People Strategy

IDFA is committed to working with our members and the broader dairy industry to address one of our most critical resources—our people!

The future of the dairy industry and our ability to remain globally competitive depends on how we develop the workforce of the future, cultivate the next generation of leaders, and empower and support diversity in leadership roles.

We hear from IDFA members frequently about talent. They are focused on leadership development within their organizations, succession planning, identifying and retaining high potentials, recruitment and retainment. That’s why IDFA has developed a new platform to share knowledge, training and networking opportunities pertaining to human resources and building a workforce for the future.

IDFA’s People Strategy focuses on ensuring IDFA members have the knowledge, tools and talent to succeed in a more competitive, diverse and inclusive future.

IDFA’s People Strategy has four important parts:  

  1. People: People are at the center of everything we do for our members, our team, and our relationships. 
  2. Workforce of the Future: We will help members retool and reskill to build tomorrow’s workforce.
  3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: IDFA offers the knowledge and resources to nurture diversity, equity and inclusion across the dairy industry, providing opportunities for professional growth alongside an evolving workforce.
  4. Wellbeing: Leading by example with a focus on organizational wellbeing, IDFA helps member companies elevate wellbeing at the organizational and individual levels.

Four Signature Programs, Two Signature Conferences

How do we achieve these goals? IDFA’s People Strategy is composed of four signature programs:

And two signature conferences:

NextGen Leadership Program

Designed to support, guide and prepare mid and senior level dairy industry professionals to take the next step in their leadership journey, the NextGen Leadership Program works with member companies to grow their talent with a year-long program of training, education, advocacy and networking.

Learn more about the NextGen Leadership Program and how to apply here.

Women in Dairy

Women in Dairy empowers and supports women in the dairy industry through leadership development, mentoring and networking events. It is led by the Women in Dairy Advisory Council, composed of female leaders and mentors from across the dairy industry. More than 900 women and men are part of IDFA’s Women in Dairy.

Learn more about Women in Dairy and how to join the program here.

HR Leaders in Dairy

HR Leaders in Dairy is a community for top human resource officers in the dairy industry to exchange freely and openly on important topics related to engaging and developing the dairy workforce of the future. This IDFA community convenes virtual and in-person gatherings, networking opportunities, webinars and other learning and sharing experiences for its members.

Learn more about HR Leaders in Dairy and how to join the community here.

Dairy Diversity Coalition

The Dairy Diversity Coalition is our newest program of the IDFA People Strategy.  In partnership with Egon Zehnder and several of our IDFA members, we are committed to making a difference for diversity in dairy.

Our preliminary purpose and mission as informed by the members of our group is as follows: 

Staff Contact

Becky Rasdall

Senior Vice President, Trade and Workforce Policy