Future Leadership Program Application

Applications for the 2021 Future Leadership class will be accepted through Saturday, Oct. 10.

NCA’s Future Leadership Program awards five deserving young professionals (40 and under) an exclusive opportunity for networking and professional development. For one year, Future Leaders receive recognition from their colleagues and a hand-selected professional industry mentor, as well as complimentary registration to NCA’s signature events and the Candy Hall of Fame weekend. 

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Mandie Middleton or call (202) 534-1440. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Candidates must be current employees of an NCA member company or qualified retail customer.
  • Candidates must be 40 years of age or under as of January 1, 2021.
  • Candidates must have at least three (3) cumulative years of experience in the confectionery industry as of January 1, 2021.
  • Candidates must demonstrate commitment and dedication to the confectionery industry.
  • Candidates must have aspirations for executive leadership within the confectionery industry.
  • 75-100 words
  • 75-100 words
    If you are selected as a future leader, this information will be used to help determine your mentor.

  • Resume Submission

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.

  • Essay Submissions

  • Applicants are required to submit two essays. All applicants must respond to question 1. For question 2, applicants have the choice of answering 2A or 2B.
  • Tell us why you are applying to the NCA Future Leadership Program. Be specific in your response.
    Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.

  • Video Submission

  • All applicants are required to submit a video introducing themselves, their background and their current job role and sharing why they want to be the next Future Leader.

    Videos should be no more than one and a half (1.5) minutes. Applicants should refrain from using production or editing software. Videos should be filmed on a cell phone, tablet or webcam.

  • Accepted file types: webm, ogg, mp4, m4p, m4v, wmv, mov.

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Letter of Recommendation 1 - A professional letter that speaks to your career accomplishments thus far and comes from someone within the industry.

    Letter of Recommendation 2 - A letter that speaks to your character and can come from someone within or outside of the confectionery industry.

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.

  • Letter of Intent

  • NCA’s Future Leadership Program is designed to provide support, education, access and opportunity to young professionals who wish to advance in the ranks of leadership within the confectionery industry, and participation in this program is a privilege. If selected as a Future Leader, please confirm your intent to:
    • Attend NCA’s State of the Industry Conference: March 2021 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo: May 2021 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend NCA’s Summer Leadership Meeting: July 2021
    • Attend NCA’s Washington Forum: September 2021 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend the Candy Hall of Fame weekend: October 2020 (registration complimentary)
    • Actively participate in formal mentorship with an industry leader (facilitated by NCA)