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March 8 – 12, 2015 l Glendale, Arizona USA

This multifaceted and rigorous program prepares high potential leaders from all segments of the global produce and floral supply chain, to embrace increasing levels of responsibility and handle both challenges and opportunities inherent in future leadership roles within the industry.



Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders.

Everyday, companies in the produce industry are faced with many business issues that are key to their survival. None of these are more important, nor challenging, than finding, developing and retaining top talent. With the goal of ensuring a continued pipeline of qualified and capable leaders, PMA Foundation, in partnership with the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management, designed an Emerging Leaders Program to prepare high potential leaders to embrace increasing levels of responsibility and ready them for the challenges and the opportunities that will accompany future leadership roles within the industry.

Throughout this multifaceted program that includes a newly expanded four day “on campus” component, online modules and a capstone course at PMA’s Fresh Summit, one of the most important platforms for understanding and connecting with the global fresh produce supply chain, participants will:

  • Access some of the most elite business minds and leaders in and outside the industry
  • Hone cross-functional skills through real-world simulations, case studies, group exercises and discussions
  • Network with peers from across the supply chain
  • Examine business practices through a global lens
  • Gain strategic thinking skills necessary to become a more effective leader in current and future roles
  • Build valuable relationships with peers throughout the global produce supply chain that will last for many years

Start to finish, the Emerging Leaders Program is a learning-infused leadership experience that will “catapult participant’s thinking and leadership abilities”.

Who Should Attend

Who is Right for the Emerging Leaders Program?

The right mix of participants is critical in creating an environment where all experiences and perspectives are exchanged, and a broad view of the world–wide industry landscape can be brought into focus. As space is limited to 36 rising stars, applicants for the 2014 program will be selected based on meeting a majority of the criteria below:

1.  Age range – 27-35 (+/- 2 years)
2.  5-10 years professional experience
3.  Cross functional background
4.  Recruited from across the industry
5.  High potentials/go-to individuals/seen naturally as a leader
6.  Strive to go beyond their job description

Note: Proficiency in English, both oral and written, is essential for successful participation.


2014 Program Components


February – March, 2014


Late March, 2014


April 6 – 10, 2014 l Glendale, Arizona USA


May and September, 2014


July – August, 2014


PMA Fresh Summit Convention + Expo
October 17-19, 2014 l Anaheim, California USA

2014 Sponsors

Thank You 2014 Sponsors!

Founding Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor

sunkist growers

Official Media Sponsor

The Produce News


What They Had To Say: Class of 2014

“Go to the Emerging Leaders Program for a wonderful opportunity to network with other young professionals and also to gain a wealth of knowledge on the industry as well as the development of your leadership skills.”

Kyle LeStrange, To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc.

“This program helped me to understand more of the big picture about our industry and where it is heading. It was an incredible opportunity and I was honored to be a participant.”

Nicholas Brown, Lipman

“The Emerging Leaders Program is one of the most intense, focused and educational experiences I have ever been a part of. The vast amount of material covered is immediately applicable, and guaranteed to help the advancement of my career path.”

Ray Mizutani, Sunkist Growers, Inc.

“If you would like to advance your produce career – the Emerging Leaders Program is a must!”

Elena Hernandez, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.

2014 Participant Blog

Class Photos

Emerging Leaders Program Photos

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