2017 Washington Leadership Academy Highlights

Washington, D.C.  ♦ September 16-19, 2017

HOSA–Future Health Professionals’ 11th Annual Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders the importance of Emotional Intelligence in leadership. The four-day experience located in the nation’s capital, provided opportunities for leadership development, to see historic Washington, D.C. and to spend time on Capitol Hill meeting with Congressional Representatives. Washington Leadership Academy also included health industry tours at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, Marian Koshland Science Museum, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory.

The Arlington National Cemetery is always a highlight of the Washington Leadership Academy.  Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces.  HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to be chosen to pay formal respects to the sacrifice of America’s veterans in foreign wars by placing a wreath before the Tomb.  Priya Rathakrishnan, HOSA President, and Sarah Fleischman, President-Elect, represented HOSA at the formal ceremony.

On Tuesday, HOSA members were On the Hill to advocate on behalf of HOSA-Future Health Professionals and Career-Technical Education.  A special thanks to Rebecca McGrath, Vice President of Government Relations, at Cardinal Health and Martha Cramer, Legislative Assistant for Congressman David Scott of Georgia, who provided HOSA members and advisors with advocacy training in preparation for their Hill visit.

Throughout WLA, HOSA members also had the opportunity to learn from various keynote speakers.  WLA Speakers included:

  • Brigade General Jill K. Faris, a member of the Ohio Army National Guard and Deputy Surgeon General, Army National Guard.As Deputy Surgeon General, she assists in providing consultative services and strategic planning in all aspects of medical readiness, health care, medical personnel, medicaloperational and training issues that comprise the criticalmedical readiness indicators pertaining to the Army National Guard. BG Faris shared her unconventional but rewarding journey through Army Medicine.  She shared the two traits most important for leaders are trust and honesty but above all you must “own who you are.”

  • HOSA was pleased to welcome RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Deputy Surgeon General, at the 11th Annual Washington Leadership Academy. The Deputy Surgeon General was presented with HOSA’s Role Model Award for as one of the nation’s leading role-models for public health.  RADM Trent-Adams shared her personal story in the fields of nursing and public health with state and local leaders, advisors and guests. RADM Trent-Adams inspired HOSA members to always follow their dreams even in the face of obstacles. 

This year’s WLA provided HOSA leaders the opportunity to network and bolster HOSA connections across and within states all over the country. Through a dynamic leadership series led by the 2017-2018 Executive Council, HOSA leaders were equipped with the tools they need to lead and advocate in all levels of HOSA.