Administrative Professionals Academy (APA)

Administrative Professionals Academy (APA)

The Administrative Professionals Academy (APA) is a leadership development program created especially for administrative staff. APA helps administrative professionals grow personally and professionally. Participants increase their skill levels through learning directly from community leaders as well as completing individual projects and group activities. Students reap great benefits by networking with other professionals from government, university, and business settings. All courses and projects are designed to assist participants in identifying and cultivating their own leadership style. This is achieved within the context of the Naifeh Center’s core values of integrity, relationships, innovation, service, and excellence.
The Administrative Professionals Academy consists of eight sessions across a 12-month period. Each session includes a full-day of instruction and interaction. Additionally, participants complete online instruction and project-based learning outside of the APA sessions. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony where participants receive a certificate of completion.

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What Topics are Covered?

Vision and Purpose
Managing Time
Customer Service
Dealing Tactfully with Difficult People & Situations
Practicing Effective Communication
Understanding Others
Conflict Management
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
Understanding Generational Differences
Public Speaking
Influencing and Managing Up

How Do Participants Benefit?

Targeted leadership development training
Increased understanding of personal leadership styles/strengths
Professional networking opportunities
Exposure to community leaders
Strengthen professional skills
Enhanced leadership knowledge and capacity

Are you Interested?

Apply for the 2022 Nashville Cohort via the application below.

“The APA has provided me an opportunity to focus on self-awareness, identify my strengths and growth opportunities, discover what I value and expect from leadership, and realize how effective implementing those same values from my position can be, all while networking with my peers….” – 2019 APA participant

What does the Program Cost? 

The total cost per participant for the 2022 Nashville cohort is $1,965.  This cost is inclusive of all program materials, individual leadership assessment tools, online training modules, activities and meals.

When Do Classes Begin?

A Nashville-based cohort is slated to begin in 2022. If you are interested in participating in the 2022 cohort, please contact Tanya Washington at or (615) 415-4615.
The proposed schedule for the 2022 cohort is:

March 22, 2022
April 26, 2022
May 24, 2022
June 28, 2022
July 26, 2022
August 23, 2022
September 27, 2022
October 25, 2022