The NCDA Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy was created in 2006 with the goal of identifying and nurturing future generations of NCDA leaders.  Every two years, approximately six to eight NCDA members will be selected to join this hands-on, highly experiential leadership development opportunity designed specifically for promising national and state career development association leaders.

Applicants selected to the NCDA Leadership Academy Class will: 

  • Attend a series of leadership workshops and training sessions during the NCDA annual conference.
  • Learn more about NCDA's history, governance process, and strategic initiatives.
  • Prepare for future leadership positions on the NCDA Board, Committees or state career development associations.
  • Work on a twelve-month Leadership Action Learning Project selected from a list of Board identified needs.  Research and complete the project with the support of an assigned mentor.  Provide a written report in advance of and short presentation on Project results at the conference of their “graduating” year.

NCDA Leadership Academy participants will benefit from:

  • A $500 travel stipend (each year for two consecutive years) to support attendance at the next two NCDA annual conferences.
  • Waived NCDA annual conference registration fees for two years.
  • The opportunity to expand leadership potential and explore leadership opportunities through NCDA and state career development associations.
  • Ongoing support and mentorship.

Interested NCDA members need to apply:

All application requirements must be submitted by November 16th. Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.  Application materials include:

  1. Leadership Academy Application - [now closed]Mason Murphy
  2. Resume - send to Alicia Cheek at
  3. Two letters of recommendation - send to Alicia Cheek at

For questions, contact:

Mason Murphy, Chair, Leadership Academy Development Committee,

Leadership Academy Classes & Projects

Click on a year below to view the list of participants in a class and read about the many projects.

Class of 2022 Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
  Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008


Apply now for open LADC positions!

The Leadership Academy Development Committee (LADC) is looking for new committee members to help manage and coordinate all the activities of the NCDA Leadership Academy (LA). Applicants must have completed their LA experience.

Apply for the LADC now!

or Download the printed LADC application.

Applications for the LADC are due March 4, 2022. 

The NCDA Leadership Academy Development Committee consists of the following members:

  • Current NCDA Board Member (Liaison to NCDA Board)
    • Appointed by NCDA President, to serve a three-year term
    • Responsible for communication between NCDA Board and NCDA Leadership Academy Development Committee
  • Chair of the NCDA Leadership Academy Development Committee
    • Appointed by NCDA President, to serve a three-year term. If possible, this position should be selected from Leadership Academy members who have served at least one year three-year term on the LADC.
  • Four Leadership Academy Alumni (including Chair; 3 committee members)
    • Selected by application process. Selection Committee: NCDA board liaison and current LADC chair and approval by the board.
    • Each will serve three-year term.

Questions can be directed to Mason Murphy, Chair, Leadership Academy Development Committee,