Leadership Programs


Leadership Academy

leadership academy The goal of Leadership Academy is to bring together a diverse group of grower leaders to improve their ability to serve their state organization, enhance their communication skills, and instill in them the importance of advocacy, all to advance the priorities of our nations’ corn growers and build the next generation of industry leaders.   The program will focus on various aspects of leadership training and key agricultural issues in a world with ever-changing consumer and environmental concerns. Growers will gain a keener insight into association management and how different leadership styles can come together in building an efficient organization. Media training and effective advocacy communications play a key role in this program as our grower leaders take a more active role as spokespersons for their state and national corn organizations.   Launched in 2019, the Leadership Academy replaces the traditional Leadership At Its Best Program which has become...

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Women and Mentors Retreat

This program focuses on creating a diverse network of individuals who want to see more female engagement in agriculture. We are creating this network in two distinct ways: The in-person Women and Mentors Retreat and pairing mentors and mentees at the retreat to work on their goals together during the following year (and beyond). This network is already filled with people who can act as an incredible resource for each other. We look forward to building on this strong network for the future!   Women who would like to grow their skills and get more involved in associations at the state and national level are encouraged to apply as mentees. Anyone who would like to help women achieve their leadership goals is encouraged to apply to be a mentor.   The first annual retreat in June of 2021 was a great success, and we are now taking applications for the class of 2022. Our in-person session will be held June 27-28, 2022. If you apply early, you’ll also gain access to our quarterly...

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Leadership At Its Best

Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best program (LAIB), has trained over 600 grower leaders since 1986. Preparing these corn association and checkoff leaders to deliver the high level of service necessary for corn associations to achieve their goals and for the corn sector to lead American agriculture is vital for our association.   In 2019, Syngenta redesigned LAIB to be a cross-commodity leadership program bringing together a diverse group of 50 farmers across all the commodity programs they support. The program is designed to provide state corn grower leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.   This week-long training will begin in Raleigh, North Carolina where participants will cover: Understanding Your Personality and Leadership Styles Media Training: How to communicate with media, develop relationships and sell a...

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