Applications for the 2022-2023 Leadership Program are no longer being accepted.
The IFPA Leadership Program, a prestigious legacy program from United Fresh now in its 26 year, is the only ongoing leadership program for the fresh produce and floral industries. During the year-long leadership journey, participants develop essential leadership and business skills through a series of customized trips packed with face-to-face meetings, hands-on training with top industry experts and educators, interactive experiences with influential leaders and more.
Each year, 12 industry professionals are selected to participate in the program which is developed around four fundamental goals:
- Leadership development
- Business relationships
- Government and public affairs
- Media and public communications
Who Should Attend
High-potential, mid-level produce and/or floral industry professionals with backgrounds that position themselves as future leaders in the produce industry.
Become a well-rounded leader and trusted advocate for the fresh produce and floral industries. Participants will develop career-long connections and deepen their understanding of the industry and how to lead and influence through connections, advocacy, and communications.
More than 250 produce industry members, including today’s industry leaders, have graduated from this exclusive program since its launch in 1995, thanks to the generous support of founding sponsor Corteva Agriscience.
There is no cost to participate in the Leadership Program and all regular expenses are covered by the program.
Megan Nash, Director, Education & Talent, IFPA, speaks with Austin Kirtley, Founding Partner, KESI Management who is a current Leadership Program fellow. Listen in as Austin discusses his experiences and the value of participating in this professional development program specific to our industry.