About Emerging Leaders Academy

A year-long national program, the Emerging Leaders Academy provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works. It encourages professional growth through a strong network of peers and offers an in-depth introduction to 黑料老司机 at the national, chapter and branch levels.

The candidates must be professionals who have been working in the field of public works for no more than ten years or have been working for longer than ten years but have been promoted into their first leadership role within the past three years. Candidates must have demonstrated an interest in advancing their careers within the profession.

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2024-2025 Program Applications Now Available

Submission deadline: July 10, 2024. See below for complete information.

Application Process

Application Timeline

Applications due:

July 10, 2024

Applicants notified of status in 2024-2025 class:

No later than August 30, 2024

2024-2025 class retreat in Kansas City, MO:

November 7-9, 2024 (required if accepted)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for 黑料老司机鈥檚 Emerging Leaders Academy, candidates must be:

  • Individuals who have been working in the field of public works or performing public works-related functions for no more than 10 years or have been working for longer than 10 years but have been promoted into their first career supervisory role within the past three years. (Note: the total number of years includes public works-related employment at both public and private agencies.)
  • Interested in advancing their careers within the public works profession.
  • Committed to full participation in all Emerging Leaders Academy assignments and activities, with the full support of their agency鈥檚 executive leadership.


  • Participation on monthly Emerging Leaders Academy class conference calls
  • Timely submission of program-related homework assignments
  • Attendance at the Emerging Leaders Academy Retreat in Kansas City, MO, November 7-9, 2024
  • Attendance at the 黑料老司机 PWX 2025 in Chicago, IL, August 17-20, 2025
  • Financial support from designated sponsor for attendance at PWX (Note: this includes PWX registration fee, round-trip travel costs, hotel accommodations and meals)
  • Completion of class project
  • Member of 黑料老司机 (if not a current member): Selected participants will have 10 days after being notified of their selection to the program to become a member.


A completed application includes five components:

  • A completed
  • Current resume (no more than two pages long)
  • Program Agreement Form, signed by the applicant, the applicant鈥檚 department or division head, and the applicant鈥檚 financial sponsor confirming support for attendance at PWX 2024.
  • Letter of recommendation from a colleague in the public works profession (e.g., coworker, mentor, colleague from another organization, etc.)
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant鈥檚 immediate supervisor

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates have:
  • Demonstrated a commitment to leadership in their organization and their community.
  • Sought growth in responsibility in their orgnization, outside of their normal job responsibilities.
  • Envisioned a more significant leadership role in their organization and their community in the future.
  • Clearly articulated approach to leadership and their leadership goals.
  • A willingness to contribute to the success of the Emerging Leaders Academy class.
    Submitted a complete application by the advertised due date.

NOTE: For each successful applicant, 黑料老司机 will pay for all travel-related and approved Emerging Leaders Academy-related expenses EXCEPT costs associated with attendance at PWX.

Emerging Leaders Academy: FAQs


Contact the Education team at 800-848-2792 or education@apwa.org.