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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

2015 LDP Cohorts

The  two cohorts of the Leadership Development Program in 2015 are Managers/Supervisors and School-based professionals.

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 8 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 ( 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 2015 Leadership Development Programs?

The Leadership Development Program for Managers/Supervisors kicks off on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland.

The Leadership Development Program for School-based Professionals will kick off Thursday, July 9, 2015, in conjunction with the ASHA Schools Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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

  LDP Manager/Supervisor LDP Schools
Webinar Dates/Times 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar 1 May 6, 2015 August 5, 2015
Webinar 2 June 24, 2015 September 30, 2015
Webinar 3 August 5, 2015 November 4, 2015
Webinar 4 September 30, 2015 December 9, 2015
Webinar 5 November 4, 2015 January 27, 2016
Webinar 6 December 9, 2015 February 24, 2016
Webinar 7 January 27, 2016 March 23, 2016
Webinar 8 February 24, 2016 May 11, 2016
Virtual Graduation March 23, 2016 June 16, 2016

Is there a fee to participate?

Yes. If your application is accepted, you pay a nominal fee of $350, which covers the one-day face-to-face program, one night's hotel accommodation, meeting materials, and webinars. If you do not need hotel accommodations, the fee is $250.

Who can apply?

We're seeking 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).

LDP Manager/Supervisor Applicant Requirements:

  • Current ASHA member.
  • Current employment in a managerial/supervisory role preferred, but not required. Preference will be given to applicants who are in a current position of manager or supervisor.
  • No prior service on an ASHA or Special Interest Group committee, board, council, standing or ad hoc. Leaders in state associations are welcome to apply.
  • Able to commit to participate in the year-long program and complete all program requirements.
  • No prior participation in any Leadership Development Program cohort.

LDP Schools Applicant Requirements:

  • Current ASHA member.
  • Employment in a school setting.
  • No prior service on an ASHA or Special Interest Group committee, board, council, standing or ad hoc. Leaders in state associations are welcome to apply.
  • Able to commit to participate in the year-long program and complete all program requirements.
  • No prior participation in any Leadership Development Program cohort.

How do I apply?

The application period of LDP Managers/Supervisors is now closed.
The application period for LDP Schools is open January 26 until 3:00 p.m. ET, March 17.
Please follow the steps below to apply:

  • Send an e-mail to during the application period.
  • Put "LDP Schools" in the subject line.
  • Provide your full name and ASHA membership number.
  • Log into the online application center once you receive the link (within 48 business hours). 


Contact Haley Jones, ASHA's Volunteer Operations Manager, at

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