Nominations now open for our

Leadership Development Program Event

Nominations Open  through April 12

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

Keiser Jacksonville 6430 Southpoint Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Nova Tampa 3632 Queen Palm Dr, Tampa, FL 33619

Announcing a Dual-Campus Web-linked Format
Keynote Speaker: Kurt Hubbard, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

6 CEU Course for $60.00, entry-level student rates $20.00\
Nominations to the program based on self-nomination or peer nomination
Acceptance based on committee review and invitation.
See Information about our event below  -- Participation accepted by Nomination 

Nominations Due April 12, 2019

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.

Our Second Leadership Development Cohort Met May 12th, 2019!
Meet our emerging leaders:

On May 12th, FOTA held its second leadership development event targeting Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Students hosted by the OT program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. OT practitioners nominated from across the state of Florida attended the one-day continuing education event provided by the FOTA Leadership Development Committee.

Leadership Development Cohort Number One: Focus on OTAs, August 5th, 2017


On August 5th, FOTA held its first leadership development event targeting Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) hosted by the OTA program at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL. OTAs nominated from across the state of Florida attended the one-day continuing education event provided by the FOTA Leadership Development Committee. In total, 20 OTAs participated in a day discussing leadership.


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