Applications for United Fresh leadership class now open

Applications for United Fresh leadership class now open

The deadline to apply for the year-long course is March 30.

February 5, 2018
Edited by Chris Manning

Applications are now open for United Fresh's Produce Industry Leadership Program are now open. Those interested must apply by March 30. 

According to United Fresh, the program is free to those selected and includes all travel costs. 

The Produce Industry Leadership Program is designed for produce industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journey, according to a press release.

Established in 1995, the Produce Industry Leadership Program is made possible through the generous support of program sponsor DowDuPont Agriculture Division. With extensive involvement from professional trainers, faculty, leading United Fresh members and DowDuPont Agriculture Division executives, the program focuses on four core areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Business Relationships
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Media and Public Communications

Whether touring lettuce fields in California or citrus groves in Florida, building a deeper understanding of each others’ businesses while trekking across the country in a bus, participants learn some of the most important industry lessons and skills from each other.

Candidates must complete an online application form, including two essays about why they would like to participate in the program and what they consider to be the most important challenges and opportunities facing the produce industry today. Each class is selected in a confidential process by an independent committee of the United Fresh Board and leadership alumni. Eligibility is limited to representatives of United Fresh member companies, and all candidates must have the support of their companies to participate. Individuals are chosen from a broad cross-section of the produce industry, reflecting the breadth of United Fresh’s membership.

The class will travel together four times over the course of one year. Candidates must commit to participation in the entire program, including attendance at all events. There will be approximately 22 travel days throughout the year-long program.

More information is available at