May 10, 2021
NPC summer meeting going virtual again, PILI alumni summit planned

The National Potato Council’s (NPC) summer meeting will be virtual again in 2021 due to ongoing pandemic-caused travel challenges.

The virtual event is set for July 27-30, 2021. An in-person meeting had been planned to take place in Presque Isle, Maine — home of the Maine Potato Board and not far from LaJoie Growers, which is home to current NPC President Dominic LaJoie.

“While we are disappointed we are not able to host an in-person event, the limited availability of facilities and travel-related challenges led the executive committee to make the decision to go virtual. Details on the schedule will be announced soon,” the NPC announced.

PILI alumni summit planned for July

The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) is offering a three-day, virtual Leadership Institute Alumni Summit to drive success and leadership within the industry.

Each day of the virtual program will include a high-energy, engaging 90-minute session designed to refresh skills, network with fellow PILI alums and learn new techniques.

Events are set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern (9 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific) July 13-15.

The schedule includes:

  • Tuesday, July 13 — Refining Your Leadership Skills with Laurie Richards. This session will include defining, communicating and motivating team members to achieve your vision.
  • Wednesday, July 14 — Refining Your Conflict Management with Eric Herdman. This session will focus on managing conflict to achieve necessary results.
  • Thursday, July 15 — Boosting the Team’s Morale with Laurie Richards. This session will cover ways to increase morale with any team — in the workplace, at home, or in your community.

Register for the PILI alumni summit here.

Top: National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles speaks during the 2019 summer meetings at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

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