In 2012, I joined and then was appointed to chair the AOTA Community of Leaders, an ad-hoc subcommittee of the Emerging Leaders Development Committee (ELDC). The Community of Leaders was established to disseminate AOTA leadership news and information. Over the past three years, the Community of Leaders has published multiple articles on leadership topics online and in OT Practice, has helped plan events like the Leadership Reception held each year at conference, and has served as a forum for AOTA members who are passionate about leadership. Recently, the Community of Leaders has produced new podcast-style discussions called, "OT Leadership Live." You can learn more by visiting communityofleaders.org
In 2010, I was selected to participate in the inaugural AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP). Over the course of the year I assisted my mentor, Brent Braveman, with leadership tasks related to his position as Speaker of the AOTA Representative Assembly (RA) and as a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Second, I completed the Leadership Practices Inventory 360 (Kouzes & Posner) and applied the results to my role as Chair of the South-Central District of the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, a process that resulted in a ten-fold increase in District participation. Finally, Brent mentored me as I prepared and submitted applications to PhD programs related to OT.
From 2013-2015, I served as a member of the ELDC with exceptional volunteer leaders like Midge Hobbs, Amy Lamb, Jessica Bolduc, Ann Stuart, Jaclyn Schwatz, David McGuire, and Lauren Wengerd. During this time, I collaborated with these colleagues to help guide AOTA leadership programs and evaluate program outcomes. I also worked with Rebecca Argabrite-Grove on revision of ELDP application materials and the scoring rubric.
While I am sorry to see my term on the ELDC come to an end, I am very confident in the leadership of my colleagues and excited to participate in the continued growth and excellence of AOTA leadership programs in the coming years.