PACA Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2023 - Applications Due This Friday

Applications are now being accepted for the PACA Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2023!

A few FAQs

1. Wait - isn't PELA and YLDG the same thing???

The answer is a resounding NO! Emerging Leaders are different than Young Leaders. Young Leaders are that - YOUNG - under the age of 40. Emerging Leaders have no age limit, no age restrictions. You can have anyone in your company step into a leadership role at any point in their career regardless of their age. Remember, Emerging Leaders are not necessarily Young Leaders and Young Leaders are not necessarily Emerging Leaders.

2. How much time do I need to commit to PELA?

The answer is - 10 months. 8 months of in-person classroom time, including the Annual Meeting in November (attendance is required at the Annual Meeting and graduation ceremony) and 2 months of online sessions. These in-person events are 1.5 days with one overnight in most cases - sometimes 2 overnights if you need to come in the evening before start time.

3. Is there any new components to the application process for 2023?

The answer to this is a resounding YES! Instructions are included with the application and nomination form - please be sure to review the instruction sheet before completing the application and nomination forms.

4. When are submissions due?

The three requirements to apply are all due to Kallie Kline by no later than close of business THIS Friday, January 6th.

5. What is the cost to be a student in PELA?

Tuition is $1100 per student, plus hotel stays, travel, etc. Meals are provided by the association thanks to the generous donations made by PACA member companies.

Have additional questions? Contact Kallie Kline.

As a reminder, each class is capped at 20 students per year. Members of the PELA Board of Trustees will review the applications, the nominations and the elevator pitch style/marketing branding submissions and choose the final roster for the Class of 2023 in mid-January. Notifications will come out shortly thereafter and the first session will be held in State College on February 17, 2023.


PELA Donations Will Close On January 31st

Support the future leaders of the industry by becoming a PELA Donor in 2023.

Donations are used for a multitude of things including bringing in expert speakers to enhance the curriculum for the students of PELA, expenses related to conducting this 10-month program, to show the emerging leaders that our industry backs their growth and encourages their development and SO MUCH MORE!

There are three levels of support and there are no restrictions to the number of companies per level this year. The Cornerstone Level is $2500. The Sponsor level is $1500. And, finally, the Friend Level is $500. Want to show extra support - choose more than one level or purchase more than one sponsorship. You choose!

DONATE TODAY! Last day to donate is January 31st.

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