The US Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has announced the launch of its new program to nurture promising leaders in the blueberry industry. The program will accept up to 10 talented and passionate professionals from across the supply chain to become the inaugural Blueberry Industry Leadership Program Fellows.
The program, the first of its kind in the blueberry industry, is designed to help fellows develop their leadership skills, learn from industry leaders, and grow their relationships. Professional development within the industry is a priority as industry members strive to make blueberries the #1 berry in terms of sales volume and superior value. Fellows of the new program will lead the industry into its next period of growth.
“Our vision for the program is to engage aspiring leaders in the blueberry industry and equip them with the tools to play an active role in achieving USHBC’s bold goal of making blueberries the favorite fruit. world,” said Amanda Griffin, USHBC Vice President. engagement and education, and lead program facilitator. “The people who are leaders in the blueberry industry today got where they are through learning, collaboration, and a drive to grow and innovate. This program will open doors and make connections for people who share the same passion as our current leadership for the success of the blueberry industry. »
The leadership program will begin later this spring and run through next year, taking an interactive approach to leadership development through hands-on training, immersive learning experiences, engagement with key players in the industry and exposure to the many components of the supply chain. Fellows will participate both virtually and in person, traveling four times during the program between May 2022 and August 2023, with a graduation ceremony taking place during USHBC’s 2023 Fall Meetings. To offset expenses and material costs, fellows will be required to pay a fee of $2,500.
USHBC seeks applicants who are promising leaders, who hold a mid-level management position, and who have at least five years of agricultural experience, with preference given to those who have worked in the blueberry industry. Potential scholarship recipients can click here to apply and learn more about the program.
Applicants will be judged on their leadership potential, passion and commitment to the success of the blueberry industry, relevance of their career to the blueberry industry, professional credentials and suitability overall to the program. Applicants will also be required to submit a letter of recommendation to be considered.
The application deadline is Monday, April 11, 2022. Applications will be evaluated by the USHBC Industry Leadership Program Selection Committee, comprised of members of the USHBC Board of Trustees and representatives from industry. Top applicants will be interviewed throughout April and selected scholarship recipients will be notified the week of May 2, 2022.