The application period is now open for the 20th class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program.
Thanks to the generous support of founding sponsor DuPont Crop Protection, for the past 20 years United members have had the opportunity to take part in this experience dedicated to developing future leaders of the industry. Since it was first launched in 1995, more than 200 industry members have graduated from this program.
“Twenty years is a major milestone, and we are incredibly indebted to DuPont for their steadfast support and the investment they have made in the produce industry,” said Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh Produce Association. “We are so proud of the many graduates of this program and the work they’ve done to drive our industry forward.”
This program is the only ongoing, fully paid leadership program for the produce industry. Each year, 12 fellows are selected to participate in the program, which is developed around four fundamental goals: leadership development; business relationships; government and public affairs; and media and public relations.
During the year-long fellowship, participants will take part in a series of trips including face-to-face meetings, hands-on training with top industry experts and educators, and interactive experiences with influential leaders in Washington DC. This year’s schedule will include four trips, with the class graduating at the 2015 United Fresh Convention in Chicago.
Participation in the program is limited to 12 fellows selected by an Advisory Committee. Fellows are chosen from a broad cross-section of the industry. Candidates interested in applying for the 20th class can download an application at www.unitedfresh.org/leadership. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2014.
Eligibility to participate in the program is limited to representatives of United Fresh member companies, and all candidates must have the support of their companies to participate. There is no cost to participate in the program, and all regular expenses are covered by the program.
For full information, access www.unitedfresh.org/leadership, or contact Shannon Young at [email protected] or 202-303-3405.