Twenty-four individuals have been selected for Class 47 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. The new fellows were recently inaugurated at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
Class 47 fellows are Kevin Antongiovanni, Bakersfield; Tom Barrios, Woodland; Jared Britschgi, Bakersfield; Casey Creamer, Fresno; Christopher Drew, Castroville; Ted Grether, Somis; Randi Gwilliam, Tulare; John Hay, Bakersfield; Hans Herkert, Yuba City; Stuart Hoetger, Chico; Nadav Ichaki, Santa Monica; Tucker Knutz, Lemoore; Brad Koehn, Turlock; Hunter Lindemann, Gustine; John McKeon, Santa Cruz; Jason Miller, Newcastle; Jenny Lester Moffitt, Davis; Darrin Monteiro, Hanford; Matt Patton, Elk Grove; Brad Reinhart, Hanford; Jill Scofield, Granite Bay; Matt Stornetta, Sonoma; Doug Thomas, Red Bluff; and Kiran Toor, Yuba City.
“Class 47 is another outstanding example of individuals eager to further their leadership development so they can make a positive difference for California agriculture,” said Barry Bedwell, President of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which operates the program. “With the valuable skills they develop during the program, these men and women will be better prepared to deal effectively and competently with issues affecting agriculture, businesses, organizations, and communities.”
Through dynamic seminars during an intensive 17-month program, fellows will study leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence, and complex social and cultural issues.
Seminars are delivered by four partner universities – Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, and University of California, Davis. Fellows will participate in 56 seminar days, including an eight-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar.
Ag Leadership is considered to be one of the premier leadership development programs in the U.S. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have participated in Ag Leadership and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in the agriculture industry and other areas.