The National Association of Counties (NACo) is now accepting enrollments for the fall cohort of the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy.

The program is a 12-week, online leadership development series led by General Colin Powell empowers commissioners, chairs, judges, and other frontline county government professionals with fundamental, practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and residents.

Curriculum covers best practices in leadership, organizational development and change management, negotiation and collaboration, effective business communication, and delivery of increased value from high performance county management. Content was developed collaboratively through Professional Development Academy, Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders, world-renowned academics and thought leaders, and tailored specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities participants encounter through their service in county government. 

Gilliam County Judge, Elizabeth Farrar, an alumna from the August 2019 cohort, commented, “the lessons on positive leadership, change management, and the mutual gains approach to negotiation were so timely and relevant to my position as a public servant and leader.”

To date, 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties have participated in the program.

NACo is currently enrolling for the September cohort, and is offering counties scholarship opportunities. The first county employee to participate is eligible for a full scholarship. An additional scholarship is available for enrollment of two employees at the cost of one enrollment fee.

The fall cohort will run from September 14, 2020 through December 18, 2020.

Several counties have engaged county employees in the program already. Coos Health and Wellness Director, Mike Rowley, who completed the program in April of 2019 said of the program, “the course content itself was the most valuable part of this program. There was a lot of great information that was immediately usable in my day-to-day work. I plan on going back over the material again and again.” 

To view the September cohort program, click here.

For more information on the program, click here

To claim your scholarship and for more information, contact Ben Graves

Contributed by: Megan Chuinard | Public Affairs Associate