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Program Overview

The Leadership CEC program is designed to develop knowledge and leadership skills in CEC members who are new or emerging leaders and have been nominated for participation by a CEC unit or division. 

Intended to strengthen the pool of individuals to serve as future unit and division leaders, learning opportunities are designed for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the CEC organization, its resources (for both individuals and units/divisions), supports available for units/divisions, and leadership functions and competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities). 

Virtual sessions, presented by CEC staff and leadership, include a mix of whole-group and break-out activities designed to help participants engage with each other and ask questions about how CEC operations serve the overall organization. Through its meetings, shared resources, and networking opportunities, Leadership CEC helps strengthen future leadership for CEC's units and divisions and participants’ potential impact.

Learn More About Leadership CEC

Leadership CEC participants will:

  • learn from CEC staff about CEC’s programs and service and how they support CEC’s vision, mission, and strategic plan, and its units/divisions;
  • establish mutually beneficial relationships with leadership peers across CEC;
  • identify new ways to have a purposeful impact in CEC; and
  • collaborate with other inspired leaders to cultivate a successful and effective organization.


  • The program will have 20-25 participants. Preference will be given to ensuring as many units/divisions as possible are represented and to individuals who are new to service, or aspire to serve, in a unit/division. Two participants from one unit/division will occur only if slots would otherwise go unfilled. Nominees’ demographic information will be reviewed to ensure a cohort balance (geographic, unit/division size, gender, etc.)
  • Commit to a one-year program of up to 12 monthly sessions.
  • Complete a participation agreement.
  • Complete a brief goals/interest survey. 
  • Advise the CEC staff program liaison if they are unable to attend a session. 
  • View the session recording if unable to attend a session. 
  • Complete a brief survey following each session.
  • If possible, attend the CEC Convention and Expo and Leadership Institute*

* CEC does not provide financial support for attending these events. 

Participants who attend at least 75% of the sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants who are able to attend the convention will be recognized on stage with other attending cohort participants at the awards luncheon (complimentary ticket provided).

Questions? Please contact Sharon Rodriguez, Director of Governance and Executive Services.


icon quotation by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project

Leadership CEC was a great experience! I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about CEC Leadership and ways to build community. The program definitely helped me build leadership skills and learn about pathways to leadership and ways to further engage in the CEC Community.

Gianna Marshall
Gianna Marshall
Iowa CEC
2023-24 Cohort Member
Last Updated:  13 June, 2024

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