Leadership programs

Emerging Leaders

This prestigious and interactive six-month program is designed to identify, engage, and mentor up to 20 AAN members who are less than 10 years out of residency or training; are committed to professional, community, and society leadership; and are looking to develop and grow their leadership skills and apply them to long-term AAN involvement.

Emerging Leaders has been the single most impactful experience of my professional life. My work with the AAN is incredibly rewarding, pairs me with amazing people, and actually helps prevent burnout. None of this would have been possible without Emerging Leaders!

 Jeffrey C. McClean II, MD, FAAN

2013 Emerging Leaders Program Participant 

Applications will be accepted from April 1 - June 4 of 2018. Interested in receiving a reminder about application availability? 

Subscribe now.


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a North American AAN member neurologist less than 10 years out of residency
  • Have demonstrated effective leadership skills and be interested in future roles of responsibility within the AAN and the field of neurology

Program Overview

Through the program you will:

  • Explore your leadership identity and set a course for your long-term growth as a leader
  • Network with and learn from your colleagues who will serve as a sounding board for your ideas and leadership development
  • Improve your communication skills as a leader by understanding yours and other's styles
  • Develop strategies to engage others to achieve professional and team goals
  • Take part in individual and/or group monthly coaching conference calls with a mentor or leadership consultant
  • Develop specific skills to increase your leadership effectiveness

Key Program Dates

Attend mandatory leadership workshops (all expenses paid):

  • October of 2018 in conjunction with the Fall Conference in Las Vegas
  • May of 2019 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

Time Commitment

Participants are required to attend all leadership retreats, coaching calls, and small group calls. The AAN covers all program-related expenses for the selected participants.


The program includes customized mentoring opportunities, communication style assessments and a follow-up one-on-one coaching session, a group leadership project, two to three phone calls per month, and two face-to-face retreats.


Explore, plan, and execute an in-depth AAN committee-assigned group leadership project, with feedback and coaching from a mentor and small group.


Participants will be matched with a mentor who is a current AAN leader.


Application Requirements

AAN members interested in participating in the program should submit the following documents in PDF format as part of the application process: 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photo
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of interest

Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed any of the following AAN Leadership Programs: Transforming Leaders Program, Women Leading in Neurology, and Practice Leadership Program.


The Emerging Leaders Program is supported in part by grants from Allergan, Inc., Lilly, Lundbeck LLC, Sanofi Genzyme, and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between ELF and ELP?

A: This program is similar to the very successful Emerging Leaders Forum, but will be revamped to allow broader participation (16) and more specific focus on the early career neurologist (less than 10 years out of residency training).

Q: Do I qualify for ELP or TLP?

A: If you are less than 10 years out of residency training you qualify for ELP. If you are more than 10 years out of residency training you qualify for TLP.

Q: Do I get a mentor?

A: Yes, ELP participants are paired up with an AAN-approved leadership mentor.

Q: What are the applications graded on?

A: The application criteria is set by the Career Leadership Subcommittee and can be found in the Application Requirements section of the webpage.

Q: Does this program have a personal project?

A: ELP does not have a personal project component. However, chairs of AAN Committees will assign a group project to be worked on for the duration of the program.

Q: What if I cannot make one of the in-person meetings?

A: All in-person meetings are mandatory to attend so participants would need to make scheduling adjustments or apply next year. No deferments will be allowed.


For additional information, please contact Bonnie Sova, Senior Administrator, Leadership Programs, at (612) 928-6164.