Consider applying for the fourth year of VASTA's Early Career Leadership Initiative!!

The deadline for Submissions for the 2019-2020 candidates has closed. Submissions for 2020-2021 will open during the Sydney 2020 Conference.


VASTA is dedicated to promoting leadership for members, to prepare them for a varied and fulfilling career.
This initiative is designed to benefit newer members, early in their career, by having them attend a year of board meetings, and select committees to learn the inner workings of the organization. The member may or may not have attended a VASTA conference before applying.

While this will be a non-voting position, it will afford an opportunity to have the views of early career members heard in order to help craft policy and procedures from a fresh perspective. Our mission statement guides VASTA to represent as many diverse views as possible, to enrich all our approaches to teaching and coaching voice and speech in education, business, and the wider community.

The meetings you will attend include:

  • The 2020 Quarter 1 Board meeting, January 10-12, in Dallas TX - Friday evening, all day Saturday, Sunday early afternoon. Flight and hotel are paid for by VASTA. 
  • 3 or more Video Conference Calls throughout the year. As issues arise, there may be a need for more ‘virtual’ meetings.
  • Annual Conference Board meetings: Usually an all-day meeting plus half a day before the opening session of the annual conference, and a short follow-up meeting at the end of the conference (eg noon to 3 pm or 6 to 8 pm). Attendance at the annual conference and meetings are not funded for board members or this position.

Reporting on the experience:
As well as full attendance at all board meetings, this initiative requires short reports on your experience at each meeting for the newsletter, VASTA Visions, and a final wrap up report. We are keen to keep members in the loop about Board happenings from your point of view.

To apply for consideration for the 2019-2020 Early Career Leadership Initiative,

Click Here!

OR email a PDF statement of:

  • When did you join VASTA?
  • How did you get connected with VASTA?
  • Why you would like to attend the board meetings as the Early Career representative
  • How this will impact plans for your career.

Please, separately attach a CV of your experience to date and email your application to the President, Michael J. Barnes at president(at)

Deadline for the 2019-2020 spots is Saturday, October 26, 2019.

If you have any questions, please reach out to president(at)