Emerging Leaders Program

ACEC Hawaii's Emerging Leaders Program is focused on developing the next generation of engineering leaders in Hawaii.


Geared towards Hawaii’s future engineering leaders, the ACECH Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an intensive nine-session program conducted over a 12-month period. The program was established in 2018 and has graduated two cohorts consisting of approximately 40 students in total.

Each session consists of an all-day workshop held every six weeks in a roundtable classroom environment. The program format allows participants to absorb what is learned and apply it to their jobs in the time between sessions. In addition, the time between sessions is also needed for reading course materials and small group assignments. The sessions typically follow the same schedule, consisting of group “check-ins”, small group discussions, book reviews, lunch speakers, and afternoon course topics. Topics include personal mastery and emotional intelligence, building and leading high-performing teams, marketing and communications, business development, contracts and risk management, financial management, and government affairs.

Applying for the ACECH Emerging Leaders Program consists of completing an online application form with basic information, including contact information, education, employment history, and a brief questionnaire. A short conference call with the program facilitators may also be conducted at the discretion of the selection committee. All candidates are notified of their application status within a few weeks after the application closing date. 

Selected candidates need to have the full support from their firm leadership and should make a commitment to attend all nine sessions. The tuition fee includes all course materials, books, lunches and refreshments. 

Applications for our third cohort, set to start in January 2022, are no longer being received. If you are interested in enhancing your career and boosting your firm’s success, please complete our online contact form. For more information on the program, download this flyer.