Executive Leaders Program (ELP)

Executive Leaders is a transformative six-month program that builds the core competencies of mid-career managers and leaders who are progressing toward senior leadership roles in organizations and federal agencies. This program is designed to drive leaders to the top of their game and prepare for the biggest challenges executives will face in the coming years. With a leading self, leading teams, and leading organizations model, this program is an essential ingredient for mid-career professionals seeking to shore up their leadership skills for the next level and connect with top-level leaders to gain an inside look at what keeps them up at night and what inspires them.

  • Form career shaping relationships with fellow rising leaders
  • Broaden your aperture by collaborating across the table with government and industry
  • Gain perspective on critical challenges contracting and acquisition leaders will face
  • Harness the power of your own leadership style
  • Build your leadership skills to prepare for the next level

Application Period

The application period is currently closed. Please check back for updates. 

Pilot Program Dates

Workshop dates: (all lessons are 1-5pm ET unless stated otherwise)

  • Lesson 1: Tuesday, February 13
  • Lesson 2: Tuesday, February 27
  • Lesson 3: Tuesday, March 12
  • Lesson 4: Tuesday, March 19
  • Lesson 5: Tuesday, April 9
  • Lesson 6: Tuesday, April 23

Credits and Benefits of the Executive Leaders Program

  • 45 CLP/CPE upon completion of the program.
  • One complimentary registration to NCMA’s World Congress in Seattle, July 21-24, 2024.
  • Immersive virtual workshops with expert instructors.
  • Virtual meetups with executive leaders.
  • Problem-based challenges.
  • Assessments to define your unique leadership and emotional intelligence styles.
  • One-on-one coaching.

Executive Leaders Program Overview

The program will be divided into three categories. Each section will consist of two 4-hour live, virtual workshops. The Spring 2024 pilot will be condensed into three months for the full program.

  • Leading Self
    1: Defining Your Leadership Style: Leading with Self-Awareness
    2: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Leading Others
    3: Leading the Contract Management Workforce
    4: Leading Organizational Culture
  • Leading Organizations
    5: Leading a Forward-Thinking Business Vision
    6: Leading Through Disruption and Innovation

Who Should Apply to ELP?

The NCMA Executive Leaders Program is designed for mid-career professionals who are rising toward executive leadership positions in contract management. These professionals, across both industry and government, should have some leadership experience to bring to the table.
NCMA serves the contract management community impartially and with courtesy and respect regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, or national origin.

What is the Time Commitment for ELP?

The Executive Leaders Program requires a minimum commitment of 6-8 hours a month to include virtual workshops, senior leader connections, coaching sessions and reviewing resources.

What is the ELP Cost?

Pilot price: $4500

Included in cost: Program tuition, materials, assessments, coaching and once conference registration. Participants will need to cover their own travel-related costs to NCMA in person conferences which are held in different cities each year. You can view upcoming locations and events on NCMA’s Events site. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their employers and local NCMA chapters.

Questions about the Executive Leaders Program?

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