Emerging Leaders

The IEC Emerging Leaders Program

The IEC Emerging Leaders Program is a six-month leadership development experience for professionals in the electrical and systems contracting industry. Each year, six to ten individuals are selected to form a cohort class that participates in skills development workshops, networking opportunities, leadership exercises, and project development experiences.

Is the Program for You?

Being an “emerging leader” has nothing to do with age or job title. You may be an emerging leader without even knowing it, missing out on opportunities to fully liberate the leader within you. If you have the desire to develop important leadership skills and advance in your career, the IEC Emerging Leaders Program is for you!

Application Process

Applications for the 2023 IEC Emerging Leaders Program will be available in Fall 2022. Want to be the first to know when applications open? Join our Emerging Leaders interest list!

The 2022 IEC Cohort


Rebecca Barnes

 IEC of the Bluegrass, Inc.


Tyler Hadden

 Weifield Group Contracting


Karsen Kredit

Kredit Electric


Shirlee McArthur

West Coast Business Communications


Elizabeth McGoldrick



John O'Mara

Revolution Electrical Contractors


James Sharkey

Current Connections Inc.

IEC Emerging Leaders Program Timeline

October 22, 2021 Program and Application Portal Opens
December 15, 2021Application Period Closes
January 2022Application Review & Selection Period
February 7, 2022Candidates Notified
March 30, 2022 “Meet and Greet” Introductory Session and Industry Impact Project Discussion
April 7, 2022 Industry Impact Project Check-In
April 24-26, 2022 Government Affairs/Advocacy, Safety and Code & Standards  – Washington D.C.
May 12, 2022Industry Impact Project Check-In
May 26, 2022 Diversity & Inclusion, HR & Legal Overview
June 9, 2022Industry Impact Project Check-In
June 26-28, 2022           Industry Partnership/Leadership Development sponsored by IDEAL/Milwaukee Tool – Chicago, IL
July 14, 2022Time Management
July 28, 2022Human Capitol Management
August 11, 2022Leadership vs Management and Fierce Conversations
August 25, 2022Public Speaking 101
September 2022Community Service Project Presentation Prep/Review
October 5-8, 2022 SPARK: Power Tomorrow/Emerging Leader Program Ceremony
Interested in Mentoring Emerging Leaders?

You have the opportunity to impact the life and career of a future leader in the electrical industry by serving as a mentor in the IEC Emerging Leaders program.

If you feel called to guide the next generation of professionals in our industry, we need you!

Along with a desire to provide hope and direction to a future leader, you should be an established business leader with 8+ years of industry experience, connections, and relationships. Experience leading others and developing diverse teams is important, as is active engagement with IEC.

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Contact the national staff member below for any questions regarding the IEC Emerging Leaders program.