Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy

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Apply for the Next Leadership Academy!

Applications will be open for the 2022 Leadership Academy from October 18 - November 18, 2021.

Apply for the Leadership Academy by November 18, 2021

What is the Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy?

The Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy is a unique program that brings together professionals from across a wide variety of industries and backgrounds from the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Architects, Connecticut,
  • CFA Society Hartford,
  • Connecticut Bar Association,
  • Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants,
  • Connecticut Young Insurance Professionals, and
  • Hartford County Bar Association.

Participants work to strengthen leadership skills, build relationships,  cultivate talent, and create a collaborative community among several  professions for the next generation of business leaders.

This six-month program will encourage emerging leaders to develop and improve their professions, their professional association groups, their  companies, and their personal career growth.

Who should apply?

We’re looking for early to mid-career professionals who are members of the partnering organizations seeking leadership training to propel them to the next level of their career. Individuals are selected for the program based on community and business involvement, leadership aspiration, and commitment to professional growth.


$500 per participant.  AIA Connecticut will be offering 2 scholarships for the program.


Applications will be accepted October 18 - November 18, 2021 at this link.

2022 Program Sessions 

Session 1 –  Tuesday, January 11

CTCPA Education Center • 9am - 2 pm
(716 Brook St., Suite 100, Rocky Hill)

Lean Principles and Practices Team-Building Workshop
Presented by CONNSTEP, Connecticut’s Premier Business Consulting Firm

Clifton Strengths Leadership Workshop
Presented by Nick Wagner Sr., HR professional and founder of the nonprofit CITE Inc.

Session 2 –  Tuesday, February 15

State Capitol • 9am - 2 pm
(210 Capitol Ave., Hartford)

Legislative Day at the Capitol    

  • Guided tour of the Capitol Building
  • Meet your legislators
  • Group lunch
Session 3 –  Tuesday, March 8

CBA Law Center • 9am - 2 pm
(30 Bank St., New Britain)

10Ks of Personal Branding
Presented by Kaplan Mobray, Kaplan Mobray  Leadership Institute

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presentation and Roundtable
Presented by Yvonne Alston, Founder + Principal, Indelible Impressions Consulting, LLC

Session 4 –  Tuesday,  April 19

AIA Connecticut Offices • 9am - 2 pm
(370 James St., Suite 402, New Haven)

Facilitation and Negotiation
Presented by Nancy Alexander MBA MA CMF,  Lumenance Consulting LLC

Public Speaking
Presented by Mark Zampino, Principal, Zampino Communications & Training

Session 5

9am - 2 pm

Volunteer Day

Session 6 –  Tuesday, May 10

CTCPA Education Center • 9am - 2 pm
(716 Brook St., Suite 100, Rocky Hill)

Finance, Contracts, and Insurance 101
Presented by Ian Green, President, GRPC, Ken Lerman, Esq., and Ryan M. Keating, CIC

Interactive Board Session and Panel Discussion

Session 7 –  Tuesday, June 14

CTCPA Education Center • 9am - 2 pm
(716 Brook St., Suite 100, Rocky Hill)

How to Lead a Team Effectively and Efficiently
Presented by Brent Robertson, Partner, Fathom

Clifton Strengths Leadership Workshop Wrap-Up
Identify where you have grown over the past six months and set clear goals for your future.
Presented by Nick Wagner Sr., HR professional and founder of the nonprofit CITE Inc.

Session 8 – June

Dunkin Donuts Park
(1214 Main St., Hartford)

Graduation Ceremony at Dunkin Donuts Park and Yard Goats Game
Receive your Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy graduation certificate at our pregame graduation ceremony. Following the ceremony, join us for baseball, food and festivities to celebrate your accomplishment.

The format, location, and details of these events are subject to change, depending on applicable CDC, state, and local public health guidance and restrictions. Questions? Contact Gina Calabro, Hon. AIACT, Executive Director at