NCA is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Future Leadership Program

NCA has begun its search for the five young professionals who will make up the Future Leadership Program’s class of 2017.

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Now through Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, young professionals are invited to apply for the NCA’s class of 2017 Future Leadership Program. Five young professionals (40 and under) in the confectionery industry will be selected to receive support, education, access and opportunity throughout this year-long accelerated leadership program.

The Future Leadership Program is an initiative by the Association’s Young Professionals Network and supported by the National Confectionery Sales Association.

Fostering industry growth and advancement, Future Leaders will engage in a formal mentorship with an esteemed member of the industry personally selected for them by the YPN committee. The selected young professionals will also attend NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, Sweets & Snacks Expo, Washington Forum and the Candy Hall of Fame, all of which offer exceptional professional development opportunities through networking and education.

“The Future Leadership Program provides a unique opportunity for talented young professionals to access new networks and expand their leadership role within the profession,” said John Downs, NCA president and CEO. “The program aligns perfectly with a key component of our mission to advance the confectionery industry and I look forward to interacting with the next class of Future Leaders.”

Launched last year, NCA’s Future Leadership Program has garnered praise for its commitment to the next generation of confectionery leaders. The inaugural class of 2016 features Sarah Atkinson from Atkinson Candy Co., Elizabeth Clair from Barry Callebaut, Amy Guittard from Guittard Chocolate Co., Byard Ebling from Shankman & Associates and Chris Jenco from Jenco Brothers’ Candy.

More information about the Future Leadership Program and the YPN can be found on NCA’s website.

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