Leadership Development Academy

Professional Development

Leadership Development Academy


NCPN is dedicated to serving practitioners in Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), adult education, and workforce development initiatives. We strive to streamline and strengthen the Career Pathways message and its implementation across the nation and abroad. To that end, NCPN has created the NCPN Leadership Development Academy (LDA).

The LDA is a year-long professional development program designed to help Career Pathways practitioners develop leadership skills that will equip them to better serve the broader goals of their institutions, communities, and stakeholders.

What is the duration?

December 2023 through October 2024 with culmination at the 2024 NCPN conference

Who should participate?

Participants typically include, but are not limited to, Career Pathways coordinators, CTE and adult education practitioners, occupational deans, workforce development personnel, administrators, and counselors.

How often do we meet?

The LDA meets virtually once a month via Zoom. All sessions will be virtual (with the exception of graduation during the annual NCPN Conference) and will be held 1:00–2:00 eastern on the last Friday of most months. Holidays may require the move from the last Friday of the month in certain cases.

2023—2024 Dates
2023: December 8
2024: January 26, February 23, March 22, April 26, May 31, June 28, August 30, September 27, October (NCPN Conference)

What are the attendance requirements?

Participants are required to attend over half of the sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

What is the cost?

There is a one-time payment of $600, due at the start of the program.

What is the program content?

The LDA focuses on defining and developing key skills of a good leader. Topics of discussion will include: assessing who you are as a leader; crisis leadership; how to motivate, inspire, and empower your team; the importance of communication in leadership; how to incorporate creativity and innovation in leadership strategies and leading a multi-generational team, to name a few. Guest presenters will share their insights and evidence-based strategies for becoming a great leader in any profession.


Claudia Maness, NCPN Director (cdmaness@cord.org)

Lisa Williams, LDA Chair (lmdconsulting23@gmail.com)