Rising Leaders Program

The Rising Leaders Program (RLP) is a professional development experience for both secondary school and college/university admission colleagues. The RLP is an opportunity to come together, develop new leadership and management skills, and gain new tools to become even more well-informed, independent and motivated professionals and become more involved in the leadership and programming in the college admissions profession.

Unlike other NEACAC professional development programs, participants work closely with an assigned,  experienced mentor over the course of an entire year.  During the program, participants meet and become acquainted with their assigned mentor, attend leadership development sessions, and are introduced to the curriculum for the following year, which includes working on a project of their choosing which may address an issue they wish to tackle in college admissions or may support NEACAC programs already in progress. Subsequent to the summer program,  Rising Leaders and their mentors meet or communicate on a regular basis to work through their project and address issues and challenges we all face in our professional lives. The program focuses on the development of communication skills, managing roles and expectations, organization and time management, networking,  and ethical leadership. 

 The 2019 RLP Participants at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
The 2019 RLP Participants at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

This year’s Rising Leaders Program will be held virtually Wednesday, June 23rd & Thursday, June 24th*. The program is best suited for professionals already engaged in the college admission and counseling fields for 3-6 years who wish to become leaders in the field, at their institutions, and within NEACAC. Space is limited to approximately 12-15 participants, paired with 6-8 mentors, and there is no cost for participation. 

Interested in nominating a colleague?  Please email Jamie Dutton, 2021 RLP Chair, at [email protected].

Interested in applying as a mentor or participant?  Please submit a mentor application or participant application.  

Applications are due by February 15, 2021.


*The Rising Leaders Program is held every other year.