NCA's Young Professionals Network Launches Future Leadership Program

Aug. 11, 2015

The National Confectioners Association is proud to announce the Future Leadership Program, a new initiative by the Association’s Young Professionals Network to foster industry growth and career advancement. The program will provide support, education, access and opportunity to five deserving future leaders (40 and under) in the confectionery industry.

“A key element of NCA’s mission is to advance the confectionery industry, and the Future Leadership Program achieves that,” said NCA President and CEO John Downs. “This program will identify emerging young talent in our industry and facilitate an environment where they can learn from respected and experienced leaders within their profession.”

During the year-long program, Future Leaders will attend NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, Sweets & Snacks Expo and Washington Forum, all of which offer exceptional development opportunities through education and networking. In addition, program participants will engage in a formal mentorship with a well-respected industry professional selected for them by the YPN Committee.

Applications for the 2015-2016 class of Future Leaders are now being accepted. Employees of current NCA member companies aged 40 and under are encouraged to apply by October 2, 2015. The five individuals chosen to participate will be notified in December.

“The Future Leadership Program is a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to learn and network from the most respected and influential leaders within the confectionery industry,” said Michael Flynn, co-chair of NCA’s Young Professionals Network committee and director of marketing and business development at Stribbons, Inc. “The YPN committee is proud to launch a program that has the potential to make a significant impact on the careers of young professionals in our industry.”

More information about YPN and the Future Leadership Program can be found on NCA’s website.

About the National Confectioners Association (NCA): 

The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization representing the $35 billion U.S. confections industry. With members in more than 40 states employing approximately 70,000 workers in more than 1,000 facilities across the U.S., NCA exists to advance, protect and promote the confectionery industry. NCA and its members value the fun and enjoyment of chocolate, candy, gum and mints, serving as a transparent and trustworthy source while building and promoting a responsible industry. As the leading trade association for the industry, NCA is proud of the role it plays in the public’s understanding and appreciation of candy’s unique role in a happy, balanced lifestyle.