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Sammi Grant
2019-2020 Early-Career Leader

Sarah Nichols
2019-2020 Early-Career Leader


VASTA is dedicated to promoting leadership for members, to prepare them for a varied and fulfilling career.

The Early-Career Leadership 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 Early-Career Leaders will attend include:

  • Quarterly Board Meetings. 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 this position's point of view.

The deadline for Submissions for the 2019-2020 candidates has closed.
Submissions for 2020-2021 will open at the end of July.