Cogence Emerging Leaders Program – Application Period Open for Class of 2026

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of Cogence Alliance are now accepting applications for their Emerging Leader’s Programs – Class of 2026. Please pass this email along to potential Emerging Leaders in your office or to someone you feel would benefit from being a part of the EL program.


The Cogence Alliance Emerging Leaders program provides rising leaders in the design and construction industry with the knowledge and skills to lead with appreciation for the contribution of others. The industry’s next chapter of leaders will grow together to drive positive and effective outcomes, thus shaping and sustaining the future of design and construction. Focus areas of the program include: leadership development; cross-market association; and, mentorship.


The objective of this program is to provide emerging leaders in the design and construction industry the knowledge to understand the value of transforming our industry while empowering them to promote change that will lead to this transformation. Cogence also provides these emerging leaders with a voice to contribute and lead these changes by developing their core skills, expand networking options, and associating with cross market industry leadership.



The Program will be accepting Emerging Leaders for this year for the Class of 2026. Emerging Leaders do not require the sponsorship of a current program participant or Cogence partner to apply to be a part of the program.


  • Application Period: January 1st -February 15th
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 1st, declined applications will also be notified by March 1st, if applicable.
  • Program Start: Selected Emerging Leaders for that Class will be welcomed by the chapter in March. Participants are expected to pay annual dues of $650.00 by March 31st of that year.
  • How to Join Cogence: go to link scroll to Emerging Leaders.
  • Please send completed applications and the signed commitment pledge to no later than the due date.



As an Emerging Leader, it is expected that a participant commitment to a three-year time-period of engagement and attend at least six (6) Cogence events per year, coming to each event fully engaged and informed. Similar to the expectations of partners, leaders are to avoid promotion of any special interest of their company and to work cooperatively with other members to move the Emerging Leaders program forward.



All Emerging Leaders are invited to Cogence roundtable discussions and other events as a part of their membership dues. Additionally, the Emerging Leaders program hosts leadership development events throughout the year, along with community service projects and other volunteer opportunities. Also, each Emerging Leader is assigned a mentor who has volunteered for the program. Each mentor may be in a similar partner group or functional area, and mentors are asked to meet (virtually or in-person) with their assigned Emerging Leader at least once per quarter throughout the calendar year.



The Emerging Leaders program is a three-year program for mid-career professionals. At the end of the third year, the graduating leader will be recognized in the January chapter event and receive a certificate of completion. At the conclusion of the program, Emerging Leaders can apply for full Partnership in Cogence.

Tuwhanna Williams News