Leadership Essentials Lab 

Event Details


Aug 7-9, 2024

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Washington, DC

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The Leadership Essentials Lab is a unique, immersive learning experience where experienced PA education leaders will engage attendees in experiences designed to foster the development of essential leadership skills.  Participate in activities designed to build your leadership muscles. Listen as experienced leaders share their leadership journeys. Network with experienced and emerging leaders to expand your leadership network. 

Leadership isn’t about a title or position. It’s a state of mind, a commitment to personal and professional growth, and a willingness to step outside of one’s comfort zone to make a bigger impact.

Leadership is a continuum, where there are beginners who are taking the initial steps on the leadership journey; there are those who have been on the journey and want to continue to grow the depth and breadth of their knowledge and skills and expand their sphere of influence and impact: there are those whose journeys have led to opportunities to exercise leadership on a macro level.   Regardless of where you are on your leadership journey, your leadership continues to emerge and develop. 

Leaders Developing Leaders
Learn directly from leaders who have risen through the ranks and successfully navigated the complexity and challenges of leading oneself, others, and organizations. 


Leadership development begins from within with a focus on understanding oneself. Leaders know who they are and have an accurate understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Leaders know their pretenders and are aware of their biases. They are self-aware, knowing how their actions are perceived by others.  

Focusing on the self includes:

Learn how to think like a leader through a unique mix of facilitated learning experiences and interactions that will help you develop a leadership mindset.

Learn how leaders organize their time and attention to address competing priorities and focus on what’s most important.

Learn what it takes to make a compelling case to secure the resources you need to be successful as a leader.


Leaders who know themselves are better able to lead others. Leading others requires the ability to influence, inspire, and motivate. Those who build great teams intentionally look for people whose strengths complement rather than compete with the strengths of their own and the other members of the team. 

Leading others includes:

Learn what it takes to assemble a high-performing team.

Building a team is one thing, remaining a team takes work and being intentional about managing the people, time, resources, processes, and practices.

Practice navigating interpersonal challenges and dealing with conflict and get realtime feedback from facilitators who have years of experience.


Leaders who demonstrate the ability to think and act strategically and build relationships effectively are poised to lead organizations. Leading organizations requires the integration of leading oneself and others, and the ability to lead vertically and horizontally across multiple teams, departments, and disciplines. Leading at the organizational level requires oversight, insight, and foresight.

Different situations require different leadership styles and approaches – Learn how to adapt your leadership style to handle a multitude of situations.

Through scientifically backed self-assessments, proven leadership and management principles, and tried and true methods, attendees will engage in exercises to improve self-discovery, personal reflection, and professional growth. 

Meet the Team:

Dr. Bill Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C
Emeritus Dean
School of Health Sciences, Quinnipiac University
Dr. David Asprey, PhD, PA-C
Associate Dean and Department Chair
University of Iowa
Dr. Elias Villarreal, DMSc, PA-C
Associate Dean and Program Director
University of California, San Diego
Jonathan Bowser, MS, PA-C
Program Director
University of Colorado
Dr. Kim Cavanaugh, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C
Gannon University
Stephane VanderMeulen, MPAS, PA-C
Department Chair and Program Director
Creighton University-Omaha
Dr. Skylar Clark, PhD, PA-C
Division Head and Program Director
Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA
Senior Vice President
Western University of Health Sciences

Early Bird Rate


*ends July 9, 2024

Regular Rate


Key Dates:

  • Registration Open: May 2024 
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: July 9, 2024 
  • Cancellation Deadline: July 25, 2024
  • Registration Deadline: July 25, 2024

Event Location


Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements.

To ensure that attendees can fully participate it is strongly recommended that return travel is scheduled for no earlier than 3 hours after the conclusion of the workshop.

Travel by plane: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is located 5.6 miles from the workshop location. Ground transportation is available via taxi, rideshare app, and the Metro/bus.

Travel by train: Amtrak/Union Station (WAS) is located 1 mile from the workshop location. Ground transportation is available via taxi, rideshare app, and the Metro/bus.

Travel by Metro: The Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center Metro stop is located 0.3 mile from the workshop location.


Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements.

Attendees are invited to book lodging at the event hotel at the discounted group rate.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. – Convention Center
900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 739-2001

Hotel check-in is 3:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 p.m.

The discounted rate is available through July 11, 2024, or until the room block fills.

Book at Embassy Suites

Health & Safety

PAEA continues to encourage all attendees to be fully vaccinated. Attendees are welcome (but not required) to wear masks during the event. Please review additional guidance on the Health & Safety Information page.

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, the registration deadline is July 25, 2024. Space is limited!  

Before you begin the registration process, please make sure that you have your NCCPA ID number and ZIP code associated with the NCCPA account (if applicable), and any dietary restrictions to successfully complete the registration. If you do not have an NCCPA ID number, you can still register, but you won’t be able to claim CME credits.  

Yes, you may choose to pay by credit card or check.

If paying by check:

  • It must be received no later than 30 days prior to the event’s start date
  • If the check payment is not received 30 days prior to the event’s start date, the registration will be cancelled.
  • Registrations made within 45 days of the event’s start date must be paid by credit card.  

Send checks (include the sales order number) to:
Physician Assistant Education Association
PO Box 411161
Boston, MA 02241-1161

We understand that there may be circumstances that require you to change your plans. If this happens, here’s what you need to know: 

  1. Transfer your Registration:
    Up until the last day to register, you may designate a colleague from your same Member Program to receive your registration if you cannot attend your event(s).
    Fees: There is no additional fee to transfer a registration.
  2. Modify your Registration:
    Fees: A 10% change fee applies. Any balance due (by adding an item to your existing order or changing to an item with a higher price point) is due by the Payment deadline. Any partial refund owed to you (by cancelling a portion of your order) will be processed within 30 days of your new registration.
  3. Cancellation:
    No refunds will be issued for any reason for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.
    Fees: A 10% administrative fee will be deducted from the eligible refund amount.

Hotel & Travel

A hotel room block has been reserved for Leadership Essential Lab attendees at The Embassy Suites DC Convention Center, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Please click here to book your hotel room.

Getting to DC:  

  1. Dulles International Airport is 32 miles from the meeting center.  
  2. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 5 miles from the meeting center.  
  3. Union Station is 1 mile from the meeting center.

You can take a taxi or use a ridesharing app to travel to the hotel or the meeting site depending on your time of arrival.  

Times will be added based on the agenda.

CME and Attendance

More information on the total number of CME hours available to claim at this event will be announced in the coming months.

For live events, active participation in all originally scheduled sessions of the program is mandatory to receive full CME credits.  

Certified PAs who meet the attendance policy requirements and complete the evaluation survey will receive a certificate showing their CME credits after the event. 

Additional Information:

Business casual is the suggested dress code for this event. Remember that meeting rooms tend to be a bit cold, so a sweater or light jacket might be necessary. 

In Washington, DC during August average daily high temperatures range from 88°F to 83°F. Please check www.weather.com for updated information as the event gets closer.  

For questions, please contact Learning@PAEAonline.org. 

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PAEA event attendance is intended for and limited to those directly involved in PA and/or medical education. Vendors and third-party representatives will be prohibited from attending the event. If a vendor or third-party representative registers, PAEA reserves the right to cancel the registration without reimbursement of registration fees.


Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about the Leadership Essentials Lab.