VPMA Launches a Leadership Development Program

VPMA is excited to release the application for the inaugural Leadership Enrichment Action Program (LEAP).

This new and innovative learning opportunity will provide participants with a fresh take on leadership skills which can be put to immediate use in any size company, department or even in one’s personal life. The entire 3-part program, which begins in November 2018 and concludes in May 2019, spans many topics from Personal & Team Leadership to overall Organizational Leadership and concludes with a Leadership Implementation Toolbox.

Each session includes advanced thinking around ideas such as:
• Understanding Behaviors, Influence, Communications and Strengths
• Developing Strategic Thinking, Strategies, Objectives and Action Planning
• Leading Innovation, Decision Making and Driving Change

Sessions are fast passed, with numerous individual and group break-out exercises to ensure the workshop is interactive. This inspires real-life application of the content and encourages group learning. Shifting away from a traditional lecture format is a more impactful way for adults to learn and allows them to retain more information as they are engaged in the process.

With some insight and experience from the new Leadership Program developed and implemented by our friends at the Georgia Pest Control Association, GPCA, we have modeled our program in a similar fashion.  Here are some of the comments from the participants at the GPCA Leadership program this past year:

“I think the value of the program and the relationship opportunities makes the program a great investment.”

 “The return on this dollar investment is limitless if I as the participant put these learnings into action for my business. The return for GPCA is the same if we as participants continue to be challenged to put back into this program what we have learned. This program is a catalyst for all involved!”

“Very insightful. One of the best ways I've found to describe each session was that it put words to concepts that in many cases I have experienced. It was very nice to learn this new language!”

The application process includes a complete application including employer permission, one letter of recommendation and a resume; followed by a phone interview with the selection committee.  Deadline to submit the application is Aug. 1, 2018. 

For more information and an application, please call the executive office at 877-875-8722 or email at vpma@cox.net.


About VPMA: VPMA is a professional organization of approximately 250 member companies employing over 3,000 people throughout Virginia and generating over $280 million in annual revenues.  It is dedicated to promoting the interests and general welfare of the pest management industry and to supporting scientific, technical and business research in the areas of pest management.