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Eastern Leadership Academy

The 2017 Eastern Leadership Academy will be held from August 27 – 31, 2017 at the Inn at Penn! Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017!

Each year, as many as 30 state and provincial officials from the 18 Eastern region member jurisdictions gather in Philadelphia, PA for the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy (ELA). This select group of state officials, from all three branches of government, receive training to enhance their leadership and communication skills from a variety of experts in media, education and government,

Held in partnership with the Fels Institute of Government, ELA is a unique opportunity to learn with the best and the brightest from across the region.

“Professional development is so important to revitalizing legislators’ and staff skills. The CSG-ERC’s 2014 Eastern Leadership Academy provided us with tangible tools which will improve the quality of our work in state government ” said Lauren Cutajar-Wynne of Delaware, ELA Class President 2014 and Senior Legislative Aide for Leadership.   “I’ve already been able to incorporate many of the leadership techniques and strategies into my work.”

CSG-ERC is pleased to invite you to apply for ELA. If you strive to be an effective leader, an informed decision-maker and an effective communicator, ELA is the program for you.

Senator Robert J. Thompson was a beloved and respected state and local government leader whose 30-year career was a model of personal and professional integrity, fairness, optimism and humility whether working on behalf of his constituents of West Chester, the citizens of Pennsylvania or the members of CSG-ERC.

Why Apply to Participate in ELA?

Develop Leadership Skills: Through a series of hands-on and group workshops ranging from consensus-building to media relations, ELA provides training to sharpen and develop the skills you need to become an effective leader.

Improve Understanding of Key Regional Public Policies: ELA is the only leadership academy designed exclusively for eastern regional officials from all three branches. By focusing on the most important regional trends facing state government officials today, scholars from the Fels Institute of Government and outside experts provide a context for you to effectively evaluate information, communicate your message successfully with constituents and colleagues and develop strategies for relating to media and the public.

Network with the Best and Brightest: During the ELA Academy, you will come together with some of the most promising state officials from across the region to share your knowledge and to learn from each other’s experiences.

What does the program include?

ELA will convene at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Participants are treated to a four-night, five-day stay—meals and program fees included—at the Inn at Penn. Participants are responsible only for their transportation to and from Philadelphia. The schedule includes a lineup of dynamic speakers, university professors, leadership training, and countless opportunities for networking and relationship building.

Who Should Apply?

The Leadership Academy is designed for legislators, as well as legislative staff, executive branch and judicial branch officials, primarily in the early-mid stages of their government careers. Members of the ELA Application Review Committee will look for applicants who demonstrate:
1. Leadership potential, including problem-solving and consensus-building skills
2. Dedication to public service
3. Commitment to improving government institutions and respect for state government

Contact us: Veronique Cavallier | vcavaillier@csg.org