2024 NELC In-House Career Accelerator Program (ICAP)

May 1, 2024 – Marriott Marquis, Chicago, IL.

The National Employment Law Council (“NELC”) invites applications to participate in the fifth annual In-House Career Accelerator Program (“ICAP”), to be held in advance of the 2024 NELC Conference in Chicago, IL. ICAP will be on May 1, 2024, prior to the start of the NELC Conference, which will be from May 1-3, 2024. NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law.

ICAP is designed to assist new in-house counsel in transitioning to and building a successful career as part of a corporate law department. ICAP is open to diverse attorneys practicing management-side labor and employment law with three years or less experience working in-house.

ICAP will provide participants with career advancement skills in an intensive and interactive four-hour series of sessions with seasoned in-house practitioners while exposing participants to the NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys. All ICAP participants will be matched with more senior in-house mentors. Space in the 2024 ICAP will be limited.

To apply for the NELC ICAP, submit the following items no later than March 15, 2024:

A complete application package must be submitted online no later than March 15, 2024.  Early applications are strongly encouraged; late, incomplete, or perfunctory application materials may not be considered. If you do not receive an email confirmation that your application has been received within two business days of submission, please email Vanessa Griffin at to follow up. 

ICAP participation is underwritten by the NELC and its sponsors. Registration is $500.00, which includes the cost of the ICAP program ($150.00) and the NELC Annual Conference registration ($350.00). ICAP Participants or their employers are responsible for travel and accommodations. 

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We were exposed to a lot of different topics, trainings and mentorship opportunities and although it made for a busy week, it was productive and really maximized the limited time we had together.

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Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

For more information, contact Mia Belk at

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