Next Generation Leaders Experience

Engaging & Preparing Future Co-op Leaders


The Next Generation Leaders Experience develops emerging cooperative leaders through special NRECA Annual Meeting programming designed to build their knowledge of the cooperative network, extend their professional network and develop self-awareness that will help as they grow and contribute as co-op leaders.

Who is the Next Generation Leaders Experience Designed For?

NRECA is seeking co-op employees who have demonstrated their leadership potential and/or management capabilities, show a strong interest in the cooperative principles and business model and a strong commitment to your co-op’s membership. Typically, these employees have less than 10 years of total* work experience and have not attended an NRECA Annual Meeting.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis and is capped at 40 participants to optimize the learning environment and enable participates to build stronger relationships with their peers.

To register employees for this program, select the “Next Generation Leaders” fee option during the Annual Meeting registration process. Costs are identical to that of a standard attendee.

*Not just co-op experience              

Benefits of the Next Generation Leaders Experience

Program participants will:

  • Learn about major industry-wide issues and gain a national perspective on what matters most to our business
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the cooperative principles and how they show up in their day-to-day work-life
  • Share insights, and exchange ideas and experiences with fellow next generation leaders in the co-op family
  • Learn how priorities are set for NRECA and its member cooperatives
  • Gain a better understanding of their motivational values, their core strengths and how to apply these to build stronger, more productive relationships with their colleagues
Programming for Next Generation Leaders

In addition to the benefits of attending regular Annual Meeting activities, there will be focused programming for Next Generation Leaders beginning Sunday morning, February 25, and will include the following:

  • ​​​​Targeted forum session(s) featuring leadership development and industry speaker(s)
  • Education on how the NRECA resolutions process works
  • Special networking opportunities for Next Generation Leaders participants  

​​​See Schedule

Stay tuned for more updates! 


Why Should Your Co-op Participate in the Next Generation Leaders Experience?


Read what past participants had to say about the Next Generation Leaders Experience:

"I think this is really a great program for young leaders at co-ops."

"I have made connections and already used them! I have also applied knowledge that I learned in the program at my cooperative."

"I felt the program was valuable as a means of networking with others in similar positions/stages of their careers."

"I really liked that we were separate and had our own agenda, which added to my appreciation for and understanding of the Annual Meeting. Next year, I'll feel more prepared."

Competencies Addressed:

​​​​​Core Competencies

  • ​​​​Cooperative Principles and Practices
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Awareness / Continual Learning
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Conflict Management


Supervisory, Management and Leadership Competencies

  • ​​​​Industry Influence
  • Relationship and Team Building
  • Commitment to Co-op Values