Rising Leaders Program

The Rising Leaders Program (RLP) is NEACAC's most recent Professional Development experience for both secondary school and college/university admission colleagues. The RLP is an opportunity to come together, develop new leadership and management skills, and gain new tools to become even more well-informed, independent and motivated professionals to enhance their skills and become more involved in the leadership and programming in the profession.

Unlike other NEACAC professional development programs, participants work closely with an assigned, highly experienced mentor over the course of an entire year.  During the kick-off, participants meet and become acquainted with their assigned mentor, attend leadership development sessions, and are introduced to the curriculum for the following year. Subsequent to the kick-off, Rising Leaders and their Mentors meet or communicate on a regular basis to work through a comprehensive leadership curriculum addressing issues and challenges we all face in our professional lives. The program focuses on the development of public speaking and communication skills, managing roles and expectations, organization and time management, networking,  ethical leadership, data analysis and budget management.

The 2017 RLP Participants

The RLP is best suited for professionals already engaged in the college admission and counseling fields for 3-6 years who wish to become leaders in the field,  at their institutions, and within NEACAC. Space is limited to approximately 12-15 participants, paired with 6-8 mentors. 

Do you know a rising leader who would be a good fit for this program? If you would like to recommend someone for this program, please email Laura Duffy, Rising Leaders Program Chair, at: [email protected]


The RLP Mentor application is now live! Apply here. 


If you have any questions about this program or the application process, please email Laura Duffy, Rising Leaders Program Chair, at: [email protected]