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Lead Effectively: AALL Leadership Academy

2018 AALL Leadership Academy

April 13-14, 2018
Hyatt Lodge
Oak Brook, IL

Legal information professionals in the early stages of your career—maximize your leadership potential by attending the 2018 AALL Leadership Academy. Discover how to build your personal leadership style while networking with your peers. The Academy is an intensive learning experience designed to develop essential leadership skills.


The 2018 AALL Leadership Academy will focus on the following areas:

  • Leadership models, concepts and myths
  • Effective and assertive communication techniques
  • Leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategies for difficult conversations
  • Core leadership values
  • Motivational leadership
  • Influence and workplace ethics

View photos from the
2016 AALL Leadership Academy


The application process will open in September.
  •  Open to AALL members only. 
  •  The online application and two professional recommendations are required. 
Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, at 312/205-8032 or csmith@aall.org for more information.


I rated the Leadership Academy very highly. I found the academy to be a very interesting and rewarding experience. I haven’t made any major changes yet, but I see a clearer path forward in my career after attending. Thanks so much for organizing it.
Benjamin Keele
Research and Instructional Services Librarian
Ruth Lilly Law Library
2016 Fellow
The trainers at the Leadership Academy provided valuable advice that had a profound influence on my growth and effectiveness as a leader. Through thoughtful and stimulating dialogue with other fellows, I gained a great deal of insight about how others think and communicate, how I communicate, and how my words and actions are perceived by others. After spending the weekend together, working through issues, learning about ourselves and others, and laughing a lot, I left the Leadership Academy with a strong network of colleagues from across the country with similar interests and goals. I love to see their names come through my inbox as either direct communication with me, or more often as leaders in the organization. 
Patrick Butler
Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian
University of Connecticut School of Law Library
2014 Fellow
The Leadership Academy helped me reflect on my leadership abilities in a way that I would not have had the skills or knowledge to do on my own. 
Emily Gelling
Research Specialist
Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, S.C.
2014 Fellow