Emerging Leader Training Program


Emerging leaders whose span of influence and impact is growing in a meaningful way and can benefit from learning leadership best practices and tools through a vetted curriculum, expanding their peer network, and learning about the operations of other utilities.

Experience Overview

The emerging leader training is a multi-month experience comprised of in-person and virtual interactions. The program operates on a cohort model, with several utilities selecting a few participants to form a class of 15-20 people. Several cohorts from around the country experience the program at the same time, presenting opportunities for water sector collaboration regionally and nationally. Wiley’s Work of Leaders is used as the framework for a curriculum that moves through four modules (discovering self, crafting a vision, building alignment, championing execution) and the program incorporates a variety of interactions including peer-to-peer networking, mentors, speakers, and tours. The program concludes by identifying specific strategies for applying leadership learning in the workplace.

Outlined Schedule


Program orientation (1, 90-minute virtual session)


Complete program assessments (done on own time)


  • Discovering Self Learning Module (1.5 day in-person event with assigned cohort)
  • Location: A participating utility (host site TBD)

February – April:

  • Crafting a Vision Learning Module (3, 90-minute virtual sessions)
  • Building Alignment Learning Module (3, 90-minute virtual sessions)
  • Championing Execution Learning Module (3, 90-minute virtual sessions)

Late April:

  • Application Learning Module (2 day in-person event with all national participants)
  • Location: Cincinnati, OH


Coaching Call
Participants will have access to one, 60-minute, one-to-one coaching call with their program facilitator that can be used at any time throughout the program.

Expected Outcomes

  • Growth in confidence and self-awareness
  • A stronger peer network within and outside organization
  • Increased understanding of diverse work styles
  • Ability to move initiatives from idea, to action, to results
  • Ability to rally and inspire others to action (sometimes without formal authority)


$3,950 per participant + travel expenses for 2 trips to attend two, in-person sessions. ($4,150 + travel for non-NACWA members)


Enroll by Oct. 13, 2023. A program orientation will take place in November 2023 and the programming will begin in January of 2024.

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