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The NRECA Executive Leadership Program is a comprehensive, multidiscipline, leadership program that offers an immersive world-class education experience exclusively for the most senior electric cooperative leaders. It is taught by some of the best educators in the world from the Kellogg School of Management, ranked the #2 executive MBA program in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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Designed exclusively for CEOs/GMs, MIP graduates and C-suite executives (COO, CIO, CFO), the one-week NRECA Executive Leadership Program—held on campus at Northwestern University—will enlighten, inform and level up your leadership skills.

At this moment, the electric cooperative industry is rich with possibility. The key to success? Leaders who can forge a new path. Informed, confident and nuanced leaders are the best asset an organization can have. By attending this program, you will:

  • Hear from top industry experts speaking to today’s biggest challenges in executive leadership and the workforce.

  • Grow alongside cooperative industry peers, sharing invaluable perspectives on business challenges specific to the electric cooperative industry.
  • Build lifelong connections that will help you define your future as a high-impact leader.
  • Learn to lead confidently across all aspects of your organization.


Who is eligible to Participate?

Participants should meet one of the following criteria:

  • CEOs/GMs, or

  • Graduates of MIP, or

  • C-Suite Level Employees (COO, CIO or CFO)

And must be an NRECA voting member from one of the following:

  • Distribution cooperative

  • G&T cooperative

  • Statewide

The program is offered once a year, and space is limited to 45 participants. Eligible member co-ops are limited to two attendees per year.

How to Participate in this Program
  • Full payment for the program is due at the time of registration. Invoicing is not available.
  • Applications will be reviewed for eligibility in the order they are received within 10 business days.
  • An email will be sent by the NRECA Executive Leadership Program manager, Christine Miller, who will confirm your registration. Applicants who don't meet the requirements will be contacted within 10 business days and fully refunded.
  • Because this program is a unique immersive experience, it is limited to 45 participants each year. The deadline for cancelling your registration for a full refund is Friday, June 14, 2024. After that date, no refunds will be issued. Transferring of the program registration to another, eligible person is available until August 30, 2024. After that date, no refunds or transfers are available.

Looking to Earn Credit?

The NRECA Executive Leadership Program is comprised of approximately 30 hours of instruction. Up to 3.0 CEUs are awarded.



The NRECA Executive Leadership Program curriculum has been curated specifically for today’s electric cooperative leader. The content in this program is not available in any other NRECA program.

Sessions are subject to faculty availability. Please be aware that session titles and descriptions are subject to change.



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NOTE: Lodging is included with your registration fee. Information will be emailed to participants 30-days in advance of the program.


The five-day NRECA Executive Leadership Program is $8,995 per participant and includes:

  • All course materials and classroom instruction

  • Participant lodging at the James L. Allen Center

  • All participant meals and snacks

  • Networking reception every evening


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