Leadership Program



The FLM program is designed to develop and enhance the leadership skills of the next generation of professionals who will guide and lead FPDA, the industry, and their companies. Application process closes August 30, 2024

Apply for the Class of 2024-2025

Mentor Application

View the FLM Information Sheet

The FLM Program Overview webinar was held on June 20, 2024. To watch a recording of the webinar click below.

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Program Details:

Over 13 months and approximately 60 hours, candidates will

  • work with a mentor and build relationships with their FLM peers,
  • participate in self-directed and (virtual) classroom learning,
  • complete a series of projects designed to ensure understanding of key concepts to increase performance and the bottom line, and
  • enhance natural leadership abilities in positive and productive ways.

Leadership is the art of executing a set of critical skills that encompasses influence, impact, and integrity. Here is a snapshot of what candidates will gain individually and as a team:

  • Mindsets of Leaders: The FLM Program encourages a growth in self-awareness and emotional intelligence by utilizing D.I.S.C. and weaving in the results & language throughout the year
  • Foundations of Leadership: Participants will grow a list of attributes all leaders need to understand. Topics will include developing trust, the value of reputation/rapport, and stewarding influence
  • Developing a Leadership Toolkit: Participants will be equipped with tools to greatly enhance their influence and be challenged to identify their next steps of impact as a leader
  • Mentoring and Coaching: Work closely with an industry mentor, participate in small group discussions, and receive personal guidance with one-on-one meetings by a professional career coach
  • University of Innovative Distribution: Participate in this concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry.


Candidate Travel Dates

Event Dates Location
2024 Industry Summit (Candidates & Mentors) October 6-9, 2024 Coronado Bay, CA

2024 University of Innovative Distribution

March 10-13, 2025 Indianapolis, IN

2025 Industry Summit (Candidates & Mentors)

October 2025 TBA


Program Costs

Members contributing a volunteer mentor: $4,900; cost without contributing a mentor: $5,400.

The program fee includes two consecutive registrations to the Industry Summit at the beginning and end of the program; one registration for UID; three team and one-on-one coaching sessions; and virtual presentations and workshops.

Note: The program fee does not include the cost of travel, accommodations, and incidental costs of travel to attend program segments. This will be the employer's responsibility.

Time and Travel Commitment for Candidates

About five hours a month to participate in a pre-scheduled program calendar; one week in March to attend UID, and three days to attend the Industry Summit over two consecutive years.

Time and Travel Commitment for Mentors

About 90 minutes a month dedicated for calls with your mentee; attend the Mentor Training, meet your Mentee at the Industry Summit on Monday, October 7, participate as a panelist or contributor to at least one scheduled program. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, Apply Here.


Future Leaders in Motion (FLM) Sponsorship - $2,500

Support the Future Leaders in Motion (FLM) program designed to develop and enhance the leadership skills of the next generation of professionals who guide and lead FPDA, the industry, and their companies. As a sponsor of the 2022-2023 FLM class, you receive year-round recognition as described below:

  • Your linked logo on FPDA’s home page and the FLM webpage
  • Acknowledgment of your support in all FLM marketing materials
  • Your linked logo in FPDA’s e-newsletter InMotion
  • Recognition of your sponsorship in all FLM e-seminars and workshops
  • Acknowledgment of your sponsorship at the 2024 Industry Summit in Coronado Bay, CA including podium recognition, signage at the Industry Summit FLM program honoring the first graduating class, and recognition in the Summit agenda

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