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.

The 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 address the partner/guardian tension inherent in the in-house counsel role.

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 and enable them to "lead from any seat."
  • 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. Each session will run for a single day, except for the opening session, which will span two days.
  • Focused on developing concrete and practical skills. The program will include personal benchmarking and goal setting, a leadership assessment, 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.
When and where will the program be?

The Academy consists of eight faculty-led sessions taking place over a nine-month period, starting in September. All sessions are held in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. There also is work between sessions that Fellows will do individually and/or with their cohorts, including one topic that each cohort addresses independently on a date it determines.

A 360 assessment and initial coaching session will be completed over the summer preceding the start of each class's sessions.

The schedule of sessions for the Class of 2019 is:

  • Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, 2018
  • Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Friday, May 17, 2019

Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for the opening day, which will start and end one hour later.


What will I learn?

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

  • Who am I as a leader? Authentic leadership, personal brand, emotional intelligence and executive voice.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Developing and leading high performing teams.
  • Vision, and leading and managing change.
  • Managing difficult conversations, and influencing and persuading.
  • 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 variety of industries and organizations from across the National Capital Region. Each Fellow will also collaborate with a smaller working group (“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 takeaways. Between sessions, Fellows will be expected to read, engage in personal reflection and complete specific exercises 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. If you currently are not a member, you can join by clicking here. If you are a non-member at the time of selection, your tuition will be adjusted to include a year's membership in ACC and ACC NCR.

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. No more than two (2) Fellows from any single employer were accepted for the Class of 2019.

What does it cost?

Tuition for Class of 2019 Fellows is $4,950 for ACC NCR members and $5,335 for non-members (which includes one year of membership in ACC and ACC NCR).

Tuition includes a 360 assessment, two coaching sessions and a full-year subscription to the Harvard Business Review.

Financial aid was available to reduce the tuition for a limited number of applicants who are self-paying at least a portion of the tuition. Aid awards, for as long as they were available, did not exceed $1,450 per person.

How do I apply? When are applications due?

The Class of 2019 is full.

The application for the ACC NCR Leadership Academy Class of 2020 will open on or about February 1, 2019. At that time, applicants will be able to create, populate, and save drafts of their applications, and generate a link for their reference(s) to upload recommendations.

Applicants will then be able to submit their completed applications for consideration starting on or about March 1, 2019. All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their completed applications as soon as possible, as admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis from that date to form a well-balanced, high-caliber class. Once the Class if full, notice will be posted on the Academy website and in the weekly chapter e-newsletter.


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 approximately 2,500 members from about 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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