Produce Industry Leadership Program

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Congratulations to Leadership Class 20! Click here to learn more about the produce industry professionals in the newest leadership class. 

United Fresh is dedicated to providing promising, up-and-coming leaders with the tools they need to achieve success in the produce industry. The Produce Industry Leadership Program is designed for produce industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journey.

Established in 1995, the Produce Industry Leadership Program is made possible by a generous educational grant from DuPont Crop Protection. With extensive involvement from professional trainers, faculty, and leading United Fresh members and DuPont executives, the program focuses on four core areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Business Relationships
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Media and Public Communications

Each class is limited to 12 participants to help maximize class interaction and learning. Whether touring lettuce fields in California or citrus groves in Florida, building a deeper understanding of each others’ businesses while trekking across the country in a bus, working together through demonstrations in a lab, or supporting each other to step out of their comfort zones, participants learn some of the most important lessons and skills from each other.

How to Apply

Applications for the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program are accepted annually beginning in January. To apply, candidates must complete an application form, including two essays about why they would like to participate in the program and what they consider to be the most important challenges and opportunities facing the produce industry today.

Each class is selected in a confidential process by an independent committee of the United Fresh Board and leadership alumni. Eligibility is limited to representatives of United Fresh member companies, and all candidates must have the support of their companies to participate. Individuals are chosen from a broad cross-section of the produce industry, reflecting the breadth of United Fresh’s membership.

Click here to download the 2015-16 Produce Industry Leadership Program Application Form.

For questions about the Produce Industry Leadership Program, please contact Jessica Mosley, director of education, at 202-303-3417.