July 19, 2013
Joseph Moore

Student Selected for AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program

Second-year master of occupational therapy student is one of 17 who will spend a year working with leaders in the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Samantha Simons
Samantha Simons will be mentored by a leader in the AOTA. Submitted photo

Samantha Simons, a second year master of occupational therapy student, was one of 17 selected to participate in the American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging Leaders Development Program. The AOTA ELDP is a prestigious and extremely competitive program that trains emerging student leaders in occupational therapy.

Simons will receive two days of training at AOTA headquarters in Bethesda, Md., in August. Following the training, she will be paired with a mentor that holds a leadership position within the Association who will guide her in service learning activities for a year.

By participating in the ELDP, Simons hopes to gain more insight into what kind of leader she can be in the future.

"I have already developed leadership skills through experience with various organizations, but a good leader should always strive to be better," Simons said. "This program can help get my foot in the door and possible lead to a future leadership position in AOTA."

Simons is the 2012-2013 president of the Saint Louis University Student Occupational Therapy Association.

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