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Program Requirements and Application

The ANCOR Foundation is accepting applications for its next Leadership Academy cohort until December 15, 2019.

Submit your application here: Leadership Academy Application


The objectives of the program are to support mid-career professionals to build their areas of expertise and thought-leadership to enhance influence and reputation in the national I/DD community as the next generation of leaders.

Program participants will be expected to complete 50-units of learning activities that are completed over a 2-year period. Participants can earn the units through any of the ANCOR Foundation-sponsored activities, ANCOR-sponsored events, or completing external trainings (supporting documentation required).

The Program will focus on these general categories (sample topics, not exhaustive).

  • Leadership Skills Development (e.g., Strategic Planning; Consensus-Building; Conflict Management; Change Management)
  • Communications (e.g., Crisis Management; Social Media Strategy; Marketing; Meeting facilitation)
  • Policy/Advocacy (e.g., Lobbying; Grassroots Advocacy; Disability Rights History)
  • HR Management (e.g., Performance Management)
  • Financial Management (e.g., Budget Management; Financial Analysis)

The Foundation will continually evaluate focus areas based on participant feedback and needs.

Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified in February 2020 with program start in March 2020. 

Leadership Academy Offerings

  • Up to 10 complimentary ANCOR Foundation-hosted 60-90 minute webinars (held at 2:00pm Eastern on the 4th Thursday of the webinar month), to be supplemented by a facilitated discussion with Academy coach every other month
  • 2 complimentary ANCOR Foundation pre-conference sessions (or equivalent)
  • Leadership Academy Mentoring Circles: optional small group mentoring over six-month period with discussion facilitated by I/DD industry leaders
  • 4 complimentary registrations for any ANCOR-hosted webinars (in addition to ANCOR Foundation webinars)
  • Dedicated ACC peer support group

Program Completion

  • Recognition at ANCOR Annual Conference
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Graduates announced on the ANCOR Foundation website, denoting their focus area
    • Graduates are expected to continue lifelong learning and give back to the community as potential presenters/speakers, mentors, or other demonstration of thought-leadership

Program Requirements

  • Mandatory attendance at virtual orientation (March 2020) and in-person kick-off meeting at Annual Conference (April 2020)
  • Learning Activities
    • Program completion is a combination of Learning Activities and Giving Back to the disability community
    • 50-units of any combination of learning activities and giving back must be earned over 2-year period to successfully complete the Leadership Academy
  • Learning Activities: refers to webinars, conferences, or seminars attended, as well as any professional mentoring that is received
    • E.g., attending webinars, seminars, or conferences (plenary and breakout sessions only): 1 hour attendance = 1 unit
    • Receive Professional Mentoring: 1 hour mentoring = 1 unit
  • Giving Back: refers to sharing expertise with the broader community, such as active participation in an ANCOR committee or initiative; giving presentations and/or speeches; or publishing articles (e.g., LINKS or other publication)
    • ANCOR committee or initiative: 1-hour meeting/work session= 1 unit
    • Presentations and/or speeches: 1 presentation / speech = 2 units
    • Article for publication: 1 article = 2 units
  • Upon completion of 50-units, participants must write one article that highlights what they learned over the 2-year period and how they intend to apply the new knowledge in their career moving forward; article to be published by ANCOR
  • Tracking Units
    • Participants who register for an ANCOR or ANCOR Foundation-sponsored event/activity will automatically receive the units for that event
    • Participants who attend an external activity (i.e., not sponsored by ANCOR or ANCOR Foundation) must submit supporting documentation (e.g., certificates of attendance) to request credits for completion

Application Process

Applications Open Period:  October 1 - December 15, 2019 (11:59pm, Eastern). Download detailed Application requirements.


  • ANCOR Member organizations leaders are eligible to apply
  • Mid-career I/DD professionals (between 5-15 years of I/DD experience)
  • Minimum 1-year Supervisory experience (paid staff or unpaid volunteers)

Application Overview: To be considered, applicants must provide (by December 1, 2019)

  • Resume or Employment History
  • Short Answers
  • Indicate focus areas
  • Personal Commitment Statement
  • 1 Recommendation Letter
  • Agency Letter of Commitment to provide support and resources as needed to enable participant to successfully complete program

Admission Notification and Enrollment Fee

  • If accepted, must pay non-refundable $500 enrollment fee to affirm interest.
  • If participant does not complete the requirements at the end of the 2-year program, he/she must re-apply.

Key Program Dates

  • October - December 15, 2019: Application period
  • February 2020: Notify Finalists and submit enrollment fees
  • March 2020: virtual program orientation
  • 2020 Annual Conference (April 27 - 29, Miami, Florida): in-person kick-off meeting
  • July 2020: begin webinars (every other month)
  • July 2020: begin optional mentoring circles (6-month duration)
  • 2022 Annual Conference: graduation


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