ACFAS Chris Mahaffey Leadership Development Program

This program is dedicated to Chris Mahaffey, MS, CAE, FASAE who served as the College’s Executive Director from 2003-2020.


Developed by ACFAS members and for ACFAS members, the ACFAS Chris Mahaffey Leadership Development Program provides the knowledge, resources, mentoring and networking opportunities to develop the key skills needed to succeed as leaders and ambassadors of the profession while infusing the diversity and talent of future leaders into the ACFAS volunteer pipeline. 


ACFAS members can register for Level 1 of the program. The 2024 application for Level 2 will open in early March 2024. ACFAS members will be notified when the application period begins. View the program brochure for details on the curriculum for both Levels.


We are excited to welcome the inaugural cohort of the ACFAS Chris Mahaffey Leadership Development Program!

Participants of the ACFAS Chris Mahaffey Leadership Development Program will:

  • Acquire and enhance essential skills needed to succeed as future leaders and ambassadors of the profession both within and outside the College
  • Gain a deeper understanding of ACFAS and its volunteer program in preparation for continued/advanced service within the College.
  • Engage in a comprehensive educational program for professional development that also serves to expand their ACFAS peer network. 

Level 1 of the ACFAS Chris Mahaffey Leadership Development Program is self-paced. Modules are open to all ACFAS members and can be taken at any time. Level 1 must be completed in order to be considered for admission to Level 2.

Level 1 Modules:

               Introduction to the Program
               About ACFAS
               Advancing the Specialty
               Implementing the Strategic Roadmap
               Leadership Journeys and Program Next Steps

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Level 2 includes eLearning, virtual sessions, mentorship, and a capstone experience at the Annual Scientific Conference. Those who are admitted will be notified mid-April and the cohort will begin Level 2 on May 1. Once admitted to the program, attendees will be responsible for a $250 program fee.

Level 2 is only open to Fellows of the College and completion of Level 1 is a prerequisite. Admission to or completion of the Leadership Development Program does not guarantee placement into an ACFAS committee or leadership position. 

Level 2 Modules:

               Program Introduction
               High Performing Individuals
               Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
               Effective Meetings
               Communication Skills
               Leadership Styles and Team Building
               Leading With Influence and Motivating Others
               Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
               Networking for Success