Apply to Join the Next ELP Cohort by July 23, 2021

APHL is now accepting applications for Cohort 14 of the Emerging Leader Program (ELP). Applications must be submitted by July 23, 2021 for consideration. Please review the description and ​​timeline​ before applying.

A complete application must include:​

  1. An applicant form​​ ​and
  2. A nomination form completed by the applicant's laboratory director (this form will be sent after application submission).
Please submit your applicant form first. Within 3-5 business days​ your laboratory director will receive an email prompt with a link to the nominator form. You will receive final confirmation once both forms are complete.

About the Emerging Leader Program

The ELP is a 12-month leadership development program for laboratory professionals. Each year, six to ten individuals are selected to form a cohort class. The cohort participates in skill development workshops, networking opportunities, leadership exercises and project development.​

ELP Develops Future Laboratory Leaders

The complex issues involved in leading a state or local laboratory can challenge even the most skilled of today’s laboratorians. In addition to being subject matter experts in laboratory science, the​​​y must also be able to manage a budget, motivate staff, advocate for funding, build relationships with external partners and understand legislative processes The ELP provides laboratory professionals with opportunities to acquire these skills, preparing them to advance into managerial and supervisory positions.

Learn More About the ELP Curriculum and Timeline

Is ELP right for you?

Being an “emerging leader” has nothing to do with age or job grade. You may be an emerging leader without even knowing it, missing out on opportunities to fully liberate the leader within. If you meet any one of these ten requirements, then you already are or could easily be seen as an emerging leader. Talk to your laboratory director today about nomination.

Learn more about previous ELP participants and their experiences, as well as the ELP alumni network.​​​


“When you get a PhD, they don’t teach you how to manage things. There is not a program out there to train someone at the bench level and give them the skills and knowledge base they need to become a laboratory director. The ELP is filling this gap.” 

- Grace Kubin, PhD, laboratory direct​​or, Texas Department of State Health Services

“The training I’ve received has launched my career and made me a better leader. I’m able to take the skills I’ve learned and apply them. My career would have been different had I not participated.”

- Pam Mollenhauer, Governmental Relations officer, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa 


For questions about the program, including eligibility, selection process and other details, contact ELP manager, Kajari Shah at

For issues with the online application form, contact