The Almond Board of California offers a one-year leadership program that encourages individuals in the almond industry to participate in leadership training and take a leadership role in the future of the California Almond industry.
In 2009, the Almond Board of California set out on a mission to encourage a new set of individuals with diverse backgrounds to become leaders in the industry. The result was the creation of the Almond Leadership Program. The no-cost, year-long program is designed to provide a mentored experience for the next generation, including leadership training seminars, hands-on educational opportunities, field experience and a firsthand look at the inner workings of the Almond Board of California.
Individuals seeking to apply for the Leadership Program must:
The Leadership Program requires approximately 75–85 hours of attendance at seminars and events, and 15–25 hours of interactive learning to complete assignments. All applicants must have reliable transportation and be available to travel to seminars and events as scheduled. Full consideration will be provided to all applicants regardless of age, gender, race or other distinguishing characteristics about the applicant.
The Almond Leadership Program does not charge for participation in the program. Any costs incurred with mileage will be reimbursed at the government rate. Educational materials, meals and occasional lodging accommodations are paid for courtesy of the Almond Board of California. Please note that participants in the Leadership Program may incur small incidental expenses associated with scheduled seminars and industry events. These costs are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid for at the time of the event.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2016 Almond Leadership Program are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2015.
Evaluation & Review of Applications
Completed applications will be evaluated by a panel of Almond Board staff and industry members. Applicants will be notified to schedule a personal interview with Almond Board staff, Board of Directors or committee members, and other stakeholders in the Leadership Program. If unavailable for a personal interview, applicants will be offered the option of a phone interview.
Selection & Notification
Successful applicants will be notified upon selection by standard U.S. postal service. With the letter of acceptance, applicants will receive a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that must be completed, signed and returned within two weeks after the date of the acceptance letter. Failure to return a completed MOU may void an applicant’s acceptance into the program.
For questions or more information, contact Jenny Nicolau.