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NCBC is piloting a new program called the LEAD Academy. Space is limited to 45 participants for the pilot. Click here for a course description.

The LEAD Academy is a four-month program for non-supervisory NCBC members. The program helps court employees gain essential leadership skills to take on greater responsibilities in their current position. The program begins on May 20, 2019.

The application process for the LEAD Academy closed on April 19, 2019. Applicants will be notified via email of acceptance decisions the week of April 22, 2019. In order to participate in the LEAD Academy, you must attend the NCBC Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, from August 5-8, including the all-day pre-conference LEAD Academy Workshop on August 5, 2019.

Participants applying for the program must obtain approval from court management if using court resources, such as time, travel costs, and/or supervisors as mentors. Some materials will require out-of-pocket expenses not to exceed $100.

Leadership skills gained in the LEAD Academy include:

  • Coaching peers and being a positive influence in the workplace

  • Understanding how different teams in the court and Judiciary work together

  • Recognizing the influence of culture and trust in the workplace

  • Leading a team and accomplishing goals with others

  • Improving self-awareness and personal development

The LEAD Academy is comprised of three components:

Mentor Connect:

A Mentor is your partner in applying the skills learned in the LEAD Academy to your current role in the court. Participants and Mentors will receive a workbook with the required pre-conference assignments and discussion questions to guide your learning. Participants and Mentors should connect every two weeks to complete the workbook prior to the NCBC Conference. You may choose your own Mentor or request a Mentor from NCBC.

NCBC Conference Workshops:

An all-day workshop with other LEAD Academy participants will be held on August 5, the day before the regular NCBC conference begins. One LEAD Academy workshop, Leading with your Strengths, is offered during the NCBC conference. The workshops at the conference build on knowledge learned from the pre-conference assignments and discussions with your Mentor. Your attendance is required at all LEAD Academy workshops. 

Self-Development Plan:

After the NCBC Conference, you and your Mentor work together to create a personal self-development plan.

For more information on the program, contact Sandy Smith, LEAD Academy Subcommittee Chair


May 20, 2019 to August 31, 2019

Course Delivery Type

  • Web-Based Training
  • Books/Articles
  • Webinars
  • Workshops at the NCBC Conference


Sandy Smith

Program Application

Closed April 19, 2019

LEAD Academy Subcommittee Members

Sandy Smith, CAEB, Chair
Eric Dixon, INSB
Susan Gallup, WAWB
Kathy Noel, CASB
Woody Parks, MNB
Dailin Pena, FLSB
Anita Pribula, OHNB
Melody Siefert, NMB
Jamie Smith, MNB
Jan Zari, CACB