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Leading & Learning: Former Governor to Address NextGEN Symposium

Aug 06, 2015

John W. Carlin, former governor of Kansas and professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, will address future dairy leaders at the NextGEN Symposium this fall. Carlin will discuss his years of experience in both dairy and politics, and share finely honed ideas for stimulating creative thinking and advancing civic engagement.

The symposium, presented by IDFA and Cornell University, will be held October 6-8, in Ithaca, N.Y. Now in its second year, the symposium will provide opportunities for members of IDFA’s NextGEN Dairy Network, the next generation of dairy professionals, to enhance their personal and professional networks, increase self-awareness and improve leadership skills.

Leading and Learning Moments from John Carlin

Carlin is a visiting professor and executive in residence at Kansas State University in the Staley School of Leadership Studies. He also is the father of Dave Carlin, IDFA’s senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.

Armed with a B.S. degree in dairy husbandry from Kansas State University, John Carlin began his career as a dairy farmer in Smolan, Kan. After serving four terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, the last term as Speaker of the House, Carlin was elected to two four-year terms as governor of Kansas and was chairman of the National Governors Association. He also served as the Archivist of the United States in Washington, D.C., for 10 years, overseeing the operation of the National Archives and Records Administration, before returning to Kansas in 2005.

Carlin has taught a master’s-level class in executive leadership and an undergraduate class in practical politics. In 2013 he launched a series of videos called “Leading and Learning Moments” and maintains an active blog on civic leadership.

Check Out Other Sessions and Tours

The NextGEN Symposium, now in its second year, will offer a variety of sessions, including how to cultivate innovation at dairy companies, pathogen control in dairy plants, dairy economics 101 and several concurrent sessions. It also will offer a personality-assessment workshop and tours of Cayuga Milk Ingredients, Sunnyside Farms, Inc., and the Cornell dairy plant.

The NextGEN Symposium is one of the many offerings for IDFA’s NextGEN Dairy Network, which was developed to engage the next generation of dairy leaders. The Network helps professionals with fewer than 15 years of experience in the dairy industry connect with industry peers, enhance their careers and prepare for leadership opportunities within their companies and the industry.

Register today to become a member of the NextGEN Dairy Network, and to attend the NextGEN Symposium. Need help convincing your boss that this is a valuable program for you and your company? Download IDFA’s justification letter here.

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