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2019 Emerging Leaders Program

November 3 - 5, 2019

AC Hotel National Harbor

The 2018 Class for AATB's Emerging Leaders Program

Congratulations to the graduates of the third annual Emerging Leaders Program! 

About the Emerging Leaders Program

The intent of the AATB Emerging Leaders Program is to prepare high-potential leaders from all segments of the tissue banking community to embrace increasing levels of responsibility and handle both challenges and opportunities inherent in future roles within the industry.

Throughout the course of the program, participants will be both inspired and challenged by engaging thought leaders to:

  • Identify their personal leadership strengths, limitations, and areas for growth;
  • Discuss "lessons learned" with Coaches who are leaders in the tissue banking profession; and
  • Build valuable relationships with peers.

Ideal candidates are high-performing employees with supervisory responsibility who are ready to take the next step in their careers.

Program Pricing

Registration Fee Sleeping Room Rate
$895 $199

2017 Emerging Leaders Program Highlights

The AATB is helping future tissue banking leaders prepare to take their seats at the table. On Oct. 29–31, the AATB hosted 24 participants at its second annual Emerging Leaders Program in Alexandria, Virginia. The program aims to cultivate a cohort of developing leaders from all segments of the tissue banking community — nominated by their supervisor. These high achievers learn how to handle increasing levels of responsibility, along with the challenges and opportunities inherent in professional leadership roles.

During the program, participants were inspired and challenged by engaging thought leaders to:

  • Identify personal leadership strengths, limitations, and areas for growth.
  • Discuss lessons learned with coaches who are leaders in the tissue banking profession.
  • Build valuable relationships with peers.

Participants engaged in hands-on coaching sessions with leaders and members of the AATB Board of Governors as well as panels, trainings, small work groups, and networking opportunities. The goal of the program is to give attendees a solid understanding of how their specific leadership and industry skills fit into their current and future tissue banking roles not only at their own organization, but as volunteer leaders with the AATB. The attendees regarded the program favorably overall, with over 94 percent rating the program’s sessions and content as either “excellent” or “good.”

“For me, training and educating my team is the fastest way to move my tissue bank forward. The AATB’s Emerging Leaders Program accelerated the development of four of my teammates, so much so that all four have since been promoted to positions with deeper and broader responsibilities. The program also strengthened participants’ connections to the AATB and among their program’s classmates, which builds a bench of future leaders to take our association forward. This program has met all my expectations.” - Lou Barnes, President and COO of Vivex Biomedical Inc.

One attendee summed up the program as “a really good opportunity not only to meet people in [our] fields, but also to learn from the coaches.” Participants said the coaches’ sessions and networking aspects were especially useful “to build bonds that will help us navigate through our similar issues” and “to apply the acquired tangible tips to [our] work.” Attendees were particularly enthused by the one-on-one time with industry mentors, with 94 percent rating the coaches’ sessions as “excellent” or “good.” One commenter said, “The groups were small, and everyone’s ideas were appreciated and valued by the coaches.”

The impact extends far beyond the three-day program. Participants will bring the skills they learned into their workplaces and share insights with their teams. As one participant said, “I hope to implement at least a couple of the ideas given [at the program] and bring in other team members to participate.”

CEOs and managers with executive responsibilities (MwERs) see the program’s results almost immediately in their organizations.