Get on the Fast Track to Advanced Leadership! Apply to Become a 2022 ACB/JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellow
by Kenneth Semien Sr.
Are you an ACB member who has been active in the organization on the local and/or state level and have a desire to learn more and explore opportunities associated with the national level?
Are you an ACB member who has served previously, attended a previous ACB convention and wishes to re-energize, learn more, expand your horizons with greater involvement in the organization, while strengthening ACB with your skills and abilities? Answering yes to either of the above questions makes you a candidate for this award. Read below to confirm your eligibility and necessary commitment to become a member of the 2022 Class of ACB/JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows!
For the seventh consecutive year, JPMorgan Chase will make it possible for 5 ACB members to attend and participate in the 61st annual ACB convention, provided that they have demonstrated leadership potential by sharing their abilities within the organization. This year’s recipients will enjoy gathering with several classes of Leadership Fellows and other leaders from around the country as we meet in Omaha, Neb. from July 1-8, 2022. As a Leadership Fellow, you will be introduced to tools for success through participation in informative workshops, seminars and leadership development sessions that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, and your state or special-interest affiliate.
To be a qualified applicant, you must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Blind or visually impaired
- An ACB member in good standing (current on membership dues)
Eligible applicants must be endorsed by the president of their state or special-interest affiliate. Applicants are encouraged to be sure that they meet the award criteria before requesting that their affiliate president write and submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf. Those considering this award should refrain from asking their chapter president to write a letter. The application process for this award consists of the submission of two letters and participating in an interview with a team of DKM committee members. Your letter of application should include your full name, physical address, email address containing your name, along with a home and cell number. Then introduce yourself to the committee by including objectives in applying for the leadership award; a brief summary of your education and relevant experience; number of years of membership in ACB, as well as previous conventions attended, if any; description of one’s role as a leader; and examples of what you bring to ACB. The affiliate president’s letter of recommendation should address the applicant’s contributions to the affiliate, ACB and community organizations, and describe the applicant’s demonstrated leadership skills and leadership potential. Interviews will be scheduled for mid-April.
Recipients will be honored by receiving funding for round-trip air travel and supporting transportation, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), per diem allowance for meals and incidentals, leadership institute, reception, banquet tickets, the general convention registration fee, and other activities determined by the committee and ACB’s executive director. Optional tours and other fun activities are not covered by the program. Recipients are expected to attend the convention from Friday, July 1 through Friday, July 8, and to participate actively in all designated convention activities, including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.
Send application documents to Sharon Lovering in the ACB national office, [email protected]. In the subject line, put “JPMC Leadership Fellows.” Deadline for receipt is April 5th. Selected awardees will be notified during the latter part of April. If you have questions, contact Kenneth Semien Sr., [email protected], or by phone, (409) 866-5838.