Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy takes place annually as a training and onboarding opportunity focused on collegiate chapter officers. This fully-virtual experience provides new collegiate Executive Team officers an opportunity to meet other AOIIs holding their same officer role, learn about the leadership expectations of Alpha Omicron Pi, their role’s duties, meet professional staff and Network Team members, and participate in small group conversations with other officers. In addition to Executive Team members, select advisors are also invited to attend.

Leadership Academy 2024 Recap

Leadership Academy 2024 took place January 6-7 with over 1,200 chapter leaders in attendance from across the United States and Canada. Programming was available for all Executive Team officers, along with Chapter Advisors and all other Executive Team-level Advisors.

LA programming focused primarily on officer- and advisor-specific training, which allowed attendees to understand both their own roles as well as how they fit into the larger, collaborative scope of their chapter and AOII. This was accomplished through programming of Leadership Tracks, Officer or Advisor Tracks, and Executive Team Tracks.

This year’s advisor track offered a “choose your own adventure” schedule for ET-level advisors to allow more advisors to participate with more flexibility in the schedule. Collegiate officers also were divided into small group breakout sessions multiple times over the weekend to debrief, brainstorm, and share best practices with a small group of their peers.

2024’s keynote speaker was Heather Adams, Lambda Sigma (U of Georgia). Heather’s message was Servant Leadership Starts with Me: 10 Essential Practices to Ignite Change sharing practices that attendees can implement in their leadership roles immediately.

Collegiate participants attended two Leadership Tracks, one on Setting the Stage for a Successful Leadership Academy and the second on Moving from Talk to Action. During four Officer Track Sessions, officers were divided into officer-specific roles to learn information to their specific responsibilities. A Network Track allowed for introductions with the Network Team members who work with each chapter and chapter breakout time allowed attendees to begin the work of establishing their Inspire Chapter Performance Program goals for the year. AOII’s International President, Susan Bonifield, wrapped up our leadership event on Sunday with an inspirational message.