Future Leadership Program Application

NCA’s Future Leadership Program awards up to eight deserving young professionals (40 and under) an exclusive opportunity for networking and professional development. For one year, future leaders receive recognition among their colleagues and a hand-selected professional industry mentor along with complimentary registration to NCA’s three signature events, the Sweets & Snacks Expo, Washington Forum and State of the Industry Conference, as well as NCA’s Leadership Summit and the Candy Hall of Fame weekend. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email Mandie Middleton or call (202) 534-1440. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Candidate must be a current employee of an NCA member company or qualified retail customer. 
  • Candidate must be 40 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2024. 
  • Candidate must have at least three (3) cumulative years of professional experience in the confectionery industry as of January 1, 2024. 
  • Candidate must aspire to executive leadership within the confectionery industry. 
  • Candidate must demonstrate commitment and dedication to NCA and the confectionery industry. 
  • Candidate must have the support of their employer to participate if selected. 

Future Leadership Program applications are reviewed by a committee composed of industry professionals, including past Future Leaders, based on the following areas: 

  • Leadership experience.  
  • Examples of personal and professional development.  
  • Writing and communication skills, as demonstrated in applicants’ essay submissions. 
  • Professionalism and the presentation of application materials.  

For more information on these elements, view the weighting and criteria for each element of the application. 

Applications for the 2024 Future Leadership class will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.