The next generation of industry leaders is already active and making a difference in the dairy community.
The IDFA Leadership Symposium, presented in partnership with Cornell University, provides a forum for these rising professionals to collaborate with fellow industry change-makers, build their leadership skills, and prepare for the next step in their leadership journey, while exploring trends shaping opportunities and challenges for the dairy sector. As our industry continues to grow, it is more important than ever to create a strong pool of dairy professionals who are prepared to fill senior-level management positions in their companies and in our member organizations.
During this interactive program, attendees will hear from thought provoking speakers and dairy industry experts. Attendees will develop high-level workplace skills that will enhance their leadership abilities and deliver tangible benefits to their organizations.
The IDFA Leadership Symposium is open to all levels of the industry, with a focus on mid-to senior-level executives.
|June 12, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|6:00pm - 7:30pm||
|June 13, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|8:30am - 9:00am||
|9:00am - 9:30am||
Welcome and Connect
|9:30am - 12:30pm||
Adaptability at Work: Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Workplace Resilience to Promote Positive Change
Now more than ever leaders are being asked to be resilient in the face of change and to lead others through uncertain times. A resilient and adaptable leader frames challenges as learning opportunities, motivates and empowers others by demonstrating positive examples of adaptability and promotes healthy work dynamics through inclusive leadership strategies. This session will take a deeper look at why creating an inclusive culture and fostering resilience in yourself and others has become a critical leadership skill for success to increase performance and build a more adaptable workforce when rebounding from challenges and changes that impact our sense of belonging at work. From individual work styles to feeling a sense of belonging where you can be your authentic self at work, we ask participants to take an inside-out view on how they show up as a leader, how they influence others by demonstrating their ability to adapt to changing work demands, and how they can impact the organization in an effort to build a more inclusive workplace. Their willingness to view how they approach the work—and those performing the work—from various lenses to enhance the organizational culture and advocate for others will aid in the development of new mindsets, skillsets, and toolsets necessary to be effective at cultivating a healthy work environment for all. Speaker: Lisa Csencsits, Director, Human Resource, Leadership and DEI Professional Programs, Cornell University, ILR School, The Scheinman Institute
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||
A Case Study in Recalls
In December of 2021 and January of 2022, Dole Fresh Vegetables recalled several kinds of packaged salads over listeria contamination concerns. Participants will learn from a real world example of an outbreak that was very puzzling to identify. Felice Arboisiere of Dole Fresh Vegetables experienced firsthand what it is like to be part of a food safety crisis. She will share her experience and best practices as she walks us through how they were notified, how they came together as an organization to brainstorm on the root cause and ultimately finding it. Learn how this event was industry changing news and how they used the experience to unite as an industry to enhance harvest sanitation and mitigate future risks.Speaker: Felice Arboisiere, Director FSQA Supply Chain North America, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.
|2:30pm - 2:45pm||
|2:45pm - 3:45pm||
Media Training: Gain Greater Confidence in Media Messaging & Interviews
The media can work for you or against you in relation to your level of preparedness. Media opportunities require leaders to positively convey messages via the press in both official and unscripted capacities. Over two 1-hour sessions, learn from IDFA’s top communicator and the editor of Dairy Processing magazine how to prepare for proactive and reactive media opportunities, deliver powerful and logical messages, present yourselves and your businesses with confidence and empathy, and stay on-message and in control. Leave this session with a better understanding of how to undertake interviews, corporate news delivery, and crisis communications. Session 1: Presentation and Q&A Session Session 2: Mock Interview Sessions: Preparation & Delivery Speaker: Matt Herrick, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, International Dairy Foods Association Kristen Putch, Managing Editor, Dairy Processing Magazine
|3:45pm - 4:00pm||
|4:00pm - 5:30pm||
Cornell Scavenger Hunt
This engaging and fast-paced teambuilding activity serves to encourage participants to work together and to introduce them to exceptional spaces on the Cornell University campus.
|Meet at Hercules Statue|
|6:30pm - 7:00pm||
|7:00pm - 8:30pm||
Dinner and Fireside Chat with Kevin Ellis
Join us for dinner and a Fireside Chat with Kevin Ellis, chief executive officer at Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. During this open and engaging conversation, hear Kevin’s perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the dairy industry, fostering leadership, and cultivating the dairy workforce of the next generation. Speaker: Kevin Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
|June 14, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|8:30am - 9:00am||
|9:00am - 10:00am||
Leadership and Promoting Positive Change: An Interactive Conversation
Day 2 will kick off building upon themes explored in the adaptability session on day one. This interactive conversation will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on learnings from the first session on adaptability and resilience and apply to their current role as strategic leaders. The exact content will be informed by the needs of the group. Speaker: Lisa Csencsits, Director, Human Resource, Leadership and DEI Professional Programs, Cornell University, ILR School, The Scheinman Institute
|10:00am - 10:15am||
|10:15am - 11:15am||
Mock Interview Sessions: Preparation & Delivery
|11:15am - 11:30am||
|11:30am - 12:30pm||
Dairy Economic Landscape
Join IDFA’s Chief Economist, Mike Brown, for an overview of the dairy economic landscape. He will share his insights and perspectives on the dairy market dynamics for 2023 and beyond. What are the trends that may shape future opportunities and challenges for the dairy sector? Speaker: Mike Brown, Chief Economist, International Dairy Foods Association
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||
|2:00pm - 5:00pm||
Hoffman Challenge Course
In this low element challenge course program, participants will engage in a series of group initiatives and challenges--unique exercises that require groups to brainstorm, plan, implement, evaluate, and improvise. The facilitators intentionally select activities that will encourage group members to practice their collaboration and leadership skills. These exercises are physically and mentally engaging, but not physically strenuous. This includes activities like balancing on a platform, walking on ropes or cables, transporting objects and solving puzzles as a group. After each exercise, participants will reflect on their experience and draw out lessons regarding trust, communication, leadership, and high-performance teamwork.
|Meet in Hotel Lobby|
|6:00pm - 7:00pm||
|June 15, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|8:30am - 9:00am||
|9:00am - 10:15am||
Building Inclusive Cultures and the Leadership Required
Dr. Christopher Metzler, a former professor at Cornell University ILR School, created the first certification in DEI in the nation at Cornell University where he was a faculty member in DEI, Law and related disciplines. After Cornell, he was Senior Associate Dean at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. During this interactive session, Dr. Christopher Metzler will share his perspectives on the unique challenges and opportunities facing leaders today, provide tools for cultivating psychological safety, and the leadership behaviors that foster inclusive and high performing teams. Speaker: Christopher Metzler, Ph.D., International Human Rights Lawyer, DEI and ESG Pioneer
|10:15am - 10:40am||
Leading Dairy Forward
Michael Dykes, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, will share his insights and perspectives on the leadership required to navigate the challenges facing our industry, leverage the opportunities for growth, and lead dairy forward. Speaker: Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association
|10:40am - 11:00am||
Reflections and Closing Remarks
Director FSQA Supply Chain North America, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.
Director, Human Resource, Leadership and DEI Professional Programs, Cornell University, ILR School, The Scheinman Institute
President & CEO
CEO, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications
Dr. Christopher Metzler
International Human Rights Lawyer, DEI and ESG Pioneer
Managing Editor, Dairy Processing Magazine
The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853
The IDFA Leadership Symposium will be held at The Statler Hotel at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (607) 254-2500. When calling, refer to the IDFA Leadership Symposium to receive the special room rate of $238 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is May 22, 2023. We have reserved a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been booked, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available.
Registration fees for IDFA Leadership Symposium are based on your company's IDFA membership status. For more information about membership, please email membership.idfa.org.
Q: Registration Substitutions
Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email email@example.com if you would like to make a registration substitution.
Q: Registration Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations received in writing will be accepted prior to May 12, 2023 for a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after May 12, 2023, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Your registration fee is non-refundable after May 26, 2023. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org. IDFA reserves the right to cancel all unpaid registrations.
Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at (202) 737-4332 or email@example.com.
Join the International Dairy Foods Association as we identify, support and empower the next generation of leaders. As a sponsor, your organization will gain visibility and respect among industry peers and showcase your commitment to investing in the next generation and the future of the dairy industry. Each level of sponsorship offers opportunities to build awareness of your brand, promote your products and services and engage with colleagues, industry insiders and potential partners. The setting is interactive, engaging and intimate, providing the perfect opportunity to build relationships across the dairy industry.
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