, ASHA's Volunteer Operations Manager, at [email protected].

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