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Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the Shane Yates Aspiring Leaders Institute

The three-day course focuses on association management, skills development

Once again this fall, the Ohio Society of Association Executives is offering the Shane Yates Aspiring Leaders Institute (SYALI) to members interested in completing the leadership course and more fully developing their leadership and management skills. The program, which will be three full-day courses beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m., will be held once more at the Fawcett Event Center at the Ohio State University.

What is the SYALI?

The courses focus on multiple association management topics, including governance, leadership development, finance knowledge and implementation, working with boards, developing proper communications and branding skills, interacting with volunteer leaders and members and public policy.  Twelve leaders from across various segments of Ohio's association industry will present their experiences in interactive sessions designed to drive engagement and develop participants' knowledge on the various areas of exploration.

The SYALI is OSAE's cohort-based leadership development program designed to develop essential skills, to strengthen and build the professional careers and to encourage the involvement of entry-and mid-level association executives while strengthening community within OSAE. The curriculum was created for individuals committed to taking their leadership to the next level and who want to make a significant impact on their organizations and the association community. The program includes sessions organized around the following themes:

  • Authentic Leadership Communication & Strategy
  • The Board Governs, the Staff Manages
  • Ins & Outs of Relationships in the Workplace
  • Effective Behaviors for Meaningful Leadership
  • Internal to External Customers
  • Association Essentials: Financial & Membership Competency

What does the program cost?

Members' registration fees for the program are $250 while non-members must pay $300. This translates to approx. $21 per hour for industry-leading knowledge from subject matter experts in their respective fields. 

Is there any assistance available?

In addition to providing speakers for the program, OSAE's sister organization, the OSAE Foundation, recognizes the value of SYALI and, thus, has committed to underwriting two fellowships for students who enroll in this year's program. Individuals interested in the scholarship should send a letter to explaining their situation, stating the reason why they feel they should be a recipient of the scholarship and how they intend to use the knowledge they gain from the program to better themselves and Ohio's association community. 

To apply for the program, please select this link. The deadline to apply to the program is Oct. 19, 2018. 

What do participants say?

"Prior to joining the association industry, I provided services to association-based entities and was intrigued with the internal and external processes of these organizations," said Andrew Allman, the director of business operations at the Ohio Agribusiness Association and executive director of the Nutrient Stewardship Council, who participated in the program's inaugural class. "Given my current role as an association professional who assists in the operations of five different organizations, I have quickly realized the endless learning opportunities. The SYALI program was a perfect way for me to gain leadership skills that will assist me in my current position, future association and community/volunteer positions. Information and learning tools provided during the various workshops helped me understand the importance of the CAE credential and I aspire to join the network of similarly committed association professionals."

When does it kick off?

This year's program will launch Oct. 30, 2018 at the Fawcett Event Center with two more full-day programs on Nov. 13 and Nov. 27. Boxed lunches will be provided to participants. 

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