Details for Applicants and Participants

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Applications will close on June 10th. The fee for the Leadership Institute is $2550 (if application is received before March 25th) and $2750 (if application is received on or after March 25th) and includes all materials, most lunches and two dinners but does not include your travel and hotel.

If you belong to, work for, or your organization belongs to one of our partnering organizations you have special rates! This rate is $2350 (if application is received before March 25th) and $2,550 (if application is received on or after March 25th). You will be able to indicate this on the application.

Scholarship Application: If you are a leader with a disability, a current Direct Support Professional, or a leader who works for a state department of developmental disabilities within the United States (Gary Smith Scholarship funded by NASDDDS) there may be scholarship support available to you. These scholarships cover Institute tuition and a travel & hotel stipend. They do not cover other costs associated with the Institute such as food or books. You will be able to indicate application for the scholarships on the application for the Institute.

James Gardner giving presentation

Institute Highlights:

The class is limited to a select group of emerging leaders offering opportunity for collaboration and an enduring network of support. Approximately 32 people will be accepted, with participation limited to one person per organization.

A significant amount of preparation work is required. Participants will be asked to read several books, to submit a personal leadership challenge, and to take a 360 degree assessment of leadership skills prior to the Leadership Institute.

Each Leadership Institute begins early Sunday evening with a welcome dinner and ends before noon on Friday.

More than one person from an organization may apply but applicants may be deferred for acceptance to a future session to ensure equal opportunities to attend the Institute for all organizations.

Cancellations will be accepted only until five weeks before the start date of the Institute. Prior to that date, cancellations must be made in writing (e-mail is acceptable, please confirm that we have received) and funds will be returned, minus a $100 processing fee. There will be no refunds after that date and, if an intended participant cancels after that date or is a no-show, the full registration fee will still be owed. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for late cancellations or no shows, however, if your agency would like to substitute another appropriate individual, this can be done with prior approval.

Applications are now open! Click here to apply.

To learn more about the Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at