Center for Growing Talent

New opportunities for professional development

Center for Growing Talent by PMA has announced the newest addition to a suite of development opportunities for produce and floral industry young professionals. The new offering is a 12-month online certificate program focused on Management Fundamentals for Young Professionals developed with The University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education program, the same partners that designed the Emerging Leaders Program. The certificate, sponsored by Oppy, is the first step for young professionals to build essential management knowledge and skills.  

The online certificate program joins a suite of offerings for professionals at the onset of their careers. Other programs include the monthly Listen, Learn Connect virtual networking series and the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a year-long program for high-potential talent from all segments of the supply chain. 

“Center for Growing Talent is committed to being the talent solution for the fresh produce and floral industries,” said Doug Bohr, executive director. “Our portfolio offers member companies and industry professionals a choice of complementary training opportunities that fit their unique needs and budgets. This certificate program affords the opportunity to develop fundamental management skills and business acumen that will serve professionals and our member companies well throughout their careers.”  

Registration is open for the 12-month certificate course, with three individual courses (sub-units) released each quarter. Upon completion of these sub-units, professionals will receive electronic badges and a certificate will be issued once the entire program is completed. Individuals can sign up at any time to take the courses at their own pace.

The program is designed to serve individuals and teams of people from across the industry who are in the early stages of their careers and looking to build essential leadership, management and financial skills. It is a perfect precursor to the Emerging Leaders Program. Programs like ELP and the new certificate course are possible not only because of the investment companies make in their teams by supporting their participation but also in contributions and sponsorships from partner companies like lead sponsor Oppy. 

“We’re honored to partner with CGT for this exciting new program,” said Satri Alpine, vice-president of talent and culture for Oppy. “Given Oppy’s involvement with the Center for Growing Talent since the very beginning and how much it’s benefited our teammates over the years, we’re thrilled to sponsor this initiative. It is vital to invest in professional growth at any stage of someone’s career, but especially when folks are just starting out.” 

For those interested in learning more or to register, the program is listed in the Fresh Ed Academy suite of courses. Registration is also open for the Emerging Leaders Program which will be held in person in December 2021 at the University of Arizona as well as the Listen, Learn, Connect virtual series for Young Professionals.  

For more information:
Siobhan May
Produce Marketing Association
Tel: +1 (302) 781-5855 

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