Produce Industry Leadership Program

The application period for the 2017-2018 Produce Industry Leadership Program is closed.

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 DuPont Crop Protection. With extensive involvement from professional trainers, faculty, 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

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

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.

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. 

Thanks to the support of our program sponsor, DuPont Crop Protection, there is no fee to participate and all regular travel expenses are covered through the program.

Meet the Current Class

Congratulations to Class 23! 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:

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