Leaders & Legacies Society

Statement of Purpose

The Leaders & Legacies Society is a membership organization that fosters ongoing pursuits in volunteerism, beneficence, and support of the Foundation and its programs. The Society promotes the work of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in advancing occupational therapy as the science of everyday living through its research, recognition, scholarship, and legacy programs.


The Leaders & Legacies initiative is designed to identify, honor, and fully engage a cadre of occupational therapy professionals who have demonstrated their leadership abilities and skills through service in a variety of civic and professional organizations. The goal is to create a broad community of established occupational therapy leaders who will support and promote the multifaceted mission of the Foundation, through giving, through mentoring, and through volunteering for Foundation programs that serve to sustain and enrich the profession through the coming years.



Membership is open to all COTAs, OTs, and other professionals evidencing "sustained leadership" in support of occupational therapy. Membership is conferred in recognition of the significant contributions of these professionals and in acknowledgement of their ongoing desire to contribute to the field.


Membership Criteria

Election to membership in the Leaders & Legacies Society requires that nominees have demonstrated sustained commitment to the profession through their personal involvement in advancing occupational therapy at local, state, and/or national levels.


Successful nominees will have: 


  • Demonstrated sustained leadership as reflected in their involvement in one or more areas of:


    -  Occupational therapy practice

    -  Research

    -  Education

    -  Professional Societies

    -  Regulatory Boards

    -  Advocacy

    -  Communications

  • Leadership, when outside of the profession, has advanced awareness and benefited the field in an identifiable manner.
  • As befits a leader, ongoing membership in the Society includes the expectation that a member will make an annual donation to the Foundation and fulfill one or more member responsibilities as outlined below.


Member Responsibilities

To maintain a sustainable, robust and active society, members agree to support the mission of the Foundation in at least one of the following ways:

  • Committee service within the society or Foundation.
  • Membership and nomination support.
  • Recruitment of individual and/or corporate donors.
  • Attending an AOTF event at the AOTA Conference.
  • Arranging an in-kind donation.
  • Mentoring for a Pi Theta Epsilon honor society chapter.
  • Support for participating groups in the student-led St. Catherine Challenge.
  • Speaking at conference or events about AOTF or the L&L Society.
  • Making or facilitating a planned gift to the Foundation's endowments.



The Foundation anticipates inducting 50 founding members at the inauguration of the Leaders & Legacies Society during the 50th anniversary celebration of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.  The induction ceremony will occur during the Foundation Gala April 17, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee during the annual AOTA 2015 Conference. The Society anticipates that subsequent induction ceremonies will occur annually, most likely in conjunction with an AOTF activity a the AOTA Annual Conference.


Nomination Procedures

In September 2014, the Foundation will begin accepting Acceptance of Nomination forms for membership from individuals nominated by self or others who meet membership criteria. 


Acceptance of Nomination Form  

Please return to LLSociety@aotf.org by January 31, 2015. 


Selection Timeline

Acceptance of Nomination forms are due by January 31, 2015

Selected honorees will be notified as forms are processed.

All founding members will be recognized at the Foundation Gala induction ceremony. Membership in other honorific groups of the profession does not preclude membership in the Society. 

For more information contact LLSociety@aotf.org.