Leadership development for dairy professionals


Three tracks available, held March 17-18 in Madison, Wis.

Leadership is a result of blending abilities and experiences. Leading with professionalism and confidence is critical to a businesses’ success in today’s fast-changing dairy industry. The PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™, presented by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), brings together leading experts to focus on communications, leadership and people-development skills.

This program is designed for dairy producers and agribusiness whom are eager to improve their people-development and leadership skills and aspire to higher levels in life and workplace management. The two-day program will be held Mar. 17-18, 2020, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.



Three training pillars will be held simultaneously on Day One (Mar. 17).  Participants select one:

  • Pillar 1: Influential Leaders facilitated by Trevina Broussard of Frontline Success Training and Consulting; Liz Bockman MPH of Everyday Etiquette; and Hank Wagner, founder of Wagner Leadership Training.
  • Pillar 2: Visionary Leaders facilitated by Dr. Richard Kyte, Endowed Professor at Viterbo University, and Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.
  • Pillar 3: Servant Leaders facilitated by Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor at Viterbo University.

On Day Two (March 18), participants will put their newly refined skills to work at the 2020 PDPW Business Conference, with opportunities to network with key industry influencers and experts, explore the latest technologies and learn about the newest dairy industry research alongside fellow dairy professionals.

“It is so refreshing to come to a conference that not only leaves you feeling motivated and inspired, but also with actionable items to take back home for more success and positivity in life,” said Sydney Endres of U.S. Jersey.

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 https://pdpw.org/cornerstone-dairy-academy/. 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 www.DairyAdvance.org.

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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