Future Leaders Program

    Growing today's engineers into tomorrow's engineering leadership

    Program Objectives

    Program Objectives This program is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore concepts and means by which both personal learning and business performance may be increased. Primary focus is on interactive learning with a select peer group facilitated by both local and national leaders of the business community and A/E professions.

    Primary objectives will assist participants to:

    • Increase personal knowledge and skills, business acumen and awareness of the environment in which they practice.
    • Develop a greater self-reliance and confidence based upon a deeper understanding of themselves, the business of engineering and the social, technical, economic, political context in which they, their clients and the public operate.
    • Develop a commitment to life-long learning and be more aware of and inclined to act on their curiosity about themselves and their world.
    • Clarify what matters for themselves and their businesses so that compelling visions, goals & strategies emerge.
    • Develop a strong peer network as a resource for future business challenges.
    • Develop role models for the next generation of leadership in the engineering profession affecting their firms, their associations and their communities.
    • Learn the importance of balancing work and life and how to apply strategies to successfully achieve that difficult balance. Each participant will be given a behavioral analysis in order to reveal the areas in which he or she needs individual focus and development.

    An added bonus to the Program is the focus on learning in an interactive environment. Traditional seminar-based learning does not allow for the depth of learning that occurs when the participants are committed to and fully involved in the experience. Therefore, participants will be encouraged to do just that - participate.

    Additionally, the interactive nature of the Program allows for a dynamic curriculum. Although general topics to be explored will remain, the Program format will allow the emerging personality of each class to help lead the direction of the learning experience.

    A strong peer network will develop between the participants and will provide benefits beyond the formal Program. 

    Outcome Benefits

    Outcome benefits for Program participants include:

    • Additional knowledge of the business of consulting engineering
    • More experience and confidence
    • More professional value to their firms and to the industry as a whole
    • More personal job satisfaction and the honor of having been selected to participate in this initiative, which demonstrates upward mobility

    Outcome benefits for employers who send their employees to the Program include:

    • A return on investment
    • A more reliable and knowledgeable company representative
    • A satisfied employee

    Participation & Application Process

    Participants must be nominated by a Principal of the firm of which they are employed and should have a minimum of five years’ experience in the field. All applicants will be selected on the basis of experience and background. There is a limit of 2 nominations per firm. 

    Insuring geographic and practice-area diversity in each Future Leaders class is an important goal of the Program, and those factors may be considered when selecting participants. 

    Participants must attend all seven sessions (in-person*) in order to graduate from the Program. If a session is missed, participants will be given one year during which they can make up a missed session with the next class of Future Leaders. If missed sessions are not made up within one year, participants will forfeit their opportunity to graduate from the Program. 

    *We are sensitive to the changing environment with respect to COVID-19 and are dedicated to hosting an event that puts the safety and interests of our participants front and center.  Understanding that this is going to continue to be a dynamic environment, we will continue to monitor all State and City mandates as it pertains to safety, in-person gatherings and social distancing.

    Participants must attend at least one ACEC/NC Committee Meeting or Event prior to the 2022 ACEC/NC Summer Conference.

    Tuition & Payment Policies

    The Program will consist of seven sessions over the course of seven months. The tuition for the ACEC/NC 2022 Future Leaders Series is $2,000 per person for ACEC/NC members and $3,000 for non-members.

    Tuition is due with nominations and will be returned should a nominee not be chosen for the Program or if the class reaches the twenty person limit. Please contact the ACEC/NC office directly if an invoice is required for processing or if your firm requires extended time to process a check request. Once a nominee has been notified of acceptance into the Program, no refunds will be available. 

    The last session and graduation ceremony will be held at the 2022 Summer Conference in Asheville, NC.

    RETURNING THIS YEAR: All class participants will attend the entire Summer Conference at no additional cost. (Conference registration included in Future Leaders program fee).

    Travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the series participants. 

    PDH Credits

    Professional Development Hours (PDHs) toward the requirements for license renewal will be earned during six of the seminars in the series, for a total of 24.5 PDH credits. Note: While ACEC/NC offers Professional Development Credit for this program, it is up to each Professional Engineer to determine if the content is relevant to his/her individual practice and suitable for his/her continuing education.

    Specific locations for classes will be determined based on where the class participants are located. A typical schedule rotates locations around the state.

    Curriculum & Schedule
    Session One: Communications, Team Building
    Dr. Mitzi Downing, Professor / Training & Development Specialist 
    NC State University
    January 19, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Welcome Reception 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


    Session Two: Business Development and Marketing
    Ken Tichacek, Think Like Your Clients LLC 
    February 16, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    Session Three: Financial Management 
    Mindy Toole, Director, AEC Tax Practice, Stambaugh Ness
    March 16, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    Session Four: Legislative Day
    Date TBD
     Engineering Day at the Legislature, Raleigh, NC  


    Session Five: Legislative Process 
    Anna Beavon-Graveley, Executive Director, NC Free Enterprise Foundation
    April 20, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Session Six: Contract Law and Risk Management
    Stephen Safran, Attorney, Safran Law 
    May 18, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Session Seven: Work/Life Balance
    Dick Kracht, Executive Coach, A Constructive Influence 
    August 4-6, 2022
    ACEC Summer Conference, Asheville, NC 




    For Program Details and Nomination form: CLICK HERE