Emerging Leaders Program

Congratulations to the 2021 Class of NSPE Emerging Leaders!

2021 Class of NSPE Emerging Leaders

NSPE is proud to congratulate the third cohort of individuals to complete the NSPE Emerging Leaders Program. This diverse group of high-achieving professionals worked through an intensive program meant to develop their leadership skills and potential. 

Each of the 2021 participants has a unique story and are contributing to the professional engineering field through a variety of roles in all types of national firms.

Learn more about this year’s future leaders.

Apply to the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program

Registration closed on August 31, 2022.

Take your career to the next level and demonstrate your value to employers as an NSPE Emerging Leader!

The NSPE Emerging Leaders Program develops the next generation of engineers to fulfill NSPE’s mission to “create a world where the public can be confident that engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals.” Experienced engineers know that engineering decisions are made throughout a project timeline and often require more than just technical expertise. Skills in communicating, team development, and continually providing feedback and advice deliver the best results.

This national program features an intensive five-month program with guided instruction and mentorship to engineers seeking to expand their skills through:

  • Examining personal strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Defining leadership and its application in their environment
  • Building personal ownership and motivation
  • Developing cohesive, high-functioning teams
  • Communicating successfully with colleagues and clients
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Delivering effective presentations

Working through real work-life scenarios and discussions with the group and mentor-led teams will prepare participants to excel and stand out in the workplace and improve their leadership qualities. Participants will meet virtually January through May 2023 and work through related assignments using an online learning platform.

Program Oversight: NSPE Emerging Leader Program Task Force
Program Facilitators: Mark Cook, Ph.D., CrossGroup
Program Facilitators: Kyle Womack, P.E., F.NSPE, CrossGroup

Who Attends?

Emerging leaders are early-career professionals with 5–8 years of experience in the engineering field who are prepared to think strategically about their career and beginning to assume leadership roles in the industry. Selected participants come from a variety of firms with a range of engineering expertise.  Before applying, prospective candidates are encouraged to seek the support of their employers in allowing appropriate time to commit to the program.

Important Dates

  • June 2022 – Course syllabus available; Application website open
  • August 31, 2022 – Application deadline
  • October 12, 2022 – Participants notified of selection
  • October 26, 2022 – Registration fees due
  • Late-November/Early-December – Orientation meeting for selected participants
  • January – May 2023 – Selected participants complete leadership syllabus
  • August 2023 – Participants attend the national Professional Engineers Conference (PECon) – Location TBD

Registration Fees

  • NSPE Member – $950.00
  • Non-member – $1,249.00 (includes a one-year membership)

Several scholarships funded by the NSPE Education Foundation will be available to eligible candidates. More information about qualifying for this support will be provided when the application site opens.


Successful candidates who complete the program will receive a press release (sample) acknowledging their status as a NSPE Emerging Leader and be invited to join the ELP Alumni Community populated by all former graduates of the program. This growing and vibrant community at NSPE will continue to engage in conversations about successes and challenges in the workplace and network with their peers. NSPE leaders also seek input from emerging leaders who are beginning to serve in leadership positions at local, state, and national levels and can help shape programs for other members.

2023 NSPE Emerging Leaders Program Syllabus

When applying to the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program, candidates will affirm their availability to attend all events listed on the syllabus (40-hour commitment). The program is a mixture of facilitator-led sessions and collaborative follow-up sessions with assigned mentors culminating in participants creating a 100-day plan to implement their new knowledge. Upon completion, successful candidates will join their colleagues in the ELP Alumni community.

2023 ELP Schedule*

November 30, 2022, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Introduction and Orientation for ELP mentors

December 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Introduction, Preparation, and Orientation for ELP participants

January 4, 2023, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Session 1: Personal Leadership

January 18, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Mentoring session: Personal Leadership

February 1, 2023, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Session 2: Developing High Performing Teams

February 15, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Mentoring session: Developing High Performing Teams

March 1, 2023, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Session 3: Meaningful Dialogue with Difficult Conversations

March 15, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Mentoring session: Meaningful Dialogue with Difficult Conversations

April 5, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Session 4: Giving and Receiving Feedback

April 19, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Mentoring session: Giving and Receiving Feedback

May 10, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Session 5: 100-day Plan Presentations

August – NSPECon 2023 (Time and Location TBD)
ELP Alumni Events at Annual Conference

*Adjustments to the schedule, if necessary, will be made in consultation with participants and mentors.