The deadline to apply for the Almond Board of California’s year-long leadership effort - the Almond Leadership Program (ALP) - is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.
Those interested should go online to www.almonds.com/growers and look for “Almond Leadership Program” under “Programs & Events” to apply, or contact Jenny Nicolau at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (209) 343-3248.
ALP is entering its eighth year as a vehicle to prepare new industry leaders. Throughout the years, the program has evolved into helping participants grow as leaders and advocates.
“I started working in the almond industry with zero agricultural experience, and the leadership program helped me learn a lot,” says Bobby McCuan, 2013 Almond Leadership Program participant. “After participating in the program, I’ve been able to evolve my career for the better and continue my involvement in the almond industry.”
At the completion of each annual program, participants serve as non-voting members for a year on an ABC committee to continue to expand their leadership skills and involvement within the almond industry beyond their day-to-day activities.
“It’s my job to work with several commodities, and after participating in the program, I’ve gone from minimal involvement in the almond industry to being heavily involved,” says 2015 program participant Sim Batth.
“I currently sit as a leadership member on the Global Market Development Committee, so I’m able to have a voice and contribute within Almond Board of California.”