• NACE equips society to protect people, assets and
    the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.


NACE Believes in Developing Leaders

Two programs, two ways to hone your leadership skills. Choose the series that aligns your professional development goals with your unique skillset and learning style.

NACE Emerging Leaders Alliance


2018 Alumni

NACE joined the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference (ELA) to offer young professionals training to promote the development of great leaders to guide the future of the corrosion industry. The ELA is a partnership among leading engineering, research, and science organizations that provides high-quality leadership training.

Everyone in attendance is sponsored by one of 9 different member organizations and come from varying backgrounds. Whether you are currently managing and looking to change the culture or you are looking for ways to improve your leadership skills, the ELA will teach you how to be the influencing factor in accomplishing your goals and the goals of your organization.

This year the ELA conference is scheduled for November 3 - 6, 2019 in Falls Church, Virginia.

Learn More About NACE Emerging Leaders Alliance

Topics Include:

  • Becoming an Indispensable Leader
  • Transition from Technical to Management
  • Social Styles
  • How Your Thinking Impacts Your Results
  • Values and Ethics
  • Leading Volunteers

... and much more!

NACE Sponsored Registration

NACE will sponsor* ELA Conference registrations (US $1500 value) for young professionals who are chosen to attend the conference.

*Upon selection, a refundable deposit is required to hold your spot
*travel and lodging expenses are not included

Requirements and Eligibility:

  • Must be current NACE members in good standing
  • Work full-time in the corrosion industry
  • Age 30 years or younger (students NOT included)
  • Ages 31 – 35 may be considered if they have 5 years or less experience in the corrosion industry
  • Complete the application form
  • Include a Letter of Support from the direct supervisor of current employer indicating company’s endorsement of your participation


Application Deadline is May 31, 2019.

For questions about this program, please contact:
Amber McLeod, Membership Coordinator
E-mail: amber.mcleod@nace.org
Phone: +1 281-584-6693


NACE Leadership Program


2017 Leaders

Engage in a four-day program focused on leadership skills and learning how to be an effective leader in your industry. The NACE Leadership Program prepares members to ascend as leaders both in their professional careers and within the Association.

Selected participants will engage in discussion on topics intended to develop their communication and leadership skills.



Learn More About The NACE Leadership Program

NACE will select 24 applicants to attend the NACE International Leadership Program on June 18, 2019 – June 21, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Registration for selected participants is $500. Travel stipends may also be awarded. The application deadline is March 16, 2019.

    Topics Include:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Awareness of Current & Future Industry Trends
  • Association Management & Governance
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Interpersonal Relationship Skills
  • Influencing with Impact
  • And much more...

Cancellation Policy: Paid registrations cancelled in writing at least 35 calendar days in advance of a class will receive a full refund, less a $100 service fee. Paid registrations cancelled in writing 34 to 7 days before a class will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. No refund or credit will be issued on cancellation requests received less than 7 days before a class begins.

Who Should Apply

Anyone interested in advancing their leadership skills and learning how to be an effective leader within the industry and Association should attend this course.


  • Current member in good standing with the Association
  • 3 years of NACE Membership or 5 Years with another engineering society
  • Served at least one term on a formal:
    • NACE International Committee
    • NACE International Institute Committee
    • NACE Foundation Committee
    OR served in a leadership role within a NACE Section/Area OR Served in a volunteer role to support existing NACE programs.

Expectations of Commitment

Participants will have pre-work to complete prior to attending the Leadership Program onsite.

Will commit one term in leadership post program attendance in at least one of the following:

  • Service within a Section
  • Service on an Activity Committee or constituent sub-committee
  • Service on a TCC Committee
  • Service on a BOD ad-hoc committee
  • Service on a Committee of the BOD
  • Service on an Area ad-hoc Committee


Contact Heather Butler, Director, Membership Engagement and Strategic Planning, at Heather.Butler@nace.org with any questions you may have regarding the program, application or selection process.


All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted through the NACE Foundation Academic Works web site. Only completed applications will be considered. Deadline to apply is March 16, 2019.

How to Apply:

  1. Access the NACE AcademicWorks web site.
  2. Click the “Sign Up” or “Sign In” button to begin the application process.
  3. Complete the General Application and select “NACE Leadership Program” to continue the application process.
  4. Click on “Finish and Submit” button to submit your application.
  5. Your application may be edited at any time prior to the application deadline. Login to your account and click on the appropriate application to make your changes. Click “Update Your Application” at the bottom of the page once you have completed changes.