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2020 Leadership Academy

November 4-5, 2020

More Information to come!


If you are interested in reserving your spot for Leadership Academy 2020, please contact CTA at (916) 373-3500.


Overview of Program

Organizations need effective leadership, without it they can falter and not reach their full potential. Leaders don’t always come from top positions like the executive suites. It is known that the best CEOs often rise through the ranks. The CTA Leadership Academy was designed to provide the next generation of leaders with the skills to become the most effective leader possible, and to prepare them to serve their companies, communities the industry and their association in a more effective manner.

This two-day program offers the latest practical techniques and tools to help participants unlock their leadership potential. They will be given the opportunity to learn, grow and further develop their personal and professional characteristics. These new skills will provide them with more confidence and self-assurance to be an even stronger leader not only in their organization but in all aspects of life. This program will focus on professional and personal development. The program is open to CTA members only and it is limited to 25 participants to ensure that everyone has a meaningful and substantial experience. The class member composition will be 80% CTA carrier members and 20% CTA allied members. Those best suited for the Leadership Academy include the following:

  • Individuals identified as future senior corporate executives
  • Existing managers
  • Strong entry level managers
  • Individuals identified as potential future leaders

Admission to the program will be made on a first come, first served basis. Questions may be directed to (916) 373-3500 or

About Dr. Steven Swafford, IOM, Balance Warrior + CEO

Dr. Steve Swafford, IOM, Balance Warrior + CEO, has worked more than 30 years for and with corporations, non-profits, trade associations, family-owned businesses, and professional societies in areas of strategy, leadership development, communication, customer experience, and executive management. He brings a practical knowledge of strategy and executive leadership with past organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) where he most recently served as the executive director. He is active in California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) leadership serving on the Board of Directors; past Membership Committee Chair; past Professional Development Committee Chair (aka Purple Cow Posse); Southern California Regional Council; University leadership advisor; and volunteer staff pastor. Steve is a Full-Time Practitioner Faculty for Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School and a 15-year faculty member for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Management and serves on the Curriculum Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A native of Kansas, Steve has a B.S. in journalism from Kansas State University; a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC; and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University's School of Education & Psychology focusing on Strategic Organizational Change. Steve is co-founder of Leadership Outfitters, LLC with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Hartford, CT, Ft. Lauderdale, and Boston, MA.

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