Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience for Emerging Leaders in Georgia

GA Leadership LAUNCHpad

GA Leadership LAUNCHpad Story

Star Choices Inc. is a non-profit service provider, serving 90+ folks in Georgia at 3 major locations: Bibb, Hall, and Stephens counties. (Update from “3 major locations: Bibb, Hall, and Stephens counties.” To “across 5 counties: Bibb, Hall, Gwinnett, Habersham and Stephens counties.”)


Star Choices Inc. is a Non profit service provider. Program serves 90+ folks in GA. 3 major locations Bibb, Hall, and Stephens Counties.

Star Choices Inc. has seen how consistent, high quality, continually learning/growing in leadership within an organization can transform the organization completely.  Unfortunately, Star Choice’s Inc. has also seen how (budget cuts, staff turnover, a regression from continuous learning for staff) can hurt the outcomes & choices for the people Star Choices Inc. supports.  It is with this understanding of the importance of leadership  and its relationship to outcomes for the people we support that development for leadership at all levels was discussed.

Robert Chandler, Star Choices Inc. & Bethany Toledo, OADSP came together to create the initial concepts for creating a leadership retreat in Georgia.

Georgia Stakeholder Group (we) was formed (10/2016) including providers, advocates, state officials, and other partners. The meeting in October 2016, the group worked on what we wanted from a 3-day leadership experience.  The completely voluntary stakeholder group helped to assure we created a meaningful experience for each participant with subsequent meetings gatherings and discussions.

Many of the identified crucial curricula identified by the group were present in a curriculum developed by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP).   We purchased much of the Curriculum and adapted it to the state of Georgia.  We added new material/sessions and left out less applicable sessions.

We wanted to create a retreat that would be memorable for participants, all folks to leave with tools to help them on their leadership journey, as well as helping leaders connect with others apart from their own organizations.

Once in a lifetime experience for emerging leaders in Georgia.

  • 3 day in-depth leadership experience
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and continuous refreshments/snack breaks
  • Training educational material, tools, and assessments
  • Evening networking opportunities
  • Small group collaboration/creation/role play
  • Presentations/facilitation from subject matter experts

Initial Georgia Stakeholder Group members

Jason Laws, Therap

Renee Pruitt,  GAO

Debbie Conway, Cross Planes

Stacey Ramirez, ARC of GA

Bethany Toledo OHDSP

Rena Harris , Georgia Options

Sally Carter, DBHDD

Dottie Adams, DD Council (RIP)

Susan Butts, Hi-hope

John Chandler, Star Choices Inc.

Carla Gilmer, Star Choices Inc.

Robert Chandler Star Choices Inc.

GA LAUNCHpad Events

March 25th – 28th 2019 Leadership Launchpad

Star Choices Inc. employees experienced, with 17 other agencies from across the state, this once in a lifetime leadership retreat opportunity, for emerging leaders in Georgia. Peggy & Michael thank you so much for your participation and we look forward to the great things we will accomplish together.

February 2018 Leadership Launchpad

GA Leadership Launchpad February 2018 Once in a lifetime experience for emerging leaders in Georgia. 3 day in-depth leadership experience. • 2 nights accommodations. • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and snack breaks. • Training educational material,...

Winter 2017 GA Leadership LAUNCHpad

Once in a lifetime experience for emerging leaders in Georgia. All Inclusive! • 2 nights accommodations. • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and snack breaks. • Training educational material, tools and assessments. • Evening networking opportunities. •...