Leaders selected for the program will grow and develop through experiential learning and participating in an engaging, dynamic curriculum. The program provides participants – leaders from the entire value chain – the advanced skills necessary to lead animal agriculture into the future.
In addition to the curriculum components above, cohort members will be assigned a group capstone project(s) to work on throughout the 16-month Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders program, utilizing the expertise and areas of interest of sponsors and funders as the foundation for the project(s). The project(s) will serve as an applied learning experience for participants to put their learned skills into action, ending the program with sharing project outcomes in a final presentation at NIAA Annual Conference.
I’ve truly enjoyed this advanced leadership program and learning and growing with other people who are passionate about animal agriculture, just like I am, all from a variety of different backgrounds. One of my favorite parts about the cohort program is the critical thinking, the pushing beyond our comfort zone, and the skill-building journey that we’re all on together and we’ve co-created with J.J. and Emily. It’s been incredible to both develop as professionals and help with progress in the animal agriculture industry.
The NIAA Leadership Cohort is beyond what I imagined and has been a challenging and rewarding experience. You are able to plan your own experiences, have unique opportunities, network and travel. I have loved meeting likeminded individuals from all different sectors of animal agriculture, networking, learning together and helping each other along the way. Travelling to different areas of the country to see the various perspectives and practices of agriculture has been really enjoyable. NIAA’s cohort is one of the few that lets you plan your experiences and is geared towards what you are interested in growing in and highly recommend participating if you are looking to grow in your profession and in your understanding of agriculture.
I’m a veterinarian in southwest Kansas. As a highly driven professional, I really appreciate the opportunity to come together with my cohort in the NIAA leadership class, so that I can be with like-minded, highly driven professionals in animal agriculture and learn from their experiences from around the country and their experiences with different workplaces and different expertise. I highly recommend this leadership cohort if you’re looking for leadership development in that space.
Part of NIAA’s mission is to foster collaboration and cooperation throughout the industry. This program was intentionally developed to build upon existing leadership experiences, so professionals advance their leadership and, specifically, collaboration skills. It was important to me to participate in the inaugural cohort and it has been an enriching experience for me and my fellow leaders.