Emerging Leaders Academy

ELA Grads June 2012
Graduates of the fall 2013 Academy


**Now enrolling for fall 2014! Class meeting schedule availble here.**
Application deadline: August 25

The Emerging Leaders Academy is a talent management program targeted to promising, non-supervisory/non-managerial staff to help them prepare for leadership roles in their departments and organizations. Participants meet together ten times over five months, with classes designed to help them hone their skills for positions of increasing responsibility while also growing their effectiveness in their current roles.

ELA participants gain knowledge and skills in leadership, organizational dynamics, communication, and career planning to help them identify and achieve their professional goals while equipping them with tools to make even stronger contributions to their organizations. Agencies who invest in sending staff to ELA gain a more prepared and engaged talent pool to draw from for the future, a critical need as many leaders in public service organizations move toward retirement.

We offer ELA twice each year, with one session in the spring and one in the fall. The fall 2014 session will begin in September, with classes meeting in Topeka and in the Kansas City area. Click here for the fall 2014 meeting schedule.

Contact Noel Rasor, ELA Program Director, if you'd like to be notified about dates for future sessions of ELA or if you have questions about the program.

  Dawnishia Graduation  
Dawnishia Canady (center), contact representative with the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Resource Center, receives her ELA certificate from Charles Jones, director of the KUPMC, and Noel Rasor (right), program director for the Emerging Leaders Academy. Click here for more photos from the June 2012 ELA graduation in our Facebook album.

Why ELA?

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, the Emerging Leaders Academy is more than just a series of professional development classes. Each class builds on the ideas from previous meetings to create a broad, practical understanding of working in public service environments that meet the needs of our communities and citizens. Grounded in hands-on activities, each meeting offers valuable takeaways focused on both immediate practical use and long term career success.

Benefits to Participants

Participants in ELA:

  • Position themselves to move into positions of increasing responsibility within their organizations
  • Meet with and learn from experienced practitioners
  • Broaden their scope of understanding of elements crucial to successful careers in public service
  • Identify new ways to apply their strengths in their workplaces to increase job satisfaction while strenthening their contributions to their organizations.
  • Prepare themselves to handle tomorrow's challenges with a stronger understanding of the public sector/public service environment
  • Better understand how they can positively influence organizational culture to achieve the agency's mission
  • Prepare themselves to compete for promotional opportunities and to be successful in taking on new responsibilities

Benefits to Sponsoring Agencies

  • A prepared "next generation" ready to step up as baby boomers retire.
  • Increased engagement of promising staff who recognize the organization's commitment to their growth
  • Employees with greater understanding of the breadth and scope of public service and how their work fits into the larger picture.
  • A stronger understanding of the skills and goals of your team members and what they need from you to be effective

ELA students

Enrollment Information

Enrollment in the Emerging Leaders Academy requires submission of a complete Application Form PDF Document , a letter from the applicant indicating the intent to participate fully and complete all program requirements, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant's supervisor. Please send application materials to the contact information on the application form.

Program Cost

The program fee for the Emerging Leaders Academy is $1,150; the KU staff rate is $875. This fee covers all class meetings and related materials. The additional cost to organizations sending staff is the staff time away from the office for the 10 days of training. The PMC recognizes this challenge so we work to ensure an immediate return for agencies in skill enhancement and engagement. ELA graduates bring new ideas and a renewed sense of commitment to their work, and this is evident to their supervisors. Once an organization or department sends one or two staff members to ELA, they generally prioritize sending additional staff to future sessions because of the results they see.

Questions? Please contact Noel Rasor at 913-897-8460 or noel@ku.edu.

ELA Curriculum
ELA Schedule
Comments from Past Participants


Program Accessibility: We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call 785-864-6864 to discuss your needs at least two weeks before the start of the program if possible.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Before applying for this course, please make sure that you understand our cancellation and refund policy.

KUPMC Emerging Leaders Academy


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.