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Leadership Institute

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About the Leadership Institute – Connect. Reflect. Lead.


Learn more about the Leadership Institute. Watch this 23 minute webinar. Access the PowerPoint.

Occupational therapy practitioners who engage in the process of doing, being, and becoming occupational leaders can help our profession to flourish into the future. Participants will examine leadership topics through didactic modules, engage in live meetings with professional leaders, and receive mentorship over the course of several months.

Applications are being accepted for both mentees and mentors who would like to participate in the program.

About the Program

It’s virtual! Eligible for PDUs.

Who should apply? Occupational therapy practitioners in any practice area at all levels of experience are welcome to apply. Seasoned practitioners are encouraged to apply to be a mentor and participate for free!

What is the commitment? The commitment will be approximately 20 hours total over one year including a blend of asynchronous reading and reflection and 6 synchronous meetings.

When will the Institute take place? The institute will kick off at the OTAC Annual Conference in November 2023 and conclude one year later at the 2024 annual conference.

What is the format? The program will be virtual. The curriculum will consist of a kick-off, 4 modules, mentor-mentee meetings, and a share and learn mixer.

Why should I participate? Earn PDUs while working on your personal and professional development and networking with colleagues!

How can I apply? Please complete the application using the link below by June 26, 2023.



New Careerist
(1-3 years practiced)




Early Discounted Deadline May 26, 2023 | Regular Rate Deadline June 26, 2023
Link to google form application: https://forms.gle/rKo6imEk4fj8dtvr5

The application to participate as a mentor or mentee includes questions about professional designation (OTR/L, COTA), years in practice, leadership goals, a leader who motivates you, current role and practice in OT, values you hope to share with your mentor/mentee, and preferred communication style. The application must be completed in a single sitting and is due by June 26, 2023.

Leadership Institute Committee

  • Jenna Mele, OTD, OTR/L, Chair
  • Amber Bennett, OTD, OTR/L
  • Kendra King, MA, OTR/L, CBIS
  • Marissa Marchioni, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS
  • Jamie Sakamoto, MA, OT/L, CLEC
  • Samantha Valasek, OTD, OTR/L, CTTS, ADHD-RSP