Program Overview

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.

Program Goals

1. Develop skills to effectively lead, manage and inspire those in the almond industry.
2. Enhance business relationships through networking and collaboration to understand all facets of leadership in the almond industry.
3. Learn about issues impacting the almond industry and effective communication strategies to use in response.
4. Master communication and leadership techniques relevant to managing or retaining a leadership position in the industry.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals seeking to apply for the Leadership Program must:

1. Reside in the state of California.
2. Demonstrate the willingness to learn and apply leadership skills within the industry.
3. Must have been employed for at least one year in the almond industry.
4. Obtain employer permission prior to submitting an application.
5. If self-employed, establish the ability to be away from their business for all scheduled Leadership Program events.
6. Sign a Memorandum of Understanding prior to the beginning of the program.
7. Commit to full attendance at all Leadership Program events.
8. Commit to completing assignments or reports as needed to successfully complete the Leadership Program.

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.

Participant Costs

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

Please download the application, complete, and email the final version to Jenny Nicolau.

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.