Program Overview

The ACC National Capital Region Leadership Academy will give you (or a member of your team) the tools and skills you need to optimize your leadership potential and succeed at the highest levels of your organization. The Academy is designed exclusively for the unique leadership challenges and opportunities of in-house counsel.

As a Leadership Academy Fellow, you will:

  • Set your personal growth and leadership goals and develop benchmarks to measure your progress.
  • Hone your emotional intelligence and improve your ability to effectively communicate and influence across teams and in the C-suite.
  • Learn to create and inspire strategic vision, and manage change.
  • Grow your ability to lead and contribute to high-performing teams.
  • Enhance your executive presence and develop an authentic leadership style.
  • Apply best practices for problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Develop skills to become a trusted advisor and to bridge the partner/guardian tension inherent in the in-house role.
  • 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. Each Fellow is also part of a learning cohort of no more than six Fellows to optimize learning and support one another’s professional growth and development.
  • A highly interactive learning environment, designed to engage, challenge and connect Academy Fellows over the nine-month program.
  • Led by nationally recognized faculty, recruited because of their expertise and ability to translate concepts into practical takeaways.

When And Where

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.

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