Learn To Lead From Any Seat

The mission of the Leadership Academy is to equip ACC NCR's lawyers with leadership skills necessary to best serve their organizations and the community by providing world-class training and fostering connection, development, and belonging in the legal community.

The ACC National Capital Region Leadership Academy will give you the tools and skills you need to optimize your leadership potential and succeed at the highest levels of your organization. GCs and CLOs should take a good look at the exceptional quality and value of the Academy for members of their team or for themselves.

The Academy's curriculum - designed by in-house counsel for in-house counsel - addresses the unique leadership challenges and opportunities of in-house counsel. You will develop skills to become a trusted advisor and to navigate the partner/guardian balance inherent in the in-house role.

As a Leadership Academy Fellow, you will:

  • Set your personal growth and leadership goals and develop benchmarks to measure progress.
  • Develop an authentic and inclusive leadership style.
  • Hone your emotional intelligence and improve your ability to effectively communicate and influence across teams and in the C-suite.
  • Grow your ability to lead and contribute to high-performing teams.
  • Learn to create strategic vision and inspire others to follow that vision, and to lead and manage change.
  • Improve your ability to navigate difficult conversations.
  • Apply best practices for problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Enhance your executive presence and presentation skills.
  • Build strong professional relationships and expand your in-house network across an array of industries and organizations in the National Capital Region.

Academy Highlights

  • A class of approximately 30 distinguished in-house counsel – known as Fellows – is chosen through an application process to create a well-balanced, high-caliber class.
  • Before the Academy sessions begin, each Fellow will complete the Leadership Circle Profile™ 360 assessment and have a debrief on the results and a coaching session to develop a professional leadership plan.
  • Each Fellow is also part of a cohort group of no more than six Fellows to reinforce and optimize learning and to support one another’s professional growth and development.
  • The Academy provides a highly interactive learning environment, designed to engage, challenge and connect Academy Fellows over the course of the program.
  • Sessions are led by nationally recognized faculty, recruited because of their expertise and ability to translate concepts into practical takeaways.  Members of the Academy Board of Advisors participate in each session to connect the learnings to the reality of the in-house environment by providing insights, perspectives, examples, and pointers.

When And Where

The Academy consists of an Academy orientation that takes place in October and an intro session in November, and core Academy Modules from January through September (with no session in August).

All sessions are held in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (most are in the District) with a Zoom option for those who cannot be on-site -- unless current conditions require that we meet virtually.

There also is work between sessions that Fellows do individually and/or with their cohorts, including one topic that each cohort addresses independently on a date it determines.

To download one-page overview about the program, click here.  For details on the schedule, tuition, and commitment involved with the Academy, read The Fine Print.

sung-kim"The lessons learned, experiences gained, and new professional relationships formed as a result of the Leadership Academy were invaluable and exceeded my expectations.  I know I can continue to draw upon these assets throughout my leadership journey, and that has given me greater confidence to seek out and engage in new leadership opportunities."

Sung T. Kim
Class of 2018 Fellow
Senior Associate General Counsel
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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