Leadership Academy

Reflections from Leadership Academy Alumni

Elaine Gabovitch “My state autism planning team ran a focus group (a few days after the Leadership Academy) with members of the local Vietnamese community who are parents of children with ASD. With the Leadership Academy’s influence, we cut through our past questions and simply asked “What do you need?” and listened. What emerged was rich, real and specific and at the same time universal. Now we know how we can help. The community is with us and wants to figure out how they can lead their own efforts. We will stand next to them and help them get there.”

Elaine Gabovitch
Family Faculty, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Chaqueta Stuckey"I would like to thank you for the great experience of the Leadership Academy. I never thought i would learn so much in 3 1/2 days well i did and i am proud of what i learned. You have broken down some points for me to understand clearly even though my ally was there, and now i can bring up topics without having a bad feeling. I promise i will accomplish what i said i would do and i will make sure of that."

Chaqueta Stuckey
Executive Board Member & Secretary
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

Nachama Wilker"I had an 'ah ha' moment while in Santa Fe about how I have been approaching a leadership challenge within the P&A as purely a technical problem. While I still feel that there are times that a technical solution is called for, it was clear that I was using technical solutions at times that required adaptive approaches. I want to thank you for providing me with some tools to try a new approach toward helping the P&A agencies use all the tools in our toolbox to allow individuals with disabilities to freely exercise their civil, legal and human rights."

Nachama L. Wilker
Deputy Executive Director for Training and Technical Assistance
National Disability Rights Network

“I feel braver about engaging our management team in dialogue about how to impart vision for CLC to our center.”
“I feel better about my perception that culture is personal and individual and cultural competence can be a meaningful & transformative process vs. compliance.”
“I am a leader with power of influence and not power of position. I do not have to have a title to do the work.”
“I valued the opportunity to process, frame and question my leadership challenge in a safe group of people who were truly committed to helping me without their own agenda.”
“I entered the challenge with a deficit perspective and moved forward to a progressive place of re-defining what leadership means for my style/approach.”
“Not only do I have a new toolkit, I have also identified allies, confidants, and mentors.”
“Both my formal and informal consultations were extremely productive. Faculty listened and provided very targeted feedback. Really encouraged reflection. Really pushed me.”