"We build our lives and careers using building blocks consisting of family, education, life experiences and a multitude of other intangibles. All of these collectively develop an individual’s character and values. Exposure to people and ideas outside of one’s normal environment are crucial to the development of a well-rounded individual. IALP, in a nineteen-month program, exposes you to new ideas, perspectives and experiences. This program capitalizes upon your strengths and builds your confidence which enables you to succeed not only in your career but in your life. The opportunities and experiences the IALP provided to me were invaluable.
"Through my own experience, I learned so much during the two years and regard that experience as one of the most valuable that I have ever had. Each time I have an opportunity to share what I learned, I do –, especially with potential participants. I believe the program is the best in the state to help solidify our message to those who have little or no exposure to agriculture. The program also provides the opportunity to amplify our message within our own ranks. It delivers a vehicle for pride and accomplishments. Illinois’ ag industry, its citizens and overall ag community benefit from IALF."
"It seems like everywhere you go people are talking about how we need to develop leadership and communications skills. Well, the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program is doing just that – developing leadership and communication skills in the next generation of agricultural spokespeople. The time spent in the program helped me to see a broader picture of agriculture and make connections that I would not have otherwise made. The connections have not only helped me personally, but they have helped me professionally."
The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program has been one of the best things I could have done for my career in agriculture and also for my personal growth. I am excited to do my part for the agriculture industry in ways that I was not aware of before joining the Class of 2018. This program and the people I have met have grown my knowledge of the industry, stretched my viewpoints and given me a well-rounded experience I will be able to utilize as I do my part to help shape the future of agriculture. I am proud to be a member of this program and I look forward to utilizing everything I am learning to be a leader for my industry.
"IALF impacted my life on a personal and professional level. The program pushed me way outside my box. The personal growth has been incredible. My professional growth has also been heavily impacted. I learned leadership skills that I use automatically daily. My eyes were opened by the places we went and the things we experienced. "I am not the same having seen the moon on the other side of the world". Thank you IALF for making me a better person."