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The National Emergency Management Executive Academy

EMI, in collaboration with prominent higher education institutions, has created the National Emergency Management Executive Academy to produce a comprehensive and cutting-edge curriculum that supports the advancement of strategic and policy level executive leadership.

The program hones strategic leadership and critical thinking for senior executives involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, and international homeland security and emergency management policy development and decision making responsibilities.

Throughout the Executive Academy, meta-leadership, critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, and negotiation and conflict resolution skills are developed and then applied to real-world, complex problems. Executives explore how they can leverage science, technology, engineering, and data analysis to make better decisions and policies. Participants are also given the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects and participate in activities on cascading and catastrophic events. If you have a suggestion for a specific emergency management challenge that you would like an executive cohort team to consider for their Academy capstone project, please email

Target Audience

The Executive Academy is designed for emergency management senior executives in State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial; non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and private sector entities. Ideal candidates will serve on major commissions and task forces and/or be responsible for decisions that have a significant effect on policy.

The audience may include, but is not limited to:

  • Emergency management and homeland security directors or advisors leading in local, state, multijurisdictional, or large metropolitan areas;
  • Emergency management leaders from allied disciplines in the public sector, such as public utilities, K-12 education, higher education, public transportation, and military/DSCA roles;
  • Administrators, such as members of the Governor's Cabinet or chief/director of an agency;
  • Federal administrators, at the Appointed or Senior Executive Service (SES)/GS15 level; and
  • Directors of voluntary organizations.

EMI will select up to 40 emergency management executives to participate in the Executive Academy per year. Each Cohort will reflect a Whole Community composition.

2017 Schedule

The dates and locations for the Executive Academy courses are:

  • E0680, Systems Thinking and Research Methods for Executives 4 days
    Systems thinking for EM, Leading Complex Systems, Methodologies to take Idea Inception to Innovation, Net centric Visioning & Designing, Presenting for Impact
    Dates: March 27 – 30, 2017
    Location: Emmitsburg, MD
  • E0682, Executive EM Leader Core Competencies I 4 days
    Critical Thinking, Applying Decision Making Models & Theory, Continuous Learning, EM Ethics, Conflict Management, Leadership & Collaboration, Social Intelligence
    Dates: April 24 – 27, 2017
    Location: Emmitsburg, MD
  • E0684, Executive EM Leader Core Competencies II 4 days
    Disaster Risk Management, Scientific Considerations, Geographic Considerations, Sociocultural Considerations, Evolving Technology Application & Adoption
    Dates: July 10 – 14, 2017
    Location: Emmitsburg, MD
  • E0686, Executive EM Leaders Core Competencies III 4 days
    Facilitating Community Risk Ownership, Civics/Governance Considerations, Political Skills, Influence Skills
    Dates: September 18 – 22, 2017
    Location: Emmitsburg, MD

For more information about the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, contact
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