Monday, February 4, 2019

YDLI Class 11 Begins Phase 1 Meeting This Week!

The Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), kicks off Phase I of its eleventh class February 6-9, 2019, in Phoenix, Ariz. Sixty young adults from 22 U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, will take part in Class 11. A complete list of Class 11 participants can be found on the Holstein Foundation web site.

Before Phase I workshops begin, the class will have an opportunity to tour two Phoenix area dairy operations – Danzeisen Dairy and Arizona Dairy Company.

The three-phase program takes place over 12 months. Phase I includes hands-on workshops to improve attendees' leadership, communication, and advocacy skills, while offering opportunities for networking and building enthusiasm for the dairy industry.

Phase II, takes place in the year between Phase I and III, during which class members develop and use their new skills in a community outreach project of their choice.

Phase III, held February 5-8, 2020, will focus on group leadership skills and topics such as advanced communication training, conflict resolution skills, and influencing public policy. Class members will also give presentations on their Phase II projects.

The Holstein Foundation is sincerely grateful to the following organizations for their sponsorship of YDLI Class 11. We commend and thank these sponsors investing in leadership development for the dairy industry by supporting Young Dairy Leaders Institute.

Platinum Sponsors: 

Gold Sponsors: 

Silver Sponsors: 

Dairy Management Inc.
Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement

Bronze Sponsors: 

COBA/Select Sires
GEA Farm Technologies, Inc.

Dairy Producer Scholarship Providers:
Center for Dairy Excellence
Horace Backus Scholarship Fund
Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association
Robert Cain Scholarship Fund

Tune in starting Thursday for daily coverage live from YDLI Class 11! For more information about YDLI, visit the Holstein Foundation web site. If you are interested in being notified when applications for Class 12 are available (in 2021), you can sign up for our email list.

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