LLOT Cohort 2​APHL’s Laboratory Leaders of Today Program

United Leaders Shaping the Future of Public Health Laboratories

The Laboratory Leaders of Today (LLOT) Program seeks exceptional talent among new public health laboratory directors and assistant/deputy directors. Its mission is to immerse participants in a dynamic environment that unites public health laboratory leaders, addresses critical operational challenges, fosters leadership development and encourages forward-thinking discourse.

Over the program, participants are active contributors, engaging in interactive sessions designed to provide insights into industry trends and facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas and invaluable experiences. The program prioritizes effective strategies, knowledge, and tools essential for navigating the complexities of their roles. Through this collaborative effort, LLOT aims to foster meaningful and lasting contributions to the broader public health community, laying the groundwork for today and a better future. 

The impact of LLOT extends beyond the program's duration. Graduates maintain connections with members of previous cohorts, fostering continuity and relationships that transcend geographical boundaries. This network not only ensures ongoing support and collaboration but also serves as a platform for continued growth and development. Together we are paving the way towards a stronger and more resilient public health infrastructure.

Explore if the Laboratory Leaders of Today Program is Right for You

If you are a new laboratory director or assistant/deputy director and embrace the following qualities, this program could be a great fit for you:
  • Active pursuit of knowledge and growth
  • Ability to influence and unite others
  • Significant drive to create impact and transformative change
  • Visionary outlook
  • Desire to empower both yourself and others through effective leadership​

​Eligibility Criteria


By the conclusion of the program, participants hone their leadership abilities and strengthened expertise across diverse critical proficiencies, which may encompass: 
  • Innovative model practices through peer-to-peer sharing
  • Mastery of strategic planning
  • Strengthened advocacy and communication skills
  • Skillful leveraging of political influence within laboratories
  • Strategic funding approaches
  • Thorough understanding of CDC resources
  • Initiatives fostering a positive laboratory culture
  • Expansion of partnerships and alliances
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging (DEIAB) and health equity goals
  • Strategic problem-solving to navigate intricate challenges
  • Additional essential skills for public health laboratory directors and assistant/deputy directors​


  • Attend up to three in-person trainings
  • Attend monthly virtual training sessions
  • Complete pre-meeting and post-meeting assignments
  • Participate in the Laboratory Leaders of Today Community of Practice (an online forum)

2023-2024 Timeline 

  • ​November 2023: Virtual Orientation
  • December 2023: Virtual Session, Activities and Assignments
  • January 2024: In-person Session in Atlanta, GA
  • February – April 2024: Virtual Sessions, Activities and Assignments
  • May 2024: In-person Session at APHL Annual Conference in Milwaukee, MN
  • June – August 2024: Virtual Sessions, Activities and Assignments
  • September 2024: Virtual Graduation
  • October 2024: Final LLOT Evaluation

Join a Diverse Network of Laboratory Leaders

Share Ideas and Maximize Your Opportunities

Upon completion of LLOT, the journey doesn’t end there! Stay connected with your fellow directors and assistant/deputy directors from past cohorts, ensuring the LLOT legacy lives on strong. As a LLOT graduate, you’re automatically welcomed into APHL’s Laboratory Leaders of Today Alumni (LLOTA), where you are invited to quarterly calls, engaging webinars, virtual activities, coaching opportunities, and in-person educational and networking events. Additionally, you will remain in the Laboratory Leaders of Today ColLABorate Community, an online forum offering opportunities to engage in discussions with peers and share resources.