The Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programing for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations. The three-day program educates, develops and connects selected participants, and can increase the likelihood for rapid career progression within college sports.
At ELS, you explore the role of NCAA governance, including the differences in the divisions and the role of conference offices, and you also get the opportunity to identify, and network with, key decision makers within college athletics.
You will also explore topics such as self-awareness and group dynamics, and along with a large group of your peers, evaluate their impact on the leadership within athletics departments. Through this exposure, you will return to your current role with the applicable skills and knowledge that will help you succeed in the next steps to becoming a college athletics professional.
The 2016 Emerging Leaders Seminar will be held in January 27-29, at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The online application opens on Thursday, Sept. 4. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 9, 2015. Click here to access the online application via NCAA Program Hub.
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For more information about the selection process, click here (PDF).
The NCAA will cover the cost of hotel accommodations, meals during the program and program materials for the 200 selected participants. All participants will room with another participant of the same gender. Selected participants will be responsible to cover the cost of transportation to and from the program.
Applicants must currently be an intern or a graduate assistant within athletics departments at member institutions, conference offices, NCAA affiliate organizations or the NCAA national office. Individuals must also have completed a bachelor’s degree.
Sept. 4, 2015: Application opens
Oct. 9, 2015: Application closes; materials due
November 16, 2015: ELS participants notified
January 27-29, 2016: 2016 ELS Program
For more information about the Emerging Leaders Seminar, please contact NCAA leadership development via email at LDevelopment@ncaa.org.