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AICC Emerging Leaders Program

The AICC Emerging Leaders program is an exclusive series of training, networking, and leadership opportunities for ambitious young professionals in the paper and packaging industry. With the opportunities and information available in the Emerging Leaders (EL) program, young professionals who are ready to commit to their professional development will have the chance to grow into proven, reliable future leaders in their company and industry.

Emerging Leaders have access to customized training and networking opportunities, both regionally and nationally, like on-site workshops, education-intensive field trips, and executive roundtables. They also get direct access to leadership opportunities within AICC, including:

  • Participation in industry committees like government relations, paperboard supply & regulation, and industry education, among others
  • Short and long-term mentorship programs with veteran industry experts
  • Meaningful group presence on the AICC Board of Directors
  • Creating and executing educational content for the industry

Companies who support their young professionals in the Emerging Leader program get the benefit of increasingly knowledgeable employees who are developing their soft skills and have an interest in contributing to the health of their company on a high level. Their ELs have a strong network of peers, access to the best mentorship and advice the industry has available, and are establishing the necessary skills to take on leadership roles within the company. AICC Member Companies can retain young talent by encouraging their employees to participate in the career development opportunities offered by the EL program.

There is no initial cost or annual fee to join AICC Emerging Leaders. Paid events include: onsite training sessions and networking events, but these are optional based on your availability to attend. There are typically 3 Emerging Leaders national training/networking events per year, along with various regional and virtual Emerging Leader events.

To join the Emerging Leader program, you must be:

  • 35 or under
  • An employee of an AICC General or Associate Member company
  • Ready to make a commitment to contribute to your own growth & development, and that of your new network of peers

To apply for the AICC Emerging Leader Program please fill out the contact information below and someone will be in touch with you soon!


For more information on the EL program, or if you are interested in learning more about becoming a Mentor to an Emerging Leader, please contact Scott Ellis at leaders@aiccbox.org or 425.985.8508.

We look forward to helping you grow your leadership skills and your network!

Become an Emerging Leader