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Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)



The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is an innovative program that was designed by EOA leaders who recognized the need to strengthen EOA by developing potential leaders from within the association. Initiated in 1989, the program’s purpose was to identify and prepare EOA members to assume leadership positions at the chapter and regional levels, to help those individuals grow personally and professionally, and to strengthen the association.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a year
long leadership development program. The program’s design combines professional development, networking opportunities, and handson experiences that prepare participants for greater involvement in EOA and in the respective chapters.


Graduates of the ELI Program:

  • Possess a greater understanding of EOA’s history, structure, objectives and procedures.

  • Contribute to the success of their respective chapters and the original association by assuming leadership responsibilities such as holding offices, chairing committees, and serving as mentors for new EOA professionals.
  • Become committed to their professions, the association, and the students they serve.

Professional Development:

The one‐year program involves five, 2‐day training sessions that are held on Fridays and Saturdays in various cities within the EOA region. Two of the five sessions are held in conjunction with the annual EOA conferences. During the training sessions, participants:

  • Network with EOA Professionals

  • Gain a better understanding of the EOA organization.
  • Develop and enhance leadership skills through professional development activities and individual assignments.
  • Complete an ELI class project as charged by the EOA president.

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EOA Foundation

The EOA Foundation provides scholarships and awards to TRIO and educational opportunity program students in the ten-state region served by EOA.


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