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PACA Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2024 - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Applications are now being accepted for the PACA Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2024!

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. A copy of the Academic Calendar is included in this e-blast.

3. Is there any new components to the application process for 2024?

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 on Friday, January 5th.

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 2024 in mid-January. Notifications will come out shortly thereafter and the first session will be held in State College on February 22, 2024.


Become a PELA Donor in 2024!

Help shape the future of the PACA Emerging Leaders Academy and its ever-expanding curriculum by becoming a PELA Donor.

Levels are Cornerstone Level ($2500), Sponsor Level ($1500) and Friend Level ($500).

The Donor Program will assist in the cost of instructors and added speakers, travel, expanded curriculum, meals and other opportunities for the members of the 2024 PELA class.


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