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    NCA Group Debuts Future Leadership Program

    Initiative to provide support, education, access and opportunity

    The National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) Young Professionals Network (YPN) has launched the Future Leadership Program to facilitate industry growth and career advancement. The initiative will offer support, education, access and opportunity to five future leaders in the confectionery industry.

    "A key element of NCA's mission is to advance the confectionery industry, and the Future Leadership Program achieves that," said John Downs, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based NCA. "This program will identify emerging young talent in our industry and facilitate an environment where they can learn from respected and experienced leaders within their profession."

    Over the course of the year-long program, the future leaders will attend NCA's State of the Industry Conference, Sweets & Snacks Expo and Washington Forum, all of which provide development opportunities through education and networking. Additionally, program participants will each be mentored by a respected industry professional chosen by the YPN Committee.

    Applications for the 2015-16 future leader class are now being accepted, with a deadline of Oct. 2, 2015. The five candidates chosen to participate in the program will be informed in December.

    NCA is the trade organization representing the $35 billion U.S. confections industry, with members in more than 40 states employing about 70,000 workers in more than 1,000 facilities across the United States.

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