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PMA: High Performance Management Conference, Dec. 4-6

A recent study by Boston Consulting Group found that mid-level managers have the potential to lead organizational transformations; however, these employees often receive the least amount of training. In an effort to provide industry support, the Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent (PMA Foundation) has developed the High Performance Management Conference, Dec. 4-6 in Phoenix, Ariz., geared toward developing fundamental leadership, strategic execution and financial management skills for mid-career professionals. The program's design is being developed in partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management, the same international business school with which the PMA Foundation affiliated for the Emerging Leaders Program.

 "The High Performance Management Conference creates a growth blueprint for a critical yet often underserved portion of a company's business team," says Margi Prueitt, PMA senior vice president and executive director for PMA Foundation, "Our members have told us there's a lack of industry-focused training for mid-level managers who need skills to translate organizational strategy into day-to-day actions and successfully drive performance and profitability in a rapidly changing industry full of complex issues. This program will fill that gap."

A sample of session topics include:
  • Globalization: A deep dive into the produce industry - Offering an opportunity to examine how changing consumer, digital technology and demographic shifts are rapidly changing the industry's business environment.
  • Talent Management: How to prepare for and manage the shortfall - Research shows the working age population is expected to decline in many countries and the labor gap is projected to surge to 8.3 million by 2030. This session explores how the produce and floral industry can prepare for the transformation on the horizon.
  • Risk & Crisis Management - As technological advances continue to make business transparent to the consumer, risk management will continue to be critical to the success of your company. In this session, participants will learn to prepare for crisis in order to mitigate the threat to their organization, defuse the element of surprise, and make the best decision in a short time-frame.
"Managers are a resource worth investing in," says Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration for Naturipe Farms LLC and PMA Foundation Talent Development Committee member, Aribel Beck. "The Wall Street Journal noted that nearly 40 percent of this segment of employees stay with a company for more than 10 years. In a workforce otherwise saturated with turnover, this loyal group is crucial to the industry's longevity."

Register early by October 25 to save; PMA members receive additional discount. Quantity discounts are also available for multiple attendees from the same company.
For more information about speaker and program details, sponsorship opportunities or to register, please click here.

For more information:
Ashley Boucher
Tel: +1 (302) 738-7100, ext. 3092

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