Applications for PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy Due January 31

Don’t Miss Leadership Training Program to be Held March 17-18 in Madison, Wis.

Applications for the 2020 PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™, presented by the Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW), are due on Friday., Jan. 31. Dairy farmers and industry professionals are encouraged to submit applications for this interactive training program, which will be held Mar. 17-18, 2020, starting with registration at 9:00 a.m. at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

This in-depth professional development training is designed to provide attendees a strong foundation for their personal and professional growth and provide the tools needed to lead with heightened purpose, character and integrity.



The program offers a choice of three comprehensive tracks running concurrently:

· Pillar 1: Influential Leaders will focus on polishing leadership and communications skills by understanding behavior types, communication methods and delivering a great first impression. The training is facilitated by Trevina Broussard of Frontline Success Training and Consulting; Liz Bockman MPH of Everyday Etiquette; and Hank Wagner, dairy farmer and founder of Wagner Leadership Training.

· Pillar 2: Visionary Leaders builds skill sets in decision making and strategic planning, with an emphasis on ethical standards. The training is facilitated by Dr. Richard Kyte, Endowed Professor at Viterbo University, and Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.

· Pillar 3: Servant Leaders will outline the characteristics and best practices to lead with empathy and build positive teams and communities. The training is facilitated by Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor at Viterbo University.

Attendees will put their newly-honed skills to work at the 2020 PDPW Business Conference, on Mar. 18 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Alongside their peers, they will engage with key influencers, dairy experts, and explore the best-in-class education, hands-on labs, and keynotes presenting at dairy’s premier educational event.

“The Cornerstone Dairy Academy is a tremendous experience to build the leadership and decision-making skills that are critical to thriving in today’s changing dairy industry,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director and dairy farmer in Slinger, Wis. “Each pillar is tailored to our attendees’ needs and includes practical tips to put new skills to work immediately, starting with the PDPW Business Conference on the second day.”

The PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy training is application-based to preserve the quality and level of interaction. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 2020 at Contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379 with questions.



The PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy is an accredited training and offers Dairy AdvanCE and UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) continuing education units (CEUs). To learn more or secure credits, visit

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation’s largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.

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