Vickie Moody Leadership Academy: 

The LeadingAge South Carolina Vickie Moody Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to develop statewide aging services leaders. The program provides a challenging and engaging learning environment that enhances the leadership capacity of aging services professionals, so they are better equipped to serve our field.


To cultivate a generation of authentic, servant leaders who are prepared to serve their own organizations and the field of aging services in an innovative and collaborative fashion.

Our Core Themes

  • Leadership and Self Reflection – to explore personal values and self-reflective leadership 
  • Advocacy – to understand the importance of relationships and trust in advocacy and community building.
  • Partnerships and Collaborations – to appreciate the power of partnerships and learn best practices from other organizations.
  • Innovation and Change – to explore our potential as change agents and understand how innovation works;
  • Work-Life Integration – to reflect on our values, beliefs and philosophy and to appreciate the value of presence and being in the moment.

Program Curriculum

The Leadership Academy curriculum draws on adult learning theory to delve into the core principles of transformational leadership, person-centered care and innovation. The program emphasizes self- awareness and relationship building through a variety of education methodologies. Traditional and experiential learning methods are used to create an environment in which Fellows learn from their own experiences, from one another, from the coaches and design team, and from leaders and experts in the field. Member Site Visits Selected site visits are designed to expose Fellows to innovative organizations across the aging services continuum and the visionary leaders who enable transformation. Hearing about these organizations and the contributions of staff (at all levels) responsible for creating unique care environments and programs allows Fellows to gain a deeper understanding about the aging services field while witnessing the traits of impactful leaders. Leaders in Residence Fellows interact with aging services leaders and other field experts, engaging in intimate dialogue about influencing change and promoting innovation in their organizations and communities.


The program is available to anyone who works for a LeadingAge South Carolina member community irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Leadership potential within one’s organization is far more important than specific job title. We encourage the identification and application of staff that are emerging leaders within member communities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE January 2, 2025. For Assistance, please contact Kassie South [email protected]

  • MEETING SCHEDULE:  March 23-26 Myrtle Beach, SC; Fall and Winter meeting and Graduation at the 2026 South Carolina Annual Meeting

Program Requirements

The program’s interactive nature demands a high level of participation and requires that Fellows complete all projects, assignments and readings as well as attend all program-related meetings, site visits, sessions and conference calls. In the event that a Fellow no longer meets the program’s eligibility criteria, including being employed by a supporting LeadingAge South Carolina member organization, his/her continued involvement in the Leadership Academy is subject to review and should be brought to the attention of LeadingAge SC staff.

Financial Commitment

Upon acceptance, a $1500.00 tuition payment (non-refundable and non-transferable) is required from each LeadingAge South Carolina Fellow organization. If an organization has more than one Fellow accepted, payment must be received for both tuitions at the time of acceptance. Tuition includes meeting materials and meals provided during sessions. Lodging and travel expenses will be incurred by the member community, as well as conference registration.

Application Process

This program is only available to individuals employed with a LeadingAge South Carolina member community. If a Fellow’s employment status changes or if he or she fails to meet any of the program’s eligibility criteria, continued participation in the Leadership Academy is subject to review by LeadingAge South Carolina.

Please submit your completed application and Letter of Commitment by January 2, 2025 to [email protected]

Application Checklist:

  • Personal information
  • Resume/Biography
  • Leadership Essay
  • Letter of Reference
  • Letter of Commitment - must be signed by the President, CEO, Executive Director, or Administrator (where appropriate) of the applicant’s organization.

If the applicant is the highest-ranking executive officer, the organization’s Board Chair should sign the Letter of Commitment.

Download the Application