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The Leadership Academy is a seven-month, five-session training and development program that is structured around national meetings.

Attendance at all sessions is necessary to graduate. Participants who have an unexcused absence for more than a full day of one session will be dropped from the program and encouraged to reapply. Selection for subsequent year’s program cannot be guaranteed. Academy social events are for business networking, so please respect that invitations to Academy functions are intended for participants only, unless otherwise noted or approved.

Download the 2015 Leadership Academy info sheet (PDF) for a summary of sessions and program information.

Session 1: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

New Orleans, Nov. 5, 2014: One full day before the start of the Annual meeting. Introductions and icebreaker activities. Session includes a panel of NAR leadership. Come to understand the NAR’s structure and scope and learn how things get done at the national level.

Session 2: REALTOR® Smith Goes to Washington

Washington, D.C.: January 2015: The Academy will have a half-day overview on how NAR builds relationships with member of Congress and Federal Regulatory agencies to influence policy makers and achieve success.

Session 3: NAR Governance Overview

Webinar, March 26, 2015: Presentation on the governing bodies and reporting structures of NAR featuring everything you’ve always wanted to know about committees, but were afraid to ask.

Session 4: Leading to Face Industry Challenges

Chicago, April 8–9, 2015: Two full days to learn how NAR leads the industry and the association. Academy participants will take part in workshops, meet key NAR staff, and learn of new NAR initiatives.

Session 5: Building a Culture through Ethical Leadership

Washington, D.C., May 11, 2015: The final Academy session will focus on leadership ethics and integrity. The program concludes with graduation and a reception.