The Emerging Leaders Program helps companies address two key challenges in the fresh produce and floral industry to groom young professionals who have exceptional potential and to equip them with techniques and framework needed to work with others to drive organizational success.

During this four and a half day program, coupled with ongoing online learning and a capstone course at PMA's Fresh Summit, participants will:

  • Learn from top industry leaders and university professors
  • Hone cross-functional skills through real-world simulations, case studies, group exercises and discussions
  • Build valuable relationships with peers throughout the global supply chain
  • Take advantage of professional coaching during the program

Why Attend?

For companies: ELP is an opportunity to engage and empower key young employees as they rise through your organization, creating a pipeline of qualified leaders. Through group projects, simulated business challenges and discussions, participants will gain practical experience that will help them progress toward senior roles with greater responsibility.

For employees:
ELP offers advanced business training developed in partnership with the University of Arizona and specifically designed for our industry. This intensive, multi-faceted program prepares participants to tackle business challenges, respond to opportunity and lead with confidence.

Who Should Attend?

The program is limited to 40 participants, creating an intimate setting for learning and discussion. Applicants will be selected to participate based on meeting a majority of the criteria below:
  • Age range – 27-35 (+/- 2 years)
  • 5-10 years professional experience
  • Cross functional background
  • Recruited from across the industry
  • High potential who are recognized for their innate leadership abilities and who routinely go beyond their job description
  • Proficiency in English is essential for successful participation
2021 program dates will be available soon!