MARCH 2015


(Posted Thu. Mar 19th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association invites graduates of the Leadership At Its Best Program the opportunity to further refine their leadership skills through the Advanced Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. With two sessions, Advanced Leadership provides intensive training that will hone their media, leadership and lobbying skills, and prepare participants to lead the industry.


“We are excited to offer this program through which another class of leaders will elevate their skillset and help further their work on behalf of U.S. farmers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.  “NCGA depends upon grassroots leadership, and, as a graduate of the program, I personally understand the important role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to lead such a dynamic organization in an ever-changing environment.”


Advanced Leadership training aims to help develop top-notch state and national leadership that is empowered to elevate the leaders around them within the industry and their communities. It builds upon the Leadership at Its Best Program, also co-sponsored by Syngenta, which has helped develop corn industry leadership since 1986.  States may nominate two applicants, one as a primary candidate and one alternate. Nominees must be a member of NCGA, a graduate of Leadership at Its Best, and about to assume, or already in, a senior national or state leadership post.


The first session of the Advanced Leadership will take place in Greensboro, NC from September 14 to 16, 2015. During this session, participants will focus on leadership and communications skills and association management. The second session, held January 24-28, 2016 in Washington D.C., will include rigorous media training, a deeper review of key public policy issues and a focus on communicating with consumers.


Participants must be registered members of NCGA.  Those interested should contact their state corn organization, which will submit nominees for the programs, by May 1, 2015.