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Inspiring and Developing Leaders: LEAD New York Recruiting Class 18

February 01, 2019

With over 500 alumni and in continuous operation for over 30 years, few can dispute the fact that the LEAD New York Program has had a dramatic influence on the food, agriculture and natural resource sectors in the northeast. We are pleased to share that we are soliciting applications for our 18th class.

This exciting program has had considerable influence on its participants and the businesses and organizations they lead. One recent graduate said, “LEAD has had a more significant impact on how I run my farm than my four-year college degree in agriculture.” LEAD NY graduates hold prominent leadership positions in New York State. Many of the skills developed in our program are precisely the skills leaders need to fulfill their responsibilities effectively, and the professional networks that are built are an asset that alumni benefit from for years.

Farm Credit East and LEADNY have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. Dozens of FCE employees have participated in the program, including several members of the senior management team. Several FCE board members are LEADNY alumni, and countless FCE customers come from the LEADNY alumni ranks. It is truly a professional development program that is beneficial to the organization.

LEADNY is a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries of the Northeast. Participants meet monthly from October through April in each year of the program. In the first year, meetings are held at different locations throughout New York State, and the 25 days of training focus largely on self-awareness and leadership skill development. Individuals that successfully complete year one will receive a certificate of completion for the “Leadership Fundamentals” portion of our program, and will be well-positioned to serve in a variety of local leadership roles. At the end of the first year, participants reapply for the second year of the program, which will entail 25-30 days of commitment and involve more out-of-state and international travel, including a 10-12 day study tour. Individuals successfully completing the second year of the program will have the distinction of being known as “LEAD Fellows.”

Applications are be available at beginning January 1, 2019, and will be due March 1. Interviews will be conducted during the week of March 18, and our new class will be selected by early April.


For more information
Contact: Larry Van De Valk, Executive Director, LEAD NY Program
Telephone: 607.255.7907
Address: 275B Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853