(Posted Fri. Jun 14th, 2013)
June 14: The National Corn Growers Association announced participants for the fourth class of NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes seven Leadership at Its Best graduates who will undergo intensive training in order to hone their media, leadership and lobbying skills and prepare to lead the industry forward.
“We are excited to see another class of leaders who seek to truly elevate their skillset and further their work on behalf of U.S. farmers,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “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.”
This year’s Advanced Leadership Class includes: Jedediah Bower (Ohio); William Christ (Ill.); Jerry Lee Demmer (Minn.); John Linder (Ohio); Debra Keller (Iowa); Bruce Rohwer (Iowa); and Chad Willis (Minn.).
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. For the 2013-14 LAIB class, states nominated two applicants, one as a primary candidate and one to serve as an alternate. Nominees must have been 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.