The Fine Print


All sessions will take place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, unless conditions require that meetings take place virtually.

The schedule of sessions for the Class of 2022 is:

  • Orientation:  Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • Intro Module, Developing a Personal Brand: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • Module 1, Fundamentals of Being a Leader -- Authentic and Inclusive Leadership; Networking and Developing Strategic Relationships: Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28, 2022
  • Module 2, Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Communication: Thursday, March 3, 2022
  • Module 3, Developing and Leading a High Performing Team: Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • Module 4, Creating & Inspiring Vision; Leading & Managing Change:  Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Module 5, Managing Difficult Conversations and Influencing Stakeholders: Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • Module 6, Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making: Thursday, June 23, 2022
  • Module 7, Executive Presence and Presentation Skills: Thursday, July 28, 2022
  • Module 8 Capstone, My Journey to Leadership Mastery: Friday, September 16, 2022

In-person sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Virtual sessions will be shorter. The sessions for the Class of 2023 will follow a similar cadence.

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

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 Class of 2023 Fellows will be $5,250 for ACC NCR members. (The cost of a one-year membership in ACC and ACC NCR will be added to that fee for non-members. NOTE: Candidates must be eligible for ACC membership.)

In addition to the Academy sessions, tuition includes: "360" and behavioral styles assessments; two coaching sessions, and a one-year subscription to the Harvard Business Review.

Candidates who are not planning to personally cover the cost of the Academy are encouraged to seek financial support from their organizations before applying.  For the Class of 2023, limited financial aid may be available to reduce the tuition for applicants who are self-paying at least a portion of the tuition and require assistance due to financial need. Need to justify the expense of the Academy to your supervisor or GC/CLO?  We've created a customizable letter and "Make the Case" document to help you get their 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” 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.

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.
  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. 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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