The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) provides a unique opportunity for orientation, transition, and retention professionals to participate in a year-long professional development program in preparation for future NODA leadership participation. 

The program is generally for professionals who possess less than 4 years of professional experience in orientation, transition, and retention, and is not open to graduate or undergraduate students or professionals who currently hold or previously held an appointed or elected position in NODA. We recognize that many professionals have significant professional experience in higher education, but our primary goal is to serve emerging professionals in the field. This cohort program is built to prepare future Association leaders and promote involvement within the profession while introducing participants to a variety of topics impacting our field.

Application for the 2024/2025 cohort will open Fall 2024.

Learning Outcomes and Curriculum

The curriculum of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was developed and is currently guided by the leadership needs of the Association. The ELP curriculum is framed to help future leaders gain an understanding of opportunities within the association as well as the skills and knowledge they need to step into leadership roles and balance volunteerism with full-time professional work.

After successfully completing the Emerging Leaders Program, participants will:

  • Understand the structure of the Association and the process for applying to leadership roles within the organization.
  • Be equipped with skills and tools necessary to pursue leadership positions within the Association.
  • Be able to engage in thought-provoking discussions surrounding current events in the field of orientation, transition, and retention.
  • Understand how personal values influence leadership styles and play a role in leadership or volunteer positions.


Any questions about the Emerging Leaders Program can be directed to the Leadership Development Committee at