Executive Leadership Symposium

March 8 – 12, 2015 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, 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 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 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.


2015 Program Components


February, 2015


February, 2015


March 8 – 12, 2015 l Glendale, Arizona USA


Between May and September, 2015


Between July and August, 2015


PMA Fresh Summit Convention + Expo
October 23-25, 2015 l Atlanta, Georgia USA

2015 Fees

2015 Emerging Leaders 2015 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”.

2015 Program Fees and Details
2015 Program Fees (US$):
For participants
requiring a hotel stay:
PMA Members
For participants not
requiring a hotel stay:
PMA Members


  • Welcome Dinner on Sunday
  • All meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday
  • Program materials
  • Certificate of completion
  • Optional: four (4) nights accommodations (arrival March 8, departure March 12)
  • All Access Pass registration for 2015 Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition (October 23-25, 2015 l Atlanta, Georgia)

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 2015 Sponsors!

Premier Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
sunkist growers
Official Media Sponsor


Participant Testimonials

In their words, Class of 2014 attendees said:

“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


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