Volunteer with NACA - NACA® LEAP

Leadership and Effectiveness in Association Practices


Are you ready to make the LEAP to a significant association leadership role?

LEAP is a program designed to prepare leaders for major national volunteer roles and ultimately as candidates for the board of directors, education foundation board of trustees and executive committee positions. If you are contemplating running for either the NACA Board of Directors or NACA Foundation Board of Trustees someday, you are encouraged to apply to LEAP (Leadership and Effectiveness in Association Practices), a year-long program to help participants gain an understanding of association governance and how NACA operates within the higher education association environment. While participation in LEAP is not required for board candidacy, the knowledge gained in the program will enhance your perspective no matter what leadership path you choose.

Each LEAP cohort will have a maximum of 12 participants and will be offered every other year. Participants will benefit from an expanded network of colleagues and gain insight into advanced leadership practices. Cohort members will also be paired with a past NACA Board Chair and have interaction with the current Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Trustees and National Office staff.

The year-long program consists of an in-person component for 2 days prior to the National Convention in Year 1 (February 14-16, 2019), monthly 1-hour webinars (March 2019 – January 2020) and a ½ day program prior to the National Convention in Year 2 (February 2020).

Topics will include:

  • Nonprofit and Association Management
  • Association Governance
  • Association Finance
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trends in Higher Education
  • Foundation Board and Fundraising
  • Characteristics of Board Members
  • The Role of the Board/National Office

NACA® LEAP Application

Contact Ken Brill or beth triplett