2016 Washington Leadership Academy Highlights

September 17-20, 2016

HOSA–Future Health Professionals’ 10th Annual Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders the importance of leadership, service and engagement. The four-day experience located in the nation’s capital, provided opportunities for leadership development, to see historic Washington, D.C. and to spend a day on Capitol Hill meeting with Congressional Representatives. Washington Leadership Academy also included a day of health industry tours at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness (ASPR), Marian Koshland Science Museum, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and U.S. Army Fort Belvoir.  Throughout WLA, HOSA members also had the opportunity to learn from various keynote speakers. 

WLA Speakers included:

Mark Burley, Director of Leadership for HOSA-Future Health Professionals, set the stage for WLA at the Opening Session on Saturday by encouraging HOSA leaders to get outside of their comfort zone and to make the most of their time in Washington, DC.

Mark Burley’s Keynote address can be view here.

HOSA was pleased to welcome Don Boyce, Office of Emergency Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Science, at the 10th Annual Washington Leadership Academy. Mr. Boyce shared his personal story in the fields of emergency management and public health with state and local leaders, advisors and guests. Mr. Boyce inspired HOSA members to always follow their dreams even in the face of obstacles.

Don Boyce’s keynote address can be viewed here.

The closing speaker, Pierre Quinn, is passionate about helping others live, learn and lead with confidence.  Pierre has served as a college professor and is the author of Leading While Green: How Emerging Leaders Can Ripen into Effective Leaders.  Pierre encouraged HOSA members to take the insights gained at WLA and use them to become better future health professionals.

Pierre Quinn’s keynote address can be viewed here.

The Arlington National Cemetery is always a highlight of the Washington Leadership Academy.  The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to function as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces.  The gift of flowers at a memorial site is a ritual that occurs around the world, understood in every culture. The floral tributes at funerals bespeak both the beauty and the brevity of life and evoke memories of other days.  HOSA-Future Health Professionals is honored to be chosen to pay formal respects to the sacrifice of America’s veterans in foreign wars by placing a wreath before the Tomb.  Priya Rathakrishnan, National HOSA President-Elect, and Kahlil Tubbs, Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President, represented HOSA at the formal ceremony.

This year’s WLA provided HOSA leaders the opportunity to network and bolster HOSA connections across and within states all over the country. Through a dynamic leadership series led by the 2016-17 National Executive Council, HOSA leaders were equipped with the tools they need to lead and advocate in all levels of HOSA. 

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