The RMASFAA Leadership Pipeline is a program to mentor financial aid professionals and encourage them to take a leadership role in their state association or in RMAFSAA. The program begins at the annual Conference and concludes the next year at the same conference. The program normally accepts up to 12 participants and each person is assigned a mentor who has been in the financial aid industry for several years.
The Leadership Pipeline meets every other year. So during the 13-14 year, the Leadership Pipeline Committee, chaired by Ricki Jones, will be preparing the curriculum for the next group that will begin at the RMASFAA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. Applications for the Pipeline will be available in the early Spring of 2014.
This year, the Leadership Pipeline has been using the book “You’re the Director: A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid.” This book is published by NASFAA and includes chapters written by many of today’s financial aid professionals, including past chairs Pam Fowler, Ron Day and Barry Simmons, as well as current NASFAA President Justin Draeger. Some of the chapters include: “Hiring the Best,” “Making the Most of Your Office Budget,” and “Ethical Dilemmas in Financial Aid.” Each month one of the participants selected one of the chapters and facilitated the group discussion through a conference call. Each participant spent time, usually by email or phone, with their mentor each month.
The object of the pipeline is to give each participant the mentoring and individual attention that will allow them to step in to leadership opportunities as they become available, both in associations or on individual college campuses. As the new Leadership Pipeline Committee begins planning for the next cycle, they will choose the curriculum that will they feel will best reach the goals of the Leadership Pipeline.
I encourage anyone who might be interested in this opportunity to keep the Pipeline in mind as we plan for the future. Notifications will be sent out when new applications are available and I encourage you to take advantage of this great program. Many of our current committee chairs and other volunteers are graduates of the Pipeline. If you are interested, please talk to any of the participants, mentors or committee members at the RMAFAA Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Or you are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.