Future Leadership Program Application


The application period for the 2020 Future Leadership Class has now closed.

Thank you for your interest; applications for the 2021 Class will open late summer 2020.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Mandie Middleton at or call (202) 534-1440.

NCA’s Future Leadership Program awards five deserving young professionals (40 and under) an exclusive opportunity for networking and professional development. For one year, future leaders receive recognition among their colleagues and a hand-selected professional industry mentor, as well as complimentary registration to NCA’s three signature events and the Candy Hall of Fame weekend.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Opportunity is open to current employees of NCA member companies and qualified retail customers
  • Candidates must be 40 years of age or under as of January 1, 2020
  • Candidates must have at least three (3) cumulative years of experience in the confectionery industry as of January 1, 2020
  • Candidates must demonstrate commitment and dedication to the confectionery industry
  • Candidates must have aspirations for executive leadership within the confectionery industry
  • 75-100 words
  • 75-100 words
    If selected as a future leader, this information will be used to help determine your mentor.

  • Resume Submission

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.

  • Applicants are required to submit two essays

  • All applicants must respond to question 1. For question 2, applicants have the choice of answering 2A or 2B.
  • Tell us about your reasons for applying to the NCA Future Leadership Program. Be specific in your response.
    Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Letter of Recommendation 1 - A professional letter that speaks to your career accomplishments thus far and comes from someone within the industry.

    Letter of Recommendation 2 - A letter that speaks to your character and can come from someone within or outside of the confectionery industry.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mandie Middleton or call (202) 534-1440.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf.

  • Letter of intent

  • NCA’s Future Leadership Program is a privilege designed to provide support, education, access and opportunity to young professionals who wish to advance into the ranks of leadership within the confectionery industry. If selected as a Future Leader, please confirm your intent to:
    • Attend NCA’s State of the Industry Conference: March 1-3, 2020 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo: May 19-21, 2020 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend NCA’s Washington Forum: September 2020 (registration complimentary)
    • Attend the Candy Hall of Fame weekend: October 2020 (registration complimentary)
    • Actively participate in a formal mentorship with an industry leader (facilitated by NCA)
    Checking this box and entering your initials confirms that you have read the NCA Future Leadership Program requirements and, if selected, commit to fully participate in all expectations outlined for program participants.