The Autism Leadership Academy

An executive master class in leadership, Kyo’s Autism Leadership Academy is designed for new Regional Directors at Kyo. This first-of-its-kind program develops exceptional BCBAs into effective leaders in the autism field.




When you first come on board at Kyo, you’ll attend our Autism Leadership Academy.

Leadership Skills

Develop key leadership skills via immersive management training.

Launch Your

Hire staff, open an office, and launch direct therapy services.

Grow Your

Expand your team, become an ABA leader, and achieve year-end clinical and operational goals.

Become an
Industry Leader

Continue to develop your expertise and grow your region.


Nuts & Bolts

  • Attend our week-long intensive training program

  • Deepen your expertise with continued training

Learn to Launch & Run a Region

  • Attend management training and prepare to lead your team

  • Train to recruit, onboard, and retain top talent

  • Master the ins and outs of business operations

  • Experience personalized membership

Learn from Leaders in the Field

  • Work alongside cross-functional leaders to grow your region

  • Gain insight from distinguished industry researchers on your Scientific Advisory Board

  • Sharpen your management-level presentation and communication skills

Bond with Your New Team

  • Enjoy a leadership lunch & welcome happy hour

  • Participate in fun team-building activities, such as cooking classes, a team  book club, and yoga classes




We are experts in our field, but we don’t know everything. We are direct and candid, and are always ready to listen to new ideas.


We never stop exploring, investigating, and learning.


We are focused on the outcomes of every employee, child and family. In their success lies our success.


We care deeply about helping. We understand how our work impacts the lives of our families outside of the treatment room.


We don’t give up, or give in. We stop at nothing to ensure that the true potential of every child is reached.

Success Stories

Regional Director | Seattle North

Grace Gayles, M.A., BCBA, LBA

“Attending the Autism Leadership Academy has been a life-changing experience, propelling my personal and professional development to greater heights. Since becoming a regional director, I have honed my leadership skills to include greater compassion, teamwork, and a focus on achieving results.

I have magnified my outreach skills, collaborated with other professionals, and improved the culture and quality of ABA services in my community. At Kyo, I feel valued as an individual and am so grateful to be part of an organization where I can truly help make every moment count.”

Regional Director | Dallas-Fort Worth

Danielle Zavagno, M.A., BCBA, LBA

“The Autism Leadership Academy was a career-transforming event for me. I was taught the fundamentals of how to run a business while simultaneously maintaining effective, safe, and quality treatment for families.

I was provided mentorship, friendship, and professional growth that one can only dream of. As a result, I feel more confident in my role as a regional director and am so proud to share what I’ve learned with everyone I meet.”

Regional Director | Phoenix

Amanda Cowan, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

“The Autism Leadership Academy gave me the opportunity to grow my clinical skills, as well as my operational and business skills. The Academy breaks down regional director core competencies and teaches them via a multi-phased training with individualized mentorship.

By defining my professional development goals I gained the confidence to grow one of our team’s newest regions. I’ve learned how to initiate and foster collaborative relationships to ensure we provide the most ethical, efficient, and effective services to our community. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a regional director and for the experience of attending Kyo’s Autism Leadership Academy.”


Let’s get to know each other. Tell us why you’re interested in joining the Academy.