SoACE LEAD Program

The SoACE Leadership Development Committee is pleased to continue the 4th offering of the LEAD Program! This cohort-based program has been designed for SoACE members preparing for broader contributions, career advancement, and deeper engagement within SoACE.

Areas of broad exposure will include:

  • Administration: Advocacy, Aligning Resources & Leading within a Dynamic Context
  • Career Advising & Counseling: Promising Practices across Diverse Identities and Intersections
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Career Services contributing to Social Mobility
  • Employer & External Relations: Co-creating Sustainable Partnerships
  • Experiential Learning: Designing High-Impact Practices across Campus and in the Community

2024 Application

Application Deadline - Friday, August 9th

Applicants must be current members of SoACE and have the support of their direct supervisor. All applications must include supervisor's acknowledgment indicating that your organization will endorse your participation in this program. Please be prepared to answer all questions. This application must be fully completed and signed before review by the selection committee.

If your application is approved, the fee for the program is $500.00, inclusive of all program fees and materials.




You will need to have all the responses prepared when completing the application. There is not an option to save and continue your work. You will also need your supervisor to complete a brief endorsement of your application into the program.

  1. Contact Information
  2. Briefly describe your responsibilities in your current role/position (600 words maximum)
  3. Write a statement of purpose which includes why you want to be a member of the SoACE LEAD cohort, what you expect to receive from SoACE LEAD, and what you expect to contribute to SoACE and/or to the Career Services profession.
  4. In your opinion, what are the three most pressing challenges facing Career Services professionals today? What recommendations would you suggest meeting these challenges?
  5. Discuss the qualities or characteristics of a good leader. What personal qualities do you possess that would make you a good leader?
  6. What is your current level of participation with SoACE and how might the completion of this program help you better connect with the organization?


Participation involves monthly sessions delivered virtually requiring 90 minutes of active engagement with a video conferencing/learning platform system. These monthly sessions will begin in August and conclude in May of the following year. The meetings will be held on the following dates from 9:00 am – 10:30 am CST.

  • August 29
  • September 26
  • October 31
  • November 21
  • December 8 – Meet Up at SoACE Annual Conference (not required)
  • January 30
  • February 27
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 29 (Graduation)

Participation involves interacting professionally with invited faculty presenters, SoACE leadership, and members of the SoACE LEAD Fellows cohort. To provide an optimal learning environment, participants will be expected to reflect monthly sessions (and other SoACE LEAD activities) on their work/personal calendars to limit interruptions, review required readings in advance of sessions, and to engage in conversation with respect and professionalism.

While not a requirement, attending the SoACE Annual Conference for program delivery and cohort activities is strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact the SoACE Office - [email protected].


Thank you 2023 - 2024 Annual Association Sponsors!