High Performance Leadership Academy

Counties affect the lives of residents every day. When our frontline staff are empowered as leaders, we deliver services more effectively. The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy (HPLA) is a resource that connects your staff with practical leadership training. HPLA uses an innovative, interactive online learning platform that combines real-time webinars, recorded sessions and small group discussions to deliver effective training without traveling away from the county – saving money and maximizing time.

MACo and NACo members get to participate at a reduced tuition, contact Luke Afeman.

HPLA is built to accommodate busy work schedules with self-paced learning. Each 12-week HPLA course is divided into 4 three-week modules. Each module includes a one-hour live webinar and one-hour breakout discussion, plus daily assignments ranging from 3 to 35 minutes.


With a curriculum developed by General Colin Powell and public and private sector leaders, NACo High Performance Leadership Academy gives students the opportunity to learn from world-class faculty. All content is guided by an expert facilitator.

NACo High Performance Leadership Academy

Now Enrolling for April, August, and September:

The January cohort is full, but contact us regarding our next cohort or to register.

Participant Testimonials:

“I would highly recommend the enrollment of supervisors or those aspiring to be leaders into the PDA. The investment in this academy is without a doubt beneficial. From week 1, I was able to utilize what I have learned to enhance my leadership skills.” - Deputy Treasurer

“This program has caused me to examine my approach to the people I work with and the work challenges we face. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate.”  - Human Resources Director