Future Leadership Program Application

  • Applications for the 2022 Future Leadership class will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

    o 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, as well as complimentary registration to NCA’s three signature events, NCA’s Leadership Summit held in July 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:

    • 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, 2022.
    • Candidate must have at least three (3) cumulative years of professional experience in the confectionery industry as of January 1, 2022.
    • 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 made up of industry professionals, including past Future Leaders, on the following criteria:

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

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

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    If you are selected as a Future Leader, this information will be used to help determine your mentor.
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  • Resume Submission

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB.

  • Essay Submissions

  • Applicants are required to submit two essays. All applicants must respond to both essay prompts.
  • Tell us why you are applying to the NCA Future Leadership Program. Be specific in your response.
    Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB.
    What will the industry look like in five years and what role will you play in it?
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  • 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, Max. file size: 256 MB.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB.
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  • 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 13-15, 2022 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo: May 24-26, 2022 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend NCA’s Summer Leadership Meeting: July 2022
    • Attend NCA’s Washington Forum: Fall 2022 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend the Candy Hall of Fame weekend: October 2022 (registration complimentary)
    • Actively participate in formal mentorship with an industry leader (facilitated by NCA)
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