Upcoming Event

Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy


August 25, 2024, 12:00 pm –
August 29, 2024, 12:00 pm

Applications for the 2024 ELA program (August 25-29, 2024) are now accessible. Please note, the application deadline is May 15, 2024.

Each year, 30 state and provincial officials from the 18 CSG Eastern Region member jurisdictions gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy (ELA). This select group of state officials from all three branches of government receives training to enhance their leadership and communication skills from a variety of experts in media, education, and government. Please contact Dylan McDowell, professional development programs manager, by e-mail: dmcdowell@csg.org, or by phone: (646) 383-5738 for more information.


“Thanks to the transformative journey at the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy, I’ve unlocked new dimensions in my public service career. The academy’s invaluable guidance has not only enriched my leadership skills but has redefined my perspective.” – Rep. Corey Paris, Connecticut; ELA 2023

“What an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and as a leader. Besides gaining and practicing skills from communication to negotiation, the ELA was amazing in terms of networking and connecting with fellow leaders across the Eastern Region! It was well worth the time away from the many commitments we face as legislators and leaders. I’ve already been able to incorporate many of the leadership techniques and strategies into my work.” – Representative Cristin McCarthy-Vahey (Connecticut), ELA 2018

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