Selected for Iowa Corn Leadership class
Recently, 20 individuals from across the state were selected for the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) Class 7. The class consists of farmers, educators, agribusiness and governmental leaders from across the state.
“The number of highly qualified applicants was outstanding,” said Lowell Appleton, an Iowa Corn director and chair of the committee that oversees the program. “This class represents future leaders in Iowa and I am looking forward to being a part of their two-year leadership adventure.”
The I-LEAD program was developed and is sponsored by Iowa Corn in recognition that the future of Iowa agriculture depends on developing leaders who have a passion for agriculture. The goal of the two-year program is to provide Iowa’s talented men and women with the tools they need to succeed as leaders and spokespeople. The first session includes leadership style learning and team building activities. Other sessions will include commodity information, a domestic agricultural mission and policy information.
Integral parts of the I-LEAD program include; gaining an understanding of agriculture, making decisions as a group and developing leadership skills. Many of the two-day meetings are spent discovering more about members’ leadership style and building a foundation for working with different personalities and points of view. The class may choose to fundraise for an international mission to a location of their choice in the second year.
Among the members named of I-LEAD Class 7 was Christopher Mehrens of Story City. I-LEAD Class 7 will start their journey in November. For more information, visit iowacorn.org/ilead.
More than 120 leaders have graduated from the I-LEAD program and many have gone onto leadership roles within the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board or other community or commodity organizations.