Leadership Development Program

Program Features and Benefits

Graduates of the award-winning Leadership Development Program are recognized standouts in the field of Contract Management. Here are some of the tangible benefits you’ll receive.

  • Live, in-person leadership training from professional experts
  • Career guidance and feedback throughout the program from two senior-level mentors
  • Opportunity to publish two professional papers in Contract Management Magazine
  • > 160 CPE hours
  • One Certification Online Preparatory Course at no cost (CPCM™, CFCM™ or CCCM™) within one year of graduation
  • Networking access to government and industry leaders, at both the national and chapter levels

Application for Class of 2023

The application for the CMLDP Class of 2023 will be available in the Spring of 2022. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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You are eligible if you have:

  • NCMA member in good standing
  • At least four years but no more than 8 years of experience in contract management
  • Not yet held a supervisory or management position (or have < 1 year experience)
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A strong desire to become a leader
  • A recommendation from your employer as a top performer who will thrive and benefit from the program


The program is free, but you MUST be an NCMA member to apply. Participants are responsible for travel-related costs to attend in-person training events (SubCon, World Congress, and GCMS). Expenses may be covered fully or partially by employers or local chapters. A budget worksheet is included with the application.

Time Commitment

The Leadership Development Program is time-intensive. Participants must commit to the following:

  • Participation in CMLDP activities at NCMA's three national conferences (SubConWorld Congress, and GCMS) over the course of the 10-month program
  • Individual, small group and team projects
  • Regular communication with mentors
  • Completion of research papers
  • NCMA involvement at the local Chapter or national level for two full years after graduation


Cassandra Manos is a 2012 graduate of CMLDP and is a long-time course mentor. She is an active NCMA member and has served on several national-level committees and working groups in addition to volunteering as an officer and chair for local chapters. Cassandra holds an M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore, an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Loyola College and a B.A. in Economics from Loyola College.  In addition, she earned the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) and Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM) certifications. Cassandra is a Senior Contracts Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton where she leads the Other Transactions Team. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Cassandra worked for several large contractors and her clients included the federal government, state and local governments, international organizations and commercial companies.

Cassandra Manos, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, Fellow | CMLDP Coach 2021-2022

NCMA serves the contract management community impartially and with courtesy and respect regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, or national origin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process:

  • When is the application submission deadline? Application dates and deadlines will be available in Spring 2021.
  •  Is there a fee to apply?  There is no application fee.
  • Where do I send my application? Email your completed application to [email protected].
  • When will candidates be notified? Application dates and deadlines will be available in Spring 2021. 
  •  When will online interviews occur for the 2nd round candidates?  Application dates and deadlines will be available in Spring 2021.
  • When will candidates be notified they were accepted into the Class of 2022? Accepted candidates will be notified by early September 2021.
  • How many students will be accepted into the class?  The number of students accepted varies between 15 and 25.


  • If selected, when does the class begin?  The Class of 2022 will begin October 1, 2021.
  • Will I be required to attend in-person events?  Yes, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, CMLDP students are required to attend 3 in person events – GCMS, SubCon, and World Congress.  The dates of these events can be found on the application. 
  • Do I have to pay to attend in-person events? Students do not have to pay registration fees to attend GCMS, SubCon, or World Congress.  Students are responsible for travel and hotel costs.
  • How may credit hours will I receive?  Students receive at least 160 credit hours.
  • How long does it take to complete the program?  The program runs for 10 months, students that have met all criteria will graduate at World Congress 2022.

Current Class and Past CMLDP Graduates

CMLDP Class of 2022

  • James Brandon Allphin, Industrial Tent Systems (Space City Houston)
  • Markeisha Bonds, COLSA Corporation (Huntsville)
  • Amy Collins, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (East Tennessee)
  • Arina Hooks, HD Supply (Atlanta)
  • Tamaria Johnson, GDIT (Dulles Corridor)
  • Amina Khaliq, UT-Battelle/ORNL (East TN)
  • Casey McCracken, CFCM, CPCM, U.S. Department of Energy – Office of Science (East TN)
  • Samantha Netzband, CFCM, CCMA, CCCM, BAE Systems (Leatherstocking)
  • James Pitcher, US Air Force (Dayton)
  • Amanda Reyes, Ball Aerospace & Technology (Denver)

CMLDP Graduates

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September 2021 Issue