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Training Our Next Generation of Leaders

Recognizing the importance of training tomorrow’s industry leader, OPRA offers Advance Leadership Training.

As our industry leaders mature, the intellectual and developmental disabilities service system will soon be faced with a shortage of quality, experienced executives. OPRA hopes to ensure the system develops the next generation of knowledgeable, disciplined thinkers to move into leadership positions in provider agencies. This program is meant for employees in your agency identified as having the potential to be outstanding administrative leaders now and into the future.


 Click Here to View the 2023 Advance Leadership Curriculum


This is a yearlong intensive training set to begin in January and conclude in October of every year.  Participants meet during the dates listed on the 2023 ADVANCE Training Curriculum. 

The January 26th and October 12th classes will be held in-person at the OPRA office located at 1152 Goodale Blvd., Columbus OH  43212 from 10am - 1pm.   Lunch will not be provided.   

The March 23rd, May 25th, July 27th and September 28th classes will be held virtually via ZOOM from 9am-12pm. 

All participants need to complete the assigned readings and materials prior to each meeting.

For provider organizations that are OPRA Members, one (1) individual from that organization may attend for $350.  Additional attendees from the same member organization may participate at a tuition rate of $1,000.00 each.   For non-members, any attendee may participate at a tuition rate of $1,500.00.  Payment for participation, if applicable, must be paid in full prior to the first meeting.


Thanks so much for your interest in the ADVANCE Provider Leadership Training.   If you are reading this message, that means we have reached our class capacity.  We truly apologize for the inconvenience.  We plan to open registrations for the 2024 ADVANCE Provider Leadership Training in November 2023.   If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sonya Summers at  Thank you! 

Inquiries & Applicants

Please contact Sonya Summers at if you have any questions.     

For specific information about ADVANCE: Provider Leadership Training, please contact Jamie Steele, OPRA Board Chair, Executive Director for Ohio Valley Residential Services, and ADVANCE Coordinator at