NextGen Leadership Program

Overview

To prepare for the future and retain top talent, organizations need to provide learning and professional development programs for their next generation of leadership. At IDFA we are dedicated to providing resources to our members to ensure positive growth within their companies.

The NextGen Leadership program is designed to support, guide and prepare mid-senior level dairy industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journey. This unique program convenes classes of IDFA members for a multi-faceted, year-long curriculum. The program equips participants with skills required to successfully conquer business demands today – and in the future. Participants build relationships with their peers, develop leadership skills and learn to become advocates for the dairy industry. The program strives to provide dairy professionals with the knowledge and networking opportunities to become future leaders in the dairy industry.

IDFA's NextGen Leadership Program is sponsored by Producers Dairy.

On July 9, 2020, IDFA announced Cohort 2 of the NextGen Leadership Program, welcoming 28 emerging leaders in the dairy industry to the program's second class.

Program Goals

The program is developed around three core development areas:

Eligibility

The application period for the 2020-2021 program closed June 19, 2020. Program participation is limited to representatives of IDFA member companies. All candidates must have the support of their companies to participate, and they must commit to participation in the entire program, including attendance at all events. Candidates who wish to apply must complete an application.

Contact

If you would like to nominate an employee for the 2021-2022 NextGen Leadership Class, please contact to Colin Newman, Director of Political Affairs and Strategic Programs at cnewman@idfa.org or (202) 220-3518.

Staff Contact

Colin Newman

Director, Political Affairs and Strategic Programs


Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to the IDFA NextGen Leadership ProgramThe 2020-2021 program registration process closed June 19, 2020.

Eligibility

Program participation is limited to representatives of IDFA member companies. All candidates must have the support of their companies to participate.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out Application Form. Please submit completed form to Colin Newman at cnewman@idfa.org by June 19, 2020.
  2. When you submit your application form, please be sure to include supplemental items which include the following: cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation from company sponsor.

Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items. Accepted applicants will be responsible for a $1500.00 program fee.


2020-2021 Schedule

Introduction Meeting

August 11, 2020, 1:30pm EST
Virtual Event

Leadership Workshop

Purposeful Communication for a Positive Culture
September TBD
Virtual Event

IDFA October Board Meetings

Issues Briefing & Segment Board Meetings
October 8, 2020 – October 9, 2020
Virtual Participation

Advocacy Webinar

November TBD
Virtual Event

Dairy Forum 2021

January 24, 2021 – January 27, 2021
Championsgate, FL

Washington DC Advocacy Seminar

March TBD
Washington, DC

IDFA Leadership Symposium

A Leadership Program for Emerging Dairy Leaders
June 14, 2021 – June 17, 2021
Cornell University | Ithaca, NY


IDFA's NextGen Leadership Program is sponsored by:

Please find the NextGen Leadership Program Sponsor Prospectus via the link below to explore the opportunity your organization has to support and empower the next generation of leaders in the dairy industry. Please contact Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org to inquire more about a potential sponsorship.


FAQs

What is the NextGen Leadership Program?

The NextGen Leadership Program is a new initiative designed to support, guide and prepare industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journey. This unique program will convene a class of IDFA members for a multi-faceted year-long program.

The NextGen Leadership program will equip participants with skills required to successfully conquer business’ demands today – and in the future. Participants will build relationships with their peers, develop leadership skills and learn to become advocates for the dairy industry. 

Who is invited to apply to the NextGen Leadership Program?

Program participation is open to representatives of IDFA member companies. All candidates must have the support of their companies to participate. This program is geared toward mid-senior level dairy industry professionals.

Does my company have to be an IDFA member to apply to NextGen Leadership Program?

Program participation is limited to representatives of IDFA member companies.

Is there a cost to joining the program?

Yes, there is a program fee. Accepted candidates of the Cohort 2 class will be contacted with payment instructions.

If my company isn’t an IDFA member, is there an extra fee to join?

At this time, the NextGen Leadership Program is only open to IDFA members.

How do I join the NextGen Leadership Program?

Applications for the 2020-2021 class closed June 19, 2020. Stay tuned for more information on the 2021-2022 class.

Can more than one person from my company participate in the program?

Yes, more than one person per company can apply to be part of the NextGen Leadership Program.


Cohort 1 (2019-2020 Class):

Cohort 2 (2020-2021 Class):