Leadership course available to members at a discount

IAAO is partnering with the Professional Development Academy to promote special pricing for the National Association of Counties High Performance Leadership Academy and are establishing a special leadership class for assessment professionals starting September 23.

The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program that empowers county government professionals with fundamental leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities.

The retail price of the 12-week program is $1,995 per enrollee, naco_logo_small.pnghowever the first enrollee from each NACo member county receives a one-time NACo scholarship of $1,000 and a $500 discount for a final discounted price of $495. Additional enrollees from NACo member counties receive a discount based on the number of enrollees per county as referenced below. The cost for IAAO members who work for non-NACo members, such as an international organization, state or provincial group, private firm, or municipal assessor, is $1,695.


“This was a great course on leadership, and I would highly recommend it to others in our field,” said IAAO President-Elect Amy Rasmussen, who recently completed the course. “In addition, I was the first person from Polk County (Iowa) to take the course and so was able to register for the NACo discounted price of $495.”

Past NACo leadership classes have included representatives from all branches of county government, including eight assessors, but IAAO and PDA are working on establishing a new class just for assessment professionals. The course will start September 23 and run for 12 weeks. To enroll, visit the following site.

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With a curriculum developed by the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders, world-renowned academics and thought leaders, including General Colin Powell and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the program focuses on five essential skills:

LEAD: Engage teams and stakeholders to foster positive climates and exceed common expectations

ORGANIZE: Plan, lead and execute organizational change more effectively and consistently

COLLABORATE: Establish alignment and strong partnerships through building stronger relationships

COMMUNICATE: Create clarity, confidence and community

DELIVER: Measure projects and processes to deliver results aligned with county and community priorities

The program is built to accommodate busy work schedules without interfering with daily operational responsibilities. Participants must commit to spending about 3-5 hours per week engaged with the program to complete a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities along with a cohort of professional peers from other county governments as well as other public and private sector entities.

Additional information is also  available to download and if you  have any questions on the program or registration please contact Kevin Darrow at

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