The Next Generation Leaders Experience

Over the next 5 years, almost 500 CEOs and 15,000 co-op employees will become eligible to retire, creating leadership gaps across the co-op network. Preparing our young talent for leadership roles is critical to the prosperity of our co-op network.

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 are seen as your "next" leaders (not currently a supervisor), have less than 10 years of total* work experience and have not attended an NRECA annual meeting.

*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.

  • 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 cooperative members' motivations and habits through dialogue with co-op leaders.


In addition to the regular PowerXchange activities, there will be focused programming for Next Generation Leaders which 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

How to Participate

PowerXchange registration opens in mid-November. When registration opens, you will be able to register employees for the Next Generation Leaders Experience by selecting the “Next Generation Leaders” fee option during the PowerXchange registration process. Registration is capped at 40 participants. Costs are identical to that of a standard attendee.

Next Generation Leaders in the News

RE Magazine recently checked in with some alumni from the past few years to see what this experience meant to them.

Read What Past Participants Had to Say:

"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

Leadership Skills Assessment

Drawn from the Electric Cooperative Employee Competencies, our Leadership Skills Assessments were designed to help you understand which of NRECA's supervisory, management and leadership courses and events may be most appropriate for you. Learn more.

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2019 Next Generation Leaders Experience

40 professionals with backgrounds ranging from linemen to government relations to emerging leaders in many co-op disciplines gathered in Orlando for the 2019 Next Generation Leaders Experience.

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