Congratulations to our 36 New Leadership Program Participants, June 8th, 2019

Congratulations to our 36 New Leadership Program Participants, June 8th, 2019 

Leadership Development Program Event


From the Leadership Committee:
Whether they attended our event in Jacksonville, or in Tampa, June 8th,  our 3rd Cohort of the Leadership Development Program came together to share perspectives on Leadership --specifically, leading the way in Occupational Therapy (OT). As a committee, we have to admit that we were excited to be engaging in this new format whereby both event locations were be linked through internet technology so that we could have the convenience of travel to nearby location, and we could reach out to leadership from across our state. Please know that this was our first attempt at linking up our events, and we are hopeful that it was effective. Taking the risk to try this new approach to our courses speaks to philosophy of our program: Learn, Innovate, & Grow -- all through Action
The other important method of addressing leadership development at our recent event was through our use of the personal journey of various leaders. During our course, participants heard from various leaders in our "Spotlight" sessions. Speakers shared their experience as OTs, and provided some history of how they came be be a leader in OT in Florida. We believe in the power of the unique story of each of these speakers to educate and inspire us all. Based on nomination forms, we know our participants are also leaders, and we wanted to hear their stories too. We value the experience of networking and supporting each other as leaders and so purposely built into our day time to connect including at lunch and during our Roundtable discussions.
Thanks to all for their participation!

June 8th, 2019 : Leadership Development Course 
Hosted by Keiser University, Jacksonville -  Occupational Therapy Assistant Program & Nova Southeastern University, Tampa  - Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program


  • Leadership Development Committee Co-Chairs: Michael Steinhauer, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, &  Nadya Ramos, OTDS, COTA/L
  • Your Keynote Speaker: Kurt Hubbard, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA,  Past-President of FOTA,  Executive Director/Academic Dean of Online Learning at Remington College 

Spotlight Speakers:

  • Elena Vizvary, MS, OTR/L Past-President of FOTA, Louise Samson Leadership Award Winner 
  • Jordan Powers, OTD, OTR/L, Chair, Assembly of Student Delegates (ASD) | American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Debora Oliveira, PhD, OTR/L, Past-Vice President of FOTA, Louise Samson Leadership Award Winner
  • Sue Ram, OTDS,  Secretary of the Assembly of Student Delegates (ASD) | American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 
  • Sharon Rosenberg, MS, OTR, FOTA Government Affairs Co-Coordinator, FOTA Board Member

Other Presenters: 

  • Brent Cheyne, OTD, OTR/L, Current President of FOTA
  • Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, President-Elect of FOTA

Hosting Faculty:

Nova Southeastern Tampa: Ricardo C. Carrásco, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA Professor & Director, Entry Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) ProgramHealth Professions Division * College of Health Care Sciences * Department of Occupational Therapy

Keiser University Jacksonville:  André Johnson COTA/L, BHS, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Instructor

Course description:  Participants will be selected by nomination. The participants will engage in a day of continuing education and dynamic discussions on the topic of leadership and service in the context of the state professional association for occupational therapy. A variety of speakers, presentations, and discussions will be provided on leadership practices and principles as well as the diversity of roles in leadership that exist in FOTA. The event will culminate with participants identifying and committing to aspects of FOTA that they would be involved in volunteering and begin growing into leadership roles in those areas. Participants will be connected to a current FOTA leader who can act in the capacity of mentor and facilitate increased service to FOTA and guide leadership development. 

Leadership Event Learning Objectives

   Participants will:

  1.  Identify various leadership styles (practices)
  2. Identify behaviors and characteristics of leaders (communication/visibility).
  3. Gain an understanding of the FOTA organization, its mission and vision
  4. Understand FOTA Strategic Plan support for leadership development
  5. Explore available FOTA leadership options
  6. Reflect on their own leadership journey
  7. Recognize their own potential leadership role within FOTA
  8. Develop meaningful professional fulfillment through leadership practices

Leadership Event Agenda 

  1. Welcome and introductions: presenters, attendees: title, current job, etc
  2. Review objectives, goals for the day, results of surveys attendees took ahead of time
  3. Keynote Speaker on Leadership Practices in the Context of a State Association: Kurt Hubbard
  4. Leadership discussion  Styles       Behaviors / characteristics
  5. FOTA – as an organization
  6. FOTA Strategic Plan; Bylaws
  7. FOTA Leadership:   Voting board / non-voting leaders; positions: elected / appointed
  9. ROUNDTABLES / BREAK OUT SESSIONS: 6 10 minute sessions in one hour (if we have 20-25 participants, that will = approx.. 4 per group. Can do a round robin.
  10. FOTA leaders will conduct small group presentation: share job description in own words, pros / cons, time commitment, etc. FOTA leaders should be given outline of information to share.
  11. Regroup – feedback from attendees
  12. Time for commitment  - participants consider plans to engage in interest areas as volunteers. Mentorship connections set-up in association with expressed areas of interest.

Purpose of the Leadership Development Program is:

  1. To identify future FOTA leaders to serve FOTA in board and/or other identified leadership positions.
  2. To provide future FOTA leaders with resources/programs to develop leadership skills, via strategic mentorship opportunities within the state.
  3. To develop an ongoing process of mentorship in leadership within the organization’s yearly activities.
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