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Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)

Applications are being accepted for the EOA ELI 2018 cohort. All applications must be completed online in their entirety to be eligible for selection. The deadline is July 31, 2017. 

NOTE: A participant fee of $100.00 has been established for the 2018 cohort. The participant fee will be due, in full, 30 days following the notification of selection. This fee will be paid by the ELI participant. Some chapters may offer to pay this fee, please check with your chapter for details.

All individuals will be informed of their application status no later than August 16, 2017Please contact the EOA Professional Development committee at with questions.

2017-18 ELI Info & Program

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ELI Alumni Survey 


The Emerging Leaders Institute is an innovative program that was designed by EOA leaders who recognized the need to strengthen the association by developing potential leaders. Initiated in 1989 by Dr. Celerstine Johnson, 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 that is designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within the association. The program's design combines professional development, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences that prepare participants for greater involvement in EOA and their respective state chapters.


                                          WHY ELI? - Video         List of ELI Alumni & Trainers                          


Components of the ELI Training Experience:

  • Leadership Styles

  • Team Building

  • Time and Project Management

  • Parliamentary Procedures

  • EOA Constitution and History

  • EOA Board Operations

  • EOA Foundation

  • Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) History

  • Advocacy Efforts

For questions regarding ELI, contact the EOA Professional Development

Committee (       

ELI Class of 2017

ELI Class of 2017

ELI Class of 2015
 ELI 2014

ELI Class of 2014

ELI Class of 2013
 2009 ELIs

ELI Class of 2009



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