Jan 10, 2024
Potato LEAF launches new leadership program at Gettysburg

The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) has launched a new program to be held July 15-18 at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

“Leadership in the Field: From Battlefield to Potato Field” will educate visitors about elements of the battle, including how ordinary people were asked to do extraordinary things that impacted the war.

“Potato LEAF is excited to launch Leadership in the Field as a new and unique opportunity to utilize the resources of America’s most revered battlefield to help develop the skills of our industry’s leaders,” Gregg Halverson, Potato LEAF board chair, said in a news release.

Halverson also announced the program at a National Potato Council breakfast meeting at the 2024 Potato Expo on Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

The Battle of Gettysburg provides a case for the study of leadership, according to the release. Character, communication, team building, humility, flexibility, resilience, strategic or visionary thinking, problem-solving under pressure, and accountability are some of the lessons offered by the experience, according to the release.

Applications are being accepted through March 1 and are open to anyone in the U.S. potato industry. Participants will be selected with preference given to individuals who have participated in leadership programs and are currently serving or have served in industry leadership roles.

The fee for selected participants is $1,800, which includes all programming by Licensed Battlefield Guides, most meals and lodging.

The cost of travel is not included in the program fees.

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