The NAEOP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a yearlong leadership development program that is designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within NAEOP and its participating State Associations. The program is designed to combine professional development, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences to ensure successful continuation of NAEOP. Every year, two* ELI participants will be selected from participating NAEOP states.
*In the event that a member state(s) has fewer than two qualified applicants, additional participants may be selected from the other member states.
Criteria to Apply
The ELI application process is competitive, so please keep in mind all of the following in preparing your application:
- Membership – candidate must be a current NAEOP project member. If selected, participants must maintain tenure of paid membership in NAEOP.
- Leadership Potential – candidate must have worked for a TRIO program for at least two years OR previous relevant experience (professional roles, volunteer experience, etc.); and show present success or future potential for success in leadership positions.
- Commitment – candidate must agree to attend and fully engage in all ELI training sessions, attend and volunteer in some capacity at the NAEOP regional conference, and be committed to the possibility of furthering their leadership commitment by serving on various committees or taking on leadership positions with the state and/or region.
- Supervisor Support – candidate must obtain a letter of support from their supervisor.
- Financial – the candidate is responsible for NAEOP conference registration fee, lodging, travel and per diem to attend the full day of training.
ELI participants who successfully complete the program will:
- Possess a broader understanding of how the history of TRIO programs, COE, NAEOP, and member State Associations influence NAEOP structure, objectives, organization and procedures.
- Through a strengths based approach, develop a fundamental understanding of one’s own leadership style and how to effectively use it to work with others.
- Contribute to the success of their state association and/or regional association by assuming leadership responsibilities such as holding offices, chairing committees, and serving as mentors for new NAEOP professionals.
- Gain practical skills related to participating in and leading effective teams.
ELI Program Components:
The yearlong program will use Clifton Strengths & TEACH Teamwork as a way to explore:
- Team building
- Self Discovery
- Establishment of common language around leadership
- Networking with peers, NAEOP leaders, & community leaders
ELI Participant Commitments
Applicants who are selected for the current ELI cohort commit to:
- Attend and fully engage in the ELI training (prior to NAEOP Conference)
- Attend the NAEOP Conference (typically in October)
- Volunteer in various capacities at the NAEOP Conference; opportunities may include collecting meal tickets, assisting with the registration table, and assisting with the silent and live auctions
- Actively participate in monthly conference calls and trainings with the ELI cohort and NAEOP leaders
- Attend a two-day workshop at Gonzaga University (typically held in the Spring)
- Engage in and complete projects and/or tasks as assigned
- Actively seek leadership roles by serving on various committees or taking on a leadership position at the state and/or regional level after completion of ELI experience