Executive Leadership Symposium

March 6 – 10, 2016 l Glendale, Arizona

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 and floral 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, a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, designed the Emerging Leaders Program to prepare high potential leaders to embrace increasing levels of responsibility and ready them for the challenges and the opportunities that they will face.

Throughout this multifaceted program that includes a 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 and floral supply chain, participants will:

  • Access elite minds in industry, business and academia
  • Hone cross-functional skills through real-world simulations, case studies, group exercises and discussions
  • 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 supply chain

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 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.


2016 Program Components


January | February, 2016


March, 2016


March 6 – 10, 2016 l Glendale, Arizona USA


Between May and September, 2016


Between July and August, 2015


PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo
October 14-16, 2016 l Orlando, Florida USA

2016 Fees

2016 Emerging Leaders Program Fees

The PMA Foundation seeks high potential leaders from all segments of the produce and floral supply chain who would like to embrace increasing levels of responsibility and handle both challenges and opportunities inherent in future leadership roles. The program is designed for a maximum capacity of 36 “rising stars”.

2016 Program Fees and Details
2016 Program Fees (US$):
Includes registration, meals and hotel stay: PMA Members


  • Welcome Dinner on Sunday
  • All meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Breakfast Thursday
  • Program materials
  • Certificate of completion
  • Optional: four (4) nights accommodations (arrival March 6, departure March 10)
  • All Access Pass registration for 2016 Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition (October 14-16, 2016 l Orlando, Florida)

Attendees are responsible for their airfare to and from the program, transportation to and from the program, and their remaining meals.

For questions about the program, eligibility requirements or to learn how to nominate someone for consideration, please contact us at acalhoun@pmafoundation.com, or call +1 (302) 738-7100.


Thank You 2016 Sponsors!

Premier Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
sunkist growers
Official Media Sponsor


Participant Testimonials

In their words, Class of 2015 attendees said:

“The relationships we made during this week wouldn’t be possible to make anywhere else. Really I can’t think about a place where you can get to know people from such different backgrounds. What we learn changed the way you see the industry and the learnings will last a lifetime. “

Jose Carrasco, ERC Trade

“This is an intensive immersion into the industry that covers all the main trends, provides exposure to the key financial tools universal to business performance and strategy. The business simulation is intense, competitive, fun and a great learning experience. “

Aaron Daniels, The Kroger Co.

“This is a great program for young talent in agriculture. If you have aspirations of becoming a leader in your field you need to participate in this program. You can gain many tools to help you succeed.”

Kailan Elder, Domex Superfresh Growers

“PMA Foundation Emerging Leaders Program is an unbelievable course system tailored to the young leaders of our industry. It had been extremely rewarding not only with content learning, but also networking opportunities. I strongly recommend for anyone looking to forward their career in this complex industry.”

Galen Johnson, FreshPoint

2014 Participant Blog


Emerging Leaders Program Class Photos

Class of 2015

Emerging Leaders Program 2015

Class of 2014

Emerging Leaders Program 2014
View 2014 Photos

Class of 2013

Emerging Leaders Program 2013

Class of 2012

Class of 2011

Who Attended

Look who attended the 2015 program.

Black Gold Farms
Daymon Worldwide/Wegmans Food Markets
Del Campo Supreme
Delhaize America
Domex Superfresh Growers
Dulcinea Farms
ERC Trade
Exportadora Subsole S.A.
Fresh Express
Indianapolis Fruit Company
JV Smith Companies
Kam-Way Transportation, Inc.
Legacy Farms
Mastronardi Produce
Naturipe Farms
Pathfinder Cold Storage
Pro Citrus Network, Inc.
Produce Marketing Association
Progressive Produce