Leaders of professional societies such as the ASPN need specific skill sets to be able to negotiate the complex tasks of innovation, program development, personnel supervision, dealing with outside constituencies and other organizations. These skills are also applicable to many other aspects of academic medicine and are commonly acquired after years of experience, perhaps also by specific training, or through trial and error. We believe that it is possible to intentionally develop future leaders of our Society by offering an ASPN Leadership Development Program (LDP). This program will not only assist the ASPN in development of future leaders, but will also provide important skills to participants that they will be able to utilize at their home institutions. The ASPN LDP was created in 2011 by ASPN Council and is managed by the ASPN LDP Steering Committee (now John D Mahan, Barbara Fivush, Craig Porter and Victoria Norwood).


Awarded on a competitive basis to 12-15 ASPN members, the entire program will be completed over a one-year period. The curriculum will be spread out over 3 full-day sessions to take place in conjunction with scheduled meetings as follows:

  • 2019 PAS, Baltimore, MD – Friday, April 26
  • 2019 ASN, Washington, DC – November 6 or 7, specific date to be determined
  • 2020 PAS, Philadelphia, PA – Specific date to be determined, likely May 1, 2020

The ASPN Leadership Development Program (ASPN LDP) Overview is available here. The April 2019 session will consist of an introduction and keynote presentation by a past president of the ASPN, followed by a 4 hour Leadership Competencies Inventory session (multisource assessment led by leadership development expert). The remaining topics will be covered over the two final day-long sessions. Outside speakers from both industry and academia will be utilized as faculty for the remaining sessions.

2018 Leadership Development Program Graduates


The successful applicant will be an ASPN member in good standing, with an established record of ongoing engagement with ASPN. The ASPN LDP Steering Committee will select the participants. It is expected that awardees will be selected from a diverse group of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds.

If selected, applicants must agree to participate in all elements of the LDP (3 full days of educational sessions, appropriate additional preparatory time and ongoing project and mentorship calls), and must commit to serve the ASPN as an active member of an ASPN Committee, Task Force, or Council.

Application process

Applicants must submit a completed application that includes:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement that addresses the following:
    • How did you become interested in working with the ASPN?
      • Please comment specifically on previous ASPN committee work.
    • What skills and knowledge do you hope to obtain as a result of this opportunity?
    • How will this experience enhance your professional development and career?
    • Have you completed a similar formal skills training program in the past? If so, please describe.
  • CV
  • Letter of support from your Division Chief or Department Chair as appropriate that addresses the following:
    • interest and promise of the applicant in terms of leadership potential.
    • commitment to provide the applicant, if successful, protected time to participate in the program and requisite post-program ASPN activities.

Next application cycle begins Fall/Winter 2020.