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American Coal Council

Tomorrow’s Leadership Council

  Preparing Future Coal Industry Leaders Today


The ACC’s Tomorrow’s Leadership Council (TLC) is designed to advance and vest executive talent in the coal industry.  The Council provides a meaningful opportunity for up-and-coming executives to enhance their industry knowledge and networks through projects and activities that advance industry-wide objectives as well as professional development goals.

The TLC program, which launched in 2009, has had participation by 150 executives from the following companies throughout the coal supply chain:


AEP Cook Coal Terminal

AEP River Operations

AKJ Industries, Inc.

Alliance Coal, LLC

Alliance Resource Partners LP

Alpha Capital Corp

Alpha Natural Resources


American Commercial Barge Line

American Electric Power

Arch Coal

Arizona Public Service

Baker Donelson

Black & Veatch

BNSF Railway

Cloud Peak Energy

Crown Products & Services

CSX Transportation

Doyle Trading Consultants

Duke Energy Corporation


Enserco Energy



Fisher Mining

Fuel Tech

Foundation Energy Sales

Global Coal Sales Group

Jesse Creek Mining, LLC

Ingram Barge Company

Koch Industries

Lakeland Electric

LG&E and KU Energy

Martin Engineering

Mercuria Energy Trading

Noble Americas Corp.

Norfolk Southern

NRG Energy

Patriot Coal

Platte River Power Authority

Peabody Energy

Rhino Energy

Rosebud Mining Company

Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.

SCH Services, LLC

SGS Mineral Services

Southern Company

Taggart Global

Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc.

Union Pacific Railroad

United Bulk Terminals

Vistra Energy

We Energies

Westmoreland Coal

Westar Energy

White Energy Coal

Xcel Energy, Inc.

What is Unique About the TLC?

The TLC is specific to the coal industry ~ the community of participants and their activities focus exclusively on coal.  The program is intended to compliment other corporate leadership development programs that are designed to advance more general business skills.


What Activities/Events Are Planned for TLC Participants?

TLC participants receive complimentary registrations to each of the two annual strategic industry issues conferences hosted by the American Coal Council (an $850 value/conference) ~ the Spring Coal Forum (March 3-5, 2020/Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Coal Market Strategies Conference (August 3-5, 2020/Location TBD). See: for information on all ACC events.

These events are attended by senior level executives from the coal supply, consumption, transportation, trading, consulting, and supply services industries. Each ACC event provides the latest information on critical issues impacting each of these industry sectors. 

At the Spring Coal Forum and Coal Market Strategies conferences, TLC participants attend a special 1/2-day professional development seminar - conducted by an expert presenter (a $500 value/conference). Each seminar is designed to advance professional skills in the areas of project management, communications, research, and/or presentation skills. 

special dinner for TLC participants is hosted on the opening evening of the Spring Coal Forum and Coal Market Strategies conferences for TLC participants. This dinner provides TLC members with an opportunity to network with industry peers and senior level industry and government executives who are invited to share their expertise and perspectives on the future of the industry with TLC attendees (a $150 value/dinner).


Total TLC value = $3,000

·         Spring Coal Forum                                                     $850

o   Professional Development Seminar               $500

o   TLC Dinner                                                     $150

·         Coal Market Strategies                                               $850

o   Professional Development Seminar               $500

o   TLC Dinner                                                     $150


Who Should Participate in the TLC, and What is the Cost?

Entry-level staff and mid-level executives from the coal supply, consumption, transportation, and trading industries, as well as those working in companies that support these business sectors. We have had a wide range of program participants, from those early in their careers to those who became involved with coal later in their career path.

The TLC program is open to all coal-related companies and organizations, with a discount for ACC member company participants. The program cost is $1,750 for ACC members and $2,250 for non-members.

ACC reserves the right to limit the number of annual program participants in order to offer the best possible TLC experience.

What Other Engagement is Planned for TLC Participants?

The virtual TLC community meets electronically and via conference call between conferences to work on industry-wide projects decided on by TLC participants themselves, in coordination with ACC staff.

·         2009 ~ Coal Fundamentals:  An Overview of Coal Supply, Consumption & Transportation: A comprehensive introduction to the coal industry

·         2010 ~ Coal Unplugged: A review of the many ways we use carbon-based products for purposes other than power generation.

·         2011 ~ Making Social Media Work for the Coal Industry: Using social media to advance coal-focused business communication, advocacy and community building objectives.

·         2012 ~ Coal Industry Advocacy: What is being done to enhance coal’s image?: Understanding the benefits of electrification – Addressing anti-coal myths – How to share factual, balanced information on coal

·         2013 ~ Coal 2040: The Future of Coal: A forward-looking perspective on the benefits and use of coal 20-25 years from now.

·         2014 ~ Changing the Narrative and Moving Beyond Our Challenges: Coal as a means of development and human betterment – How we address environmental issues associated with using coal – The economic value of coal – Regulatory and environmental action against coal.

·         2015 ~ Coal Communications Kit: Development of a hands-on tool for anyone related to the coal sector to use in conveying key messages about the value and benefits of coal to build bridges and counter misinformation, in either personal or professional settings.

·         2016 ~ Creating Coal Advocates: Participants prepared for and engaged in ‘everyday advocacy’ at the local level through presentations to community groups, schools or universities, writing letters to the editor, and other means to expand coal sector outreach.

·         2017 ~ Enhancing Coal’s Social Media Effectiveness: Social media is a go-to source for news and information. Our President embraces it, bypassing traditional media to engage directly with Americans. The coal sector’s use of social media is compared and contrasted with other groups to consider ways to enhance the use of this medium to build on coal engagement.

·         2018 ~ Renewables Development and Implications for Coal: The growth of renewables has been facilitated by electricity and environmental policy and regulatory initiatives. Government subsidies, tax incentives, and mandates spur renewables development and that impacts other generating sources, power prices, and more. This project assesses key factors around development and use of renewables and examines how to level the playing field for coal.


How is the TLC Structured?

The TLC is organized as an annual, calendar-year program beginning in January and concluding in December.  This one-year commitment is recommended to best benefit from the program offerings and opportunities.


What are the Outcomes & Benefits of Participation in the TLC?

~ For Individual Participants

  • Double your value – $3,000 value in complimentary conference registrations, special dinners, and professional development seminars – for a $1,750 - $2,250 investment, plus the incalculable benefits associated with,
    • Enhanced relationships with coal industry peers.
    • Development of business skills in project management, communications, research and public speaking.
    • Enhanced knowledge of critical industry issues ~ including those impacting the many, varied sectors of the coal industry (supply, consumption, transportation, and services).

~ For Corporate Sponsors

  • Double your value – $3,000 in complimentary conference registrations, special dinners, and professional development training – for a $1,750 - $2,250 investment in your rising executive's future
  • A public demonstration of your commitment to foster and vest executive talent in your  company.
  • Reports and other products that can be used to advance coal industry interests.
  • Products that can be used to advance individual company interests ~ such as articles and case studies on exemplary corporate projects, activities and services.
  • Complimentary registration to ACC Spring Coal Forum and Coal Market Strategies Conferences for TLC participants.