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American Academy of Audiology Foundation and The Oticon Foundation partner
to support successful 2010 Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (FLAC)

October 2010
The American Academy of Audiology Foundation is pleased to announce that The Oticon Foundation made a gift of $14,000 to support the Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (FLAC) held at the Academy offices in Reston, VA. This gift will supplement support received from Academy leaders and past FLAC attendees, and was critical to the financial success of the conference. The meeting was held September 30-October 2, and offered twelve midcareer audiologists the opportunity to develop leadership skills, discuss future profession-focused "hot topics," and learn about the history of audiology and the Academy.

Peer Lauritsen, President of Oticon, Inc., stated that "…The Oticon Foundation was pleased to partner with the AAA Foundation to fund the Future Leaders Conference." He continued, "Oticon strives to empower people to communicate, interact and participate, and we are proud that our gift enabled audiology's new leaders to advance this mission. Visionary leadership for audiology will ensure that both the profession and those with hearing impairment have dedicated and committed leaders guiding the science and practice of audiology for years to come."

Funding from the two Foundations supported a curriculum that included topics such as strategic planning, leadership theories, time management, interpersonal skills and communication styles. Those who attended also worked on team projects on the following four topics: best practices and uniformity in doctoral audiology education; direct access; increasing student recruitment and awareness about professional and research opportunities in audiology; and audiologic care in remote and underserved areas in both the U.S. and abroad. The future leaders were tasked with bringing creative, thoughtful and innovative ideas on these topics to the meeting, and with the development of presentations for Academy and AAA Foundation leadership.

The meeting was a collaborative effort on many fronts. Audiologists from all practice settings were involved in the conference planning, and several allied organizations participated in educational sessions. Past Academy leadership and members of the FLAC Class of 2008 joined the twelve audiologists who were selected for FLAC 2010: Shanna Allen, AuD; Samuel Atcherson, PhD; Brenna Carroll, AuD; Patricia Gaffney, AuD; Melissa Heche, AuD; Samantha Lewis, PhD; Joscelyn Martin, AuD; Hilary Rosenstrauch, AuD; Elizabeth Thompson, AuD; Christine Ulinski, AuD; Brian Urban, AuD and Letitia White, AuD.

"While leadership development is ongoing within both a profession and a volunteer organization, the Academy and the Foundation understand the critical need for it and are committed to making it happen," concluded the Academy and AAA Foundation Executive Director, Cheryl Kreider Carey, CAE. "On behalf of both organizations, I thank The Oticon Foundation for its generosity and its vision."

October 2010 FLAC Conference

From left to right: Hilary Rosenstrauch, Samantha Lewis, and Samuel Atcherson were among the twelve midcareer audiologists selected to participate in the 2010 Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (FLAC).

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