Foundation Program

Foundation Academy programs focus on emerging leaders, that provide essential skills for those beginning their leadership journey.

Advanced Program

The Advanced Academy program focus on the established leader, that provide essential skills for those continuing their leadership journey.

Case for Funding/Attending

The Chair Academy's Leadership Development Programs are the “must-attend” opportunity for emerging leaders! We understand budgets for professional development can be tight, and it might be difficult to get the funding you need to attend trainings and events that equip you with best practices, new skills, and relevant strategies.  All of these resources are valuable and necessary for building leadership you are more effective in your role and with your responsibilities.

Let us help you make a case for funding.

Simply download this word document and customize it for your institution. Then, forward to your supervisor, district leader, or President.

What our Participants are Saying

Conference/Academy Programs

We asked for your feedback.
Here is what you said.


Best professional development experience I have ever been a part of. I fell in love with my job again.

Program Director Victoria Polytechnic, Melbourne, Australia

The depth and breadth of the [Chair Academy’s] Advance Program greatly exceeded my expectations. It was by far the best leadership development program I’ve ever attended.

Department Chair Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona

I had a chance to attend the Foundation Program several years ago. While I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Advance Program, it helped rekindle my interest in being the leader I know I can be.

Program Director Suffolk County Community College, Suffolk, New York

I recently sponsored 60 employees from our college system to attend the Foundation Academy ~ Deans, Mangers, Directors, VP’s, and Instructors.  What I have noticed, and heard, is the confidence, belief and ability they now have to initiate and effect change.  They have learned to trust they leadership capacity as ‘change agents’ and now feel like they are part of the process.

Vice-President and COO College of the North Atlantic, St. Johns, Newfoundland

I have been to workshops and left wondering what I really learned, as if to check off a box for my organization.  The Chair Academy Foundation Academy was not like that.  I feel energized and inspired.  I have found my voice and feel better prepared with relevant and practical best practices.

Program Director Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve . . . never had the benefit of any formal leadership training. The Advance Program came along just at the right time to allow me to
find and refine my leadership voice . . . I only wish I’d discovered it 10 years ago.

Vice-President Chippewa Valley Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

The best leadership program I have experienced in 20 years. I feel empowered and will aspire to the ideals of good leadership practices. This understanding of authentic and transformative leadership makes for better followers.”

DeanBritish Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I have to start by saying that in the past year I feel like I got my life back.  I have had a number of epiphanies, which is good because it makes me feel like I am actually learning and growing. I have very much enjoyed the mentorship portion of this program, as it has been extremely valuable in my professional development.”  .

Associate Dean British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Upcoming Foundation and Advanced Academies

Click on the links below to go to the class page


Ontario 2019-2020

Foundation Program
Part 1: October 21-25, 2019
Oshawa, ON, Canada

Learn More

Ontario 2019-2020

Advanced Program
Part 1: October 23-25, 2019
Oshawa, ON, Canada

Learn More

Australia 2019 -2020

Foundation Program
Part 1: October 28 - November 1, 2019
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Arizona 2020-2021

Foundation Program
Part 1: January 27-31, 2020
Phoenix, AZ

Coming Soon

Alberta 2020-2021

Foundation Program
Part 1: June (TBD) 2020
Banff, AB

Coming Soon

WLDI 2020-2021

Foundation Program
Part 1: June 1-5, 2020
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Coming Soon

Maryland 2020-2021

Foundation Program
Hosted by Prince George
Community College

Part 1: June 15-19, 2020
Largo, MD

Coming Soon