Leadership training, industry education, and hands-on learning are all part of the Almond Industry Leadership Program (AILP).

The leadership development experience, beginning its second year in February 2010, offers opportunities for professional and personal growth for young and diverse almond-invested individuals.

Participants will learn about this major agricultural industry and its constituents, as well as the important role that the Almond Board and committees play in contributing to its overall well-being.

The AILP is a year-long, mentored program consisting of leadership training seminars, comprehensive industry education, hands-on educational opportunities, field experience, and a firsthand view of how the Almond Board and its committees work to prepare participants for more active roles in the almond industry and agriculture as a whole.

The AILP will assist participants in achieving their full leadership potential; supplying knowledge, skills and confidence to provide capable industry leadership, a well-rounded education in the almond industry, an enhanced understanding of industry issues, a wide range of professional contacts within the industry, a valuable addition to a professional résumé, and exposure to the expertise of a wide range of industry experts.

Applications for the 2010 program year are being accepted through Dec. 14. Applications and information are available for online submission at almondboard.com/leadership.

Almond Board representatives will questions about the leadership program during the annual Almond Industry Conference, Dec. 9-10, at the Modesto Centre Plaza, Modesto, Calif.

For more information, contact Lori Gerhardt at (209) 343-3245 or lgerhardt@almondboard.com.