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Congratulations to Our 2020 Graduates!


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? 

2020-2021 Programming & Timeline: (updated 9/27/2020)

August 1, 2020 | Applications Due

August 14, 2020 | Final Decisions by Committee + Notification

September 26, 2020 | Fall Kick Off with DISC Profiles + Class of 2020 Graduation (8 am to Noon)

October 14, 2020 | Emotional Quotient (EQ) via Zoom Meeting (6:30 to 8 PM)

November 2020 | Cohort Meeting Book Club: 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader (John C. Maxwell) (Cohorts to set time)

December 2020 | Off

January 13, 2021 | InFluencevia Zoom Meeting (6:30 to 8 PM)

February 2021 | Cohort Meeting Book Club: Getting to "Yes and": The Art of Business Improvisation (Bob Kulhan)  (Cohorts to set time)

March 10, 2021| Innovation via Zoom Meeting (6:30 to 8 PM)

April 23-24, 2021 | *OPTA Annual Conference | DISC + EQ

May 2021 | Cohort Meeting Book Club: Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (Chip Heath) (Cohorts to set time)

June 2021 | TBA

July + August 2021 | Off

September 2021 |Engagement  | Project SharingL.I.F.E Series Graduation (YOU DID IT!) + Kick-off Year Three (8 AM to 1 PM)

Special Pricing for L.I.F.E. Series participants; programs optional and not included in CE calculation

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

Here's What You Need to Know:

  • Participants must be OPTA members in good standing throughout the program^
  • Applications due August 1, 2020
  • 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, 2020
  • Refunds for the program will not be given after September 27, 2020

How to Apply:

The cohort for the 2020-2021 L.I.F.E. Series Academy has been selected; applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will be available in July, 2021.

If you have any questions about the Academy or programming, email

Continuing Education Units: 

The 2020-2021 program has been approved for 24.75 CEUs, 20S2163 (does not include OPTA Annual Conference programming).

Our Team: 

OPTA is proud to partner 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.  



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