APHL's 11th Emerging Leader Cohort

APHL is accepting applications for Cohort 11 of the Emerging Leader Program (ELP) from May 10, 2018 through June 15, 2018. Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2018 for consideration.   
Please review the following information before applying:

Apply Online

A completed application includes (1) a candidate form and (2) a nomination form completed by the applicant's laboratory director. To start an application, submit your candidate form online first. Within 3-5 business days your laboratory director will receive an email prompt to complete the nomination form. You will receive a final confirmation once both forms are complete.

For questions about the program, including eligibility, selection process and other details, contact ELP manager Kajari Shah at kajari.shah@aphl.org.

Developing Future Laboratory Leaders

The complex issues involved in leading a state or local laboratory can challenge even the most skilled of today’s laboratorians. In addition to being subject matter experts in laboratory science, they must also be able to manage a budget, motivate staff, advocate for funding, build relationships with external partners and understand legislative processes. The ELP provides laboratory professionals with opportunities to acquire these skills, preparing them to advance into managerial and supervisory positions.

What is the Emerging Leader Program?

The ELP is a 12-month leadership development program for laboratory professionals. Each year six to ten individuals are selected to form a cohort class. The cohort participates in skill development workshops, networking opportunities, leadership exercises and project development.

Is the Emerging Leader Program right for you?

Being an “emerging leader” has nothing to do with age or job grade. You may be an emerging leader without even knowing it, missing out on opportunities to fully liberate the leader within. If you meet any one of these 10 requirements, then you already are or could easily be seen as an emerging leader. Talk to your laboratory director today about nomination.


“When you get a PhD, they don’t teach you how to manage things. There is not a program out there to train someone at the bench level and give them the skills and knowledge base they need to become a laboratory director. The ELP is filling this gap.”  Grace Kubin, PhD, laboratory director, Texas Department of State Health Services

“The training I’ve received has launched my career and made me a better leader. I’m able to take the skills I’ve learned and apply them. My career would have been different had I not participated.” Pam Mollenhauer, Governmental Relations officer, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa