The Fine Print


All sessions will take place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with a Zoom option for those who cannot be on-site -- unless conditions require that meetings take place virtually.

The schedule of sessions for the Class of 2024 is:

  • Orientation:  Thursday, October 5, 2023
  • Intro Module, Developing a Personal Brand: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Module 1, Authentic, Inclusive & Connected - Fundamentals of Being a Leader: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23 and 24, 2024
  • Module 2, Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Communication: Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Module 3, Developing and Leading a High Performing Team: Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Module 4, Creating & Inspiring Vision; Leading & Managing Change:  Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Module 5, Managing Difficult Conversations and Influencing Stakeholders: Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Module 6, Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Module 7, Executive Presentation Skills: Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • Module 8 Capstone, My Journey to Leadership Mastery: Friday, September 13, 2024

In-person sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virtual sessions will be shorter. The sessions for the Class of 2025 will follow a similar cadence.

In between sessions, Fellows have assignments to do individually and/or with their learning cohort groups.

Fellows complete a 360 assessment process and receive a debrief of their results and a coaching session during the summer and fall preceding the start of the their Academy sessions.


Tuition for the Class of 2025 will be $5,500 for ACC NCR members and $5,900 for non-members (which includes one year of membership in ACC and ACC NCR).  This is the same tuition we charged for the Class of 2024. NOTE: Candidates must be eligible for ACC membership.

In addition to the Academy program sessions, tuition includes an individual "360" assessment and a behavioral styles assessment, two coaching sessions, and a one-year subscription to the Harvard Business Review.

Candidates who are not planning to self-pay the cost of the Academy are encouraged to seek financial support from their organizations before applying. For applicants who are self-paying at least a portion of the tuition and require assistance due to financial need, limited financial aid may be available to reduce the tuition and/or a payment plan may be arranged.

Need to justify the expense of the Academy to your organization?  We've created a customizable letter and "Make the Case" document to help you get its support.


The Leadership Academy is a robust cohort-based leadership development program that will take place over a 12-month period. In addition to participating in dynamic sessions led by the Academy faculty, Fellows will engage in small group activities, both at the main sessions and in assigned “cohort” learning groups to prepare for sessions.

Cohort work is a critical component of the program and how much of the hands-on leadership development will be accomplished. The assigned cohorts are small, with 5-6 individuals in each, and the success of the program depends on full participation in the cohort group as well as the faculty-led sessions. A Fellow’s failure to meet their obligations to their cohort will affect their own, as well as other Fellows’, experience and learning continuity.

We estimate no more than 8-10 hours of preparation time each month and believe that the course assignments will not present an undue burden for Fellows. Unless otherwise noted, Academy sessions run a full day and attendance in-person is expected.

Consequently, upon acceptance to the Academy, each Fellow will be asked to acknowledge and agree as follows:

  1. I am committed to attending and fully participating in all Academy events, including meetings with my cohort group in between the formal Academy sessions. If a situation arises that prevents my attendance at any Academy activity, I will notify Ilene Reid as soon as I become aware of the situation. Full participation may include some or all of the following requirements: independent reading; in-person or video meeting with the cohort group between sessions; additional casework and video presentations.
  2. I am committed to arriving at each Academy session and cohort meeting with an open and inquiring mind, a willingness to learn and a respectful attitude towards the opinions of the other Fellows and the faculty.
  3. I am committed to completing all course assignments within the time frame specified by the faculty and my cohort, as appropriate, and to providing feedback on each Module and the overall program.
  4. I am committed to securing the necessary time away from my place of employment and other work and personal obligations in order to attend all Academy sessions (whether conducted in-person or virtually) and to arrive timely and be present for the full day of each session. I understand that this commitment will require: two (2) half-days for the Academy Orientation and Introductory Module; nine (9) full-day sessions; two (2) or three (3) evening events; and cohort meetings between sessions. If a session is held in-person, I will make every effort to attend on-site. I am committed to full engagement at each session and cohort meeting, and will minimize interruptions and distractions, including limiting or avoiding checking e-mail, taking or making calls, etc., during the active part of each session and cohort meeting. I understand that there will be limited breaks to attend to time-urgent matters.
  5. I have informed my professional manager and business clients (where appropriate) of these commitments.

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