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Do you long for more in your professional life? Do you have a desire to lead, influence and engage those around you? Are you looking to strengthen your individual skillsets to mold you into the leader you've always wanted to be? If you answered YES to any, or all of these questions, L.I.F.E. is for YOU! 

The OPTA is proud to introduce the L.I.F.E Series Leadership Academy, your path to success through Leadership, Innovation, InFluence and Engagement. This progressive educational program was designed to refine and strengthen individual skillsets in those four core unit areas. We believe investing in the leadership development of the individual physical therapist and physical therapist assistant produces a wide-range of benefits: it advances the profession and the organization and positively impacts the consumer. 

The L.I.F.E Series Leadership Academy is an expansive and interactive one-year program that delivers learning through cohort meetings and discussions, recommended book club assignments, webinars and networking events. Participants will gain a better understanding of themselves through comprehensive personality and behavior self-assessment exercises, and apply that knowledge to improve working relationships, resolve conflict and enrich communication skills in both personal and professional environments. Upon graduating from the L.I.F.E Series Leadership Academy, graduates will use their elevated personal presence to achieve transformative change through enhanced strategic vision and purpose.

Now the question is, are you ready to live your #BestLIFE? 

Yes? That's great to hear!

Here's What You Need to Know:

  • Participants must be OPTA members in good standing throughout the program*
  • Applications available beginning June 15, 2019 - applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-2020 program
  • Applications due August 1, 2019 applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-2020 program
  • Program open to 50 participants - Don't wait to sign up!
  • Program cost $349 - less than a dollar a day!
  • All participants must be licensed before September 1, 2019
  • Refunds for the program will not be given after September 28, 2019

*A lapse in dues will result in participant dismissal from program without refund.

Programming & Timeline: 

August 1, 2019 | Applications due

August 15, 2019 | Final Decisions by Committee

September 28, 2019 | Kick off program: How to Live Your Best L.I.F.E. (Leadership Development Conference, Columbus)

October 2019 | Book club kick off selection/APTA recommended book list

October 26, 2019 | Full day in-person workshop (Columbus)

December 2019 | District cohort - Core Unit: Leadership

January 2020 | Webinar #1: InFluence

February 2020 | District cohort - Core Unit: InFluence

March 2020 | Book club selection/APTA recommended book list

April 2020 | OPTA Annual Conference - special programming & pricing for program participants*

May 2020 | Webinar #2: Innovation

June 2020 | District cohort - Core Unit: Innovation

July 2020 | Book club selection/APTA recommended book + special project 

August 2020 | District cohort - Core Unit: Engagement

September 2020 | L.I.F.E Series Graduation (YOU DID IT!) + Kick-off Year Two

*Attendance optional

Projected CEUs: 

22 Continuing Education Units have been projected for this series. The final/actual number will be published upon approval.

Our Team: 

OPTA is proud to work with consultant Amy Lafko, MSPT, MBA who founded Cairn Consulting Solutions with the knowledge that leadership skills can be developed. While the chair of the LAMP Institute for Leadership, Amy brings different elements to her client work.  For example, this program will provide in-depth assessment tools to examine your natural behavioral tendencies and current level of emotional intelligence. Utilizing these tools is the foundation of the program's exploration of L.I.F.E. skills.  

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2019-2020 Academy are no longer being accepted. If you have any questions about the Academy or programming, email 


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