Volunteer with NACA - NACA® LEAP

Leadership and Effectiveness in Association Practices


Are you ready to make the LEAP to association governance?

Aspiring NACA® board members are encouraged to consider LEAP (Leadership and Effectiveness in Association Practices), a year-long program to prepare potential association leaders for one of the most significant volunteer roles within NACA, the board of directors. Participants will develop competencies designed to help them become strategic association leaders in the future. They will gain deeper knowledge of association management and discuss NACA's role within higher education.

Potential knowledge topics include

  • Nonprofit and Association Management
  • Volunteer Service
  • Executive Leadership
  • Association Governance
  • Association Policymaking
  • Association Finance
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Member Services
  • Member Engagement
  • Leading Peers
  • Individual and Group Mentoring
  • Coaching and Shadowing

Each LEAP cohort will be limited to 12 participants and will only be offered every other year. Participants will benefit from an expanded network of colleagues, deepening the roots that grow the association. Graduates will identify individual plans for the future, including senior volunteer leadership goals aimed at a potential seat on the NACA® board of directors, Foundation board or other senior leadership position.

The program consists of workshops and board involvement 1.5 days prior to the National Convention and monthly webinars with reflection held several times leading up to the program date. This program also links participants with a previous NACA board member as a mentor.

Questions? Contact LEAP co-coordinators Dave DeAngelis and beth triplett.


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