IAAP Foundations

We lead up. Whether you’re new to IAAP or not, you’ve probably heard the phrase.
As true as it is, it still takes practice.

Foundations of Leadership is a one-of-a-kind leadership experience specifically designed for the unique role of the administrative professional. Alongside a small community of your peers, you’ll explore skills and mindsets to fully embrace the “we lead up” mantra. With experiences such as instruction from faculty, shared learning with small cohorts, mentoring from Academy alumni, and game-changing personal coaching, you’ll develop a leadership mindset that will help you lead up – and beyond.


Small cohorts for personalized and customized learning opportunities
2 1/2 days of a highly engaging, transformational in-person learning experience
17 weeks of virtual learning and collaboration, exclusive curriculum targeted to administrative professionals, and interactive live learning segments
Two one-on-one, hour-long coaching calls with Foundations of Leadership faculty (each a $250 retail value)
Monthly small group mentoring sessions with prior graduates of the Academy program
360 Feedback Survey
Program materials, including a participant workbook, additional materials, assessments, assignments, and group projects for experiential and engaging learning (Completion of all assignments is a requirement for graduation)
Graduates become part of the IAAP Academy Alumni community for continued connection and engagement after the program concludes
40 CAP Recertification Points for IAAP CAP designees

In-Person Location Details

Foundations of Leadership 2022 will launch in-person February 21-23, 2022. Following the in-person experience, you’ll continue your journey with your cohort virtually for the remaining 17 weeks of the program.

The in-person launch is at the beautiful San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on idyllic Galveston Island, Texas. Situated right on the beach, the hotel features 10 mouth-watering restaurants, a gorgeous pool and deck, and private beach-view balconies in every sleeping room.

5222 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston, Texas is a 40-minute drive from the San Luis and is the closest airport.

Enjoying Galveston When Not In Session

Galveston provides plenty of things to do while you aren’t in session. Learn more about where to eat, what to see, and where to visit on the Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


  • Assess the way you show up to others & learn how that translates into your personal brand
  • Develop an intentional personal brand that supports your professional goals and career success
  • Learn to cultivate your brand over time to advance your perceived value & achieve your goals
  • Enroll colleagues in helping you shape & strengthen your personal brand
  • Identify approaches to thinking more critically
  • Overcome obstacles to critical thinking
  • Integrate critical thinking approaches to minimize impulsive responses and improve strategic alignment
  • Effective decision-making
  • Discuss emotional intelligence, and its role in personal, professional and organizational success
  • Recognizing emotion in face-to-face and virtual interactions
  • Identify emotions in face-to-face and virtual communications
  • Enhance your emotional intelligence
  • Integrate emotionally intelligent strategies to improve personal and professional relationships
  • Personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses to better manage career success
  • Create feedback mechanisms to evaluate progress toward self-improvement/development
  • Develop your strengths and learn how to work with your weaknesses, in order to achieve both personal and professional goals and objectives
  • Identify and practice the skills that affect your ability to “presence” and connect with others effectively
  • Explore Standing and Social Capital, the criteria and currency that shapes your interpersonal influence
  • Build and practice your situational awareness skills and learn how that shapes how others perceive and receive your efforts to communicate, influence and lead
  • Discuss the importance of effective communication in building constructive partnerships and improving performance
  • Identify your unique communication style and understand how to adapt to other styles as needed
  • Detect the components of effective communication and practice making complete requests
  • Consider the impact of nonverbal cues, body language and different forms of media on effective communication
  • Demonstrate the difference between hearing and listening, and practice strategies to improve active listening
  • Learn and examine the elements that comprise trust and transparency
  • Identify how your behaviors and choices increase or decrease trust and learn strategies for mending trust when necessary
  • Negotiation and Crucial Conversations
  • Explore behaviors that characterize successful negotiators and why it matters
  • Recognize and classify what sets crucial conversations apart from routine interactions and why it matters to handle them with thoughtfulness, skill and care
  • Practice putting all of the pieces of emotional/social intelligence, critical thinking, decision making, communication, trust, and negotiation together in order to successfully engage in crucial conversations that produce positive outcomes for all
  • Get personalized support from certified coaches and IAAP peer mentors in clarifying and articulating your personal vision and action plan for elevating your excellence at work, and designing a more intentional and personally rewarding life

In-Person Details

February 20, 2022

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Onsite check-in

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Connections & Cocktails Networking Event

February 21-22, 2022

8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. – All-day education (Breakfast & lunch included in registration)

February 23, 2022

8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – All morning education (Breakfast included in registration)

Corporate Group Discounts are available!

Learn from amazing faculty Francisco Gonima and Sherry Yellin.


Early bird (Register before November 30, 2021):

Member – $1,599
Non-Member – $1,899

Regular rate after November 30, 2021:

Member – $1,749
Non-Member – $2,049