ASCLS---Official-LeadershipThe ASCLS Leadership Academy is designed to prepare ASCLS members for current and future leadership roles in the organization by providing a structured program of study of critical leadership topics.


  • Identify members with potential to become leaders in ASCLS and invest in their growth and development.
  • Provide these high-potential leaders with skills required to step into leadership positions within ASCLS.
  • Energize and grow ASCLS through strong leadership at all levels of the organization.
  • Increase the future leaders' knowledge of ASCLS.

Benefits to the Participant

  • Develop skills that can be transferred to the work setting and life in general.
  • Provide opportunities to learn from and dialogue with ASCLS leaders.
  • Provide opportunities to be mentored by ASCLS leaders.
  • Acquire the confidence and self-esteem to step into leadership roles.

Benefits to ASCLS

  • Strong leaders make strong organizations.
  • Shape the future of the organization and the profession at large.
  • Increase passion for ASCLS locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Develop and grow members who can work on important identified initiatives for ASCLS.
  • A successful program will be an attractive member benefit and increase membership in ASCLS.

2007-2008 Project - Member Recruitment Toolkit 

2008- 2009 Project - Leadership Development Kit and Leadership Positions Notebooks 

2009 - 2010 Project - Promote the Profession Video and ASCLS Awareness Guide

2010 - 2011 Project - Bringing the Leadership Academy to You 

2011 - 2012 Project - Customizing Your ASCLS Recruitment Strategy

2012-2013 Project - Mentoring Our Members to Effective Leadership

2013-2014 Project - Member Retention:  Why They Don't Renew

2014-2015 Project - Membership Infographics

2015-2016 Project - ASCLS Has the Answer Postcards

2016-2017 Project - ASCLS presents LabTalks

ASCLS Leadership Academy Application Guidelines

Admission to the ASCLS Leadership Academy will be through a competitive application process. Applications are now available.  The application includes editable recommendation forms.

Completed applications will be accepted until April 15, 2018.

Candidates must agree to a commitment of personal time and effort over 12 months in addition to a financial commitment for travel expenses to attend Leadership Academy activities in conjunction with the ASCLS Annual Meeting, the Legislative Symposium and the ASCLS Annual Meeting. It is expected that Leadership Academy participants will also attend each of these meetings in their entirety. We hope to identify funds to supplement other fees and materials costs as well as to defray travel costs, if possible. Candidates selected will be required to certify their intention to commit to attendance at all Leadership Academy activities throughout the year, the 2017 ASCLS Annual Meeting, the 2018 Legislative Symposium, the 2018 ASCLS Annual Meeting and regular conference calls, in addition to the time necessary for successful completion of the program and projects associated with the Academy.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates must be CURRENT ASCLS PF1, PF2, or FYP members. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by any current ASCLS member.

Application Instructions

The application for the ASCLS Leadership Academy includes completion of an application form, signature of a statement of commitment to the Leadership Academy, and responses to five essay questions. A letter of recommendation and a completed recommendation form from TWO individuals are also required.

In order for your application to be considered, ASCLS must receive all completed materials by the deadline stated on the application form. Electronic submission of all required documents by email is required. Incomplete applications or applications received after this date will not be considered.

Applications will be considered complete once ASCLS has received a signed application form (electronic signature required), responses to essay questions, and two (2) completed recommendation forms and letters of recommendation. Recommendation forms will be posted on this website.

Download Leadership Academy Application

Completed application is due April 15, 2018.