by Kenneth Semien Sr.
Do you meet the qualifications of the ACB & JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows Program? If so, the leadership spotlight is shining in your direction. Read below to confirm your eligibility and necessary commitment to become a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Fellows! For the fourth consecutive year, JPMorgan Chase will provide full access to the ACB conference and convention for 5 ACB members who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Get connected with previous classes of Leadership Fellows who have taken advantage of this enlightening experience while meeting other members and active leaders from around the country. By attending the 58th annual convention in Rochester, N.Y., as a Leadership Fellow, you will be introduced to tools for success through participation in informative workshops, seminars and leadership development sessions that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, and your state or special-interest affiliate.
To be a qualified applicant, you are required to meet specific criteria, including but not limited to the following three elements:
- 18 years of age or older;
- Blind or visually impaired; and
- An ACB member in good standing.
Eligible applicants must be endorsed by the president of their state or special-interest affiliate.
The application process for this award also consists of submitting two letters and participating in a telephone interview with a team of DKM committee members. Your letter must include the objectives in applying for the leadership award; a brief summary of your education and relevant experience; number of years of membership in ACB, as well as previous conventions attended, if any; description of one’s role as a leader; and examples of what you bring to ACB. Be sure to include your full name, physical address, telephone number where you can be reached, and your primary email address. The affiliate president’s letter of recommendation should address the applicant’s contributions to the affiliate, ACB and community organizations; and describe the applicant’s demonstrated leadership skills and leadership potential. Thirty-minute telephone interviews will be scheduled for mid-April.
All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets. Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, July 6th, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 11th, and to participate actively in all designated convention activities, including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.
Send application documents to Kelly Gasque in the ACB national office, [email protected]. Deadline for receipt is April 3rd. Don’t be late – apply today! Selected awardees will be notified during the latter part of April. If you have questions regarding the application process and required documentation, contact DKM chair Kenneth Semien Sr., [email protected]. Further details will be shared once your application has been received.