The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP) Class of 2012 participants recently completed the “Business Decision Making” seminar, held at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. The seminar, sponsored by Deere & Company, featured five distinguished professors delivering engaging sessions on cutting-edge business practices.
Over a two-year period the group is attending 14 seminars covering current social, political, business and economic issues affecting the agriculture industry. At the “Business Decision Making” seminar, the group heard from Dr. Mitchell Peterson, Chair of the Finance Department, on “Rethinking Risk Management.” Dr. Mohanbir Sawhney, the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology and Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation, led two sessions: “Becoming a Customer-Centric Firm” and “Perspectives on Business Innovation.”
Dr. Stephen Burnett, Professor of Management and Strategy and Associate Dean of Executive Education, challenged IALP participants with sessions on “Strategic Thinking.” Dr. J. Keith Murnighan, Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Risk Management, led two sessions on “Executive Decision Making,” and Dr. Timothy Fedderson, the Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences and Director of Social Enterprise at Kellogg, completed the final morning of the seminar with sessions on “Values Based Leadership.”
“We are thrilled to bring another class to the Kellogg School of Management to learn from its world-renown faculty,” said Joyce Watson, Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation President. “We’re grateful to John Deere for providing this opportunity as we seek to develop global policy and decision makers for the agricultural industry.”
The seminar was held at the James L. Allen Center on the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois. The center is designed and managed exclusively to support the school’s degree and non-degree executive programs, and hosts more than 6,000 executives annually in one or more of the school’s 160 executive programs.
The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation was founded in 1981. It is a non-profit educational corporation under Illinois law. A board of directors, comprised of recognized leaders in agriculture and business, oversees the program. Candidates for the leadership program are selected during a competitive application process. Men and women 25 to 49 years of age working full-time in production agriculture or ag-related occupations are encouraged to apply. An on-line application for the Class of 2014 is available at www.agleadership.org.
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