Healthcare Leadership Academy

The purpose of Healthcare Leadership Academy is to provide students with exposure to careers in the field of health care management, while providing opportunities to enhance the development of leadership skills and begin to build professional networks.

Students must have at least a 2.0 overall GPA to be considered for membership. If you meet this requirement and wish to join, please print, complete and submit this application to Linthicum Hall, room 101. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wendy Whitner at

Educational Events

The Value of Mentoring and Professional Networking

In today’s changing healthcare environment, early careerists need skills and strategies to position themselves for the future. Data has shown that mentoring is an effective way to offer guidance and support for healthcare executives who are entering the field or who are seeking career advancement. A mentoring relationship provides a safe environment in which those with less experience may learn from experienced executives. This session will explore the value of mentoring relationships and the development of professional networks. Participants will learn how to prepare for a mentoring relationship and how to seek out a mentor, as well as learn a process to begin networking for career development.

The Benefits of Professional Organizations

This session focuses on the importance of membership in professional organizations. It will explore various opportunities available through professional membership, as well as student membership status in four common professional organizations. The session will also explore opportunities for further student involvement through local chapters and activities. The session will begin with brief opening remarks by the moderator, followed by 10-15 minute presentations by each of the panelists. The program will conclude with a 30 minute question-and-answer period.

Participants will learn the value of professional organization membership as well as opportunities available for student involvement.

Background and Additional Readings

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