Emerging Leaders Academy

A year-long national program, the Emerging Leaders Academy provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works. It encourages professional growth through a strong network of peers, and offers an in-depth introduction to APWA at the national, chapter and branch levels.

The candidates must be professionals who have been working in the field of public works for ten years or less and those who have demonstrated an interest in advancing their careers within the profession.

“The APWA Emerging Leaders Academy provided a wealth of great information, and gave us the opportunity to network with other public works professionals from around the country. Overall, I believe the information we gained will help guide all who participated throughout their careers in public works."

        -Jason Calbert, Assistant Administrator, Street Division, Newport News, VA



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Pre-Application  Conference Call Scheduled

Candidates wishing to submit an application must participate in a brief conference call to discuss the full implications of the program on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Email Becky Stein for call-in information.

How To Apply

Application & Selection Process
Application Form
Program Agreement Form


2015-2016 Academy Dates

July 30, 2015                                                     Pre-application Conference Call
August 14, 2015                                               Applications Due
September 21, 2015                                        Selected Applicants Notified
October 8, 2015                                                First Conference Call
November 12-14, 2015                                   Retreat Kansas City, Missouri
August 28-31, 2016                                         Congress Minneapolis, Minnesota

Emerging Leader Graduates

Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Class of 2013

Class of 2012

Class of 2011
Class of 2010
Class of 2009
Class of 2008



Class Projects

ELA VIII Final Report

ELA VII Final Report
ELA VI Final Report
ELA V Final Report
ELA IV Final Report



Emerging Leaders Academy
American Public Works Association
1200 Main, Ste 1400
Kansas City, MO 64105-2100

Becky Stein
DCS Program Manager
800-848-2792, ext. 5212