Produce Industry Leadership Program

The application period for Class 24 is now closed. The next application period will open January 2019. To receive notification of the opening, please contact Amanda Griffin, Senior Director of Education & Member Programs, at 202.303.3412.

About the Program

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 through the generous support of program sponsor Corteva Agriscience the DowDuPont Agriculture Division. With extensive involvement from professional trainers, faculty, leading United Fresh members and Corteva Agriscience executives, the program focuses on four core areas:

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

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, participants learn some of the most important industry lessons and skills from each other.

How to Apply

The class will travel together four times over the course of one year. Candidates must commit to participation in the entire program, including attendance at all events. There will be approximately 22 travel days throughout the year-long program. 

The travel dates for Class 24 are:

  • August 5-10, 2018 – Ohio, Michigan, and Canada
  • September 24-29, 2018 – Washington, DC and New York
  • February 17-22, 2019 – Mexico
  • June 9-13, 2019 – United Fresh 2019, Chicago, IL

Thanks to the support of our program sponsor, Corteva Agriscience the DowDuPont Agriculture Division, there is no fee to participate and all regular travel expenses are covered through the program.

Meet the Current Class

Congratulations to Class 23, announced at United Fresh 2017! Click here to learn more about the produce industry professionals in the newest leadership class.

How the Program Shapes Careers

In 2015, United Fresh and DuPont celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Leadership Program. Hear directly from our program graduates on how this program has shaped their careers.

For questions about the program, contact Amanda Griffin, Senior Director of Education & Member Programs, at 202.303.3412.

Special thanks to our program sponsor: