What is the ACC NCR Leadership Academy?

The Leadership Academy is a robust, cohort-based leadership development program geared exclusively to in-house counsel.  The Academy consists of eight faculty-led sessions and one cohort-led session over a nine-month period.

To learn more, read the Program Overview.

How will sponsoring a team member benefit my organization?

As a chief legal officer or senior manager, you want to reward talented members of your team with opportunities to develop professional skills that will bring them career satisfaction and enhance their value to your organization in these ways:

  • Build your leadership bench and improve performance of your team with proven leadership training.
  • Deliver on meaningful professional development that will enhance your team’s overall performance.
  • Help a member of your team recharge, assess and set personal growth objectives.
  • Invest in those who have a proven ability and a desire to excel.

The ACC NCR Leadership Academy is:

  • Specifically tailored to provide the next generation of in-house counsel leaders the skills to enhance their value to your organization.
  • Developed by in-house counsel for in-house counsel, with engagement and input from our distinguished Board of Advisors, to ensure focus on the challenges and opportunities unique to the practice.
  • Taught locally by nationally recognized faculty, affording the highest caliber development opportunity, without added travel time or expense.
  • In-depth development and learning, with minimal disruption to your organization. Nine full program days spanning over the course of nine months, starting in September 2017. Each session will run for a single day, except for the opening session, which will span two days. Click here for a pdf version of the schedule.
  • Focused on developing concrete and practical skills. The program will include personal benchmarking and goal setting, Leadership Circle Profile assessments, and at least one personal coaching session aimed at ensuring attainment of articulated growth objectives.
  • Program format includes cohort engagement outside of the classroom to optimize and reinforce the key takeaways from the instructor-led sessions.
  • $3,500 for ACC NCR members ($3,850 for non-members), including Leadership Circle Profile assessment and coaching.
  • Selective application process. Prospective candidates must apply directly online and submit two supporting recommendations. Applications and recommendations are due Monday, April 10, 2017.
When and where will the program be?

The Academy will launch with a two-day session in September 2017, and continue for nine months, concluding in May 2018 (no session in December 2017).  Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.   All sessions will take place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

  • Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15, 2017
  • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Friday, May 11, 2018

There will also be work between sessions that Fellows will do individually and with their cohorts, including one topic that each cohort will address independently, with the dates determined by each cohort.

Download the schedule (pdf)

What will I learn?

The ACC NCR Leadership Academy curriculum was developed by in-house counsel for in-house counsel to provide the skills necessary to become a trusted advisor and leader, and to bridge the partner/guardian tension inherent in the in-house counsel role.

Fellows will develop core self-management, relationship management, and leadership skills through the Academy’s sessions on:

  • Emotional intelligence, executive presence, and authentic leadership.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Developing and leading high performing teams.
  • Creating and inspiring vision, and leading and managing change.
  • Managing difficult conversations, and Influencing and negotiating.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Task management and delegating.
How are classes structured?

Each session will be highly interactive, teaching skills through a variety of approaches including simulation, role-play and modeling; collaboration and exchange of best practices; dialogue with experts from an array of fields; case studies; and other cohort and personal exercises.

There will be a class of approximately 30 participants – known as Fellows – selected from a range of industries and organizations from across the National Capital Region.  Each Fellow will also collaborate with a smaller working group or cohort to optimize learning and support one another’s professional growth and development.

In-depth class discussions will be led by faculty chosen for their expertise in leadership and their ability to translate concepts into practical take-aways. Between sessions, Fellows will be expected to read, engage in personal reflection and, in some instances, complete a specific exercise with their cohort.

How will the program benefit me?

You will develop your ability to lead through a best-in-class program geared exclusively to in-house counsel.  Through the ACC National Capital Region Leadership Academy, you will:

  • Set, benchmark and work toward your personal growth and leadership objectives.
  • Develop the skills and tools to succeed at the highest levels of your organization, including:
    • Honing your ability to communicate, influence and negotiate across teams and in the C-suite.
    • Creating and inspiring vision, and managing change.
    • Contributing to and leading high-performing teams.
    • Applying best practices for problem-solving and decision-making.
    • Become a trusted advisor, able to bridge the partner/guardian tension inherent in the in-house role.
  • Build strong professional relationships and expand your network across an array of industries and organizations here in the National Capital Region.
Who is eligible to apply?

In order to participate, you must have:

  • Practiced law for a minimum of seven years,
  • Practiced in-house for a minimum to two years, and
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities

Preference will be given to current ACC NCR members.

We seek Fellows from a broad range of industries and non-profit organizations, as well as a mix of large and small legal departments, to optimize the opportunity for you to learn from one another, both in the classroom and in smaller cohort settings.

What does it cost?

Program Fee is $3,500 for ACC NCR members, and $3,835 for non-members (which also will provide one year of membership in the Association of Corporate Counsel and ACC NCR).

This fee is payable in full at time of enrollment.

Program cost includes the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment and a 90 minute debrief/coaching session for each Fellow, and a year's subscription to the Harvard Business Review.

Program costs are fixed.  No reduced rates are available for this program.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017-2018 Class are now open and available online.  Applications are due by Monday, April 10, 11:59 p.m. ET. We anticipate that all applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mid-May.

When are applications due?

Applications and supporting recommendations are due by Monday, April 10, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Send an email to info@accncrleadershipacademy.com .

What is ACC NCR?

ACC National Capital Region (ACC NCR) is the premiere professional association for in-house lawyers in Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia and suburban Maryland.  We are the regional chapter of the global Association of Corporate Counsel.

With more than 2,500 members from approximately 900 private-sector organizations, ACC NCR is committed to enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members by helping them to become smarter, save time and money, and advance their careers through education, fellowship, and public service.  More information about the organization can be found at www.acc.com/chapters/ncr/.

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