Emerging Leaders

Voices of Tomorrow at the Table Today

Be Part of the 2024–2025 Emerging Leaders Group

Deadline to apply is June 17, 2024.

Free to apply. See program cost below.

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The Emerging Leaders program unfolds over the course of one year and features a tailored learning experience with in-person and virtual learning, networking, and advisory opportunities.

  • Application period opens each spring.
  • Program kicks off in July at SCUP’s Annual Conference
  • Cohorts capped at 30 to facilitate networking and discussion
  • All participants receive a certificate of program completion

This program is an initiative created by the SCUP Membership Committee to provide those new to planning with guidance, knowledge, and connections.

Program Benefits

Tailored Leadership Skills

Gain a better understanding of integrated higher education planning through informative sessions presented by leaders in the field. Get access to forward thinkers in your professional space.

Valuable Networking Opportunities

Develop lasting career connections with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives through the cohort group and advisory panel. A network of SCUP senior planning professionals provides feedback, ideas, and inspiration.

Membership Benefit

The Emerging Leaders program fee is just $175, which will be credited towards a SCUP membership at the conclusion of the program. Emerging Leaders participants receive the member registration price for the SCUP Annual Conference (scholarship opportunities available), where each cohort starts and finishes.


Eligible applicants to the Emerging Leaders program:

  • Have no more than 10 years experience in the planning field
  • Open to members and nonmembers
  • May be be self-nominated or sponsored
  • Complete the application process
  • Display dedication to the entirety of the program
  • Display willingness to engage in dialogue inside/outside of sessions
  • Complete payment to participate

We highly recommend attending the 2025 SCUP Annual Conference as it provides valuable experiences and opportunities to connect with the larger SCUP community. However, if you are unable to attend due to budget or travel limitations, we will offer other ways to connect with the community.

Applications are evaluated by a committee and approved based on a point system.


The Emerging Leaders program fee is just $175, which will be credited towards a SCUP membership at the conclusion of the program.

Program Schedule 2024–25

Emerging Leaders will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 2:00 PM–3:30 PM Eastern. We will offer an (optional) monthly listening session on the last Friday of each month; leaders can connect and have open conversations about their needs, experiences, etc.

Note: program themes and order may change due to speaker availability and cohort needs.

Month Topic
August: Welcome
September: Integrated Planning (PI) Basics
October: Working Together (Institutional and Corporate)
November: Futuring
December: Stakeholder Engagement
January: DEIB
February: Specialty Topic
March: Specialty Topic
April: Listening Session (SCUP)
May: Getting the team involved in Integrated Planning
June: Strategy & Getting Started on Campus
July: Annual Conference (Optional)

SCUP 2023–24 Emerging Leaders cohort

Jyoti Senthil, College of Southern Nevada
Brittany Edghill, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Dana Harsell, University of North Dakota
Courtney Andrews, Morehead State University
Robert Jones, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ayanna Evans, Jackson State University
Ashleen Williams, The University of Mississippi
Robin Hungerford, Webb Foodservice Design
Meaghan Finney, Voith & Mactavish Architects
Marisa Nemcik, CannonDesign
Rock MacDaniel, SSOE
Michelle Miller, HGA
Manasi Parkhi, University of Georgia
Caileigh MacKellar, MJMA