Applications for the 2019 Emerging Leader Program (ELP) are closed; applications for the 2020 program will open next spring. Check APHL channels for more information.

​​​​​​What is 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, they 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.

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.

2018 ELP Fact Sheet: Learn about previous ELP participants, the ELP alumni network and read testimonials.​​​


“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 director, 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