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SEPC Announces Next Generation Leadership Academy


The Southeast Produce Council is expanding its education portfolio with a program designed for up-and-coming leaders. 

The year-long leadership development program will provide participants an approach to conscious leadership ideals and methodologies. Participants will develop leadership skills and prepare to navigate industry challenges with a growth mindset.

The academy will feature quarterly modules that will include virtually guided events and up to two in-person programming events. This program will equip and prepare participants for future leadership responsibilities with content relevant to their leadership challenges.

“When we received an overwhelming number of nominations for our prestigious Next Generation Award last year, we realized the need to transform a single award into a robust leadership program,” said Raina Nelson of Westfalia Fruit USA and SEPC past chairman.

“The Next Generation Leadership Academy is more than a moment, more than a single award, and has been thoughtfully designed to recognize, honor and invest in future leaders seeking to be changemakers in the produce industry.”

Nominations are now open for the SEPC Next Generation Leadership Academy and will close Dec. 15.

Nominees should have organizational level support to participate. The inaugural class will be announced during the General Session and Keynote Luncheon at Southern Exposure 2023 and will graduate at Southern Exposure 2024.

Eligibility requirements for nominees:

  • Emerging leader in produce, mid-level manager or above;
  • Employed in the produce industry for at least four years;
  • Member in “good standing” of the SEPC; and
  • Must possess a vision for leadership, a strong drive to carry it out, and strong communications skills to convey why they believe they would be a good candidate for the program by submitting a short video for selection process.

The SEPC is a member-driven, non-profit association of more than 3,000 leaders from all facets of the produce industry. It was formed more than 20 years ago to promote the value of fresh fruits and vegetables in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia through networking, innovation, community and education.

For more information, visit seproducecouncil.com.

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