SAME young members attend ELA Conference in Reston, Va.


On Sept. 11-13, SAME young members attended the 5th annual Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Conference in Reston, Va. SAME sponsored the young members to attend the three-day leadership conference which included session topics such as Global & Virtual Team Leadership, Change Management, How to Lead as a Volunteer, Making the Transition from Technical to Management, Leading Innovation and more.

Executive Director Dr. Robert D. Wolff, P.E., F.SAME and SAME President Tony Leketa, P.E., F.SAME, SES (Ret.), hosted a dinner to welcome the attendees, who flew in from different parts of the country. The sponsored young members were chosen by their Regional Posts through a nomination process based on eligibility and selection criteria including demonstrated leadership qualities. The sponsorship covered lodging, airfare and local transportation costs.

Congratulations to the following young members!

  • Angela Nolan, South Central
  • Amy Shirlberg, TEXOMA
  • Allison J. Basche, Southwest
  • Lauren Bean, Southwest
  • Michelle Martin, Mid Atlantic
  • Amy Doye, Mid Atlantic
  • Ester Lee Altman, South Atlantic
  • Nadja Turek, Ohio Valley

SAME works in partnership with ELA to foster leadership in the engineering and scientific community. ELA’s mission is to provide an interdisciplinary community of learning for select professionals, promoting the development of great leaders to guide the engineering and scientific professions in addressing the needs of people in the 21st Century.

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