Emerging Professionals


The agribusiness workforce is rapidly evolving, and the need for strong, emerging leaders in our companies has reached a critical level. In 2014, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) recognized this challenge and offered its members a robust leadership development program – the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program – to help continue to grow a leadership pipeline and ensure a strong future for Indiana's agribusinesses.


ACI is seeking 20 aspiring leaders from across our membership to participate in the 2020 class. Participants selected through the application process (on a first-come, first-served basis) are expected to attend the nine sessions noted below, including an ACI Board Meeting.


The program will provide participants with an in-depth view of Indiana’s agribusiness community and an opportunity to hear from and meet key leaders across the sector. These sessions include:

2020 Commitments

January 22   Welcome! Annual ACI Membership Meeting, Statehouse Lunch (Indianapolis, IN)
February 11   Introductions and State Policy Process (Indiana Statehouse – Indianapolis, IN)
May 7-8   Understanding Personal Style & Differences  (Burns Harbor, IN) 
July 15   Problem Solving  (Purdue University College of Agriculture – West Lafayette, IN)
August 12   ACI Conference (Noblesville, IN)
September 10-11   Federal Policy Process (Washington, D.C.)
October 2   Resolving Conflict (Red Gold Foods, Alexandria, IN)
December 4   Empowering Others (Vincennes, IN)
January 2021   Graduation (Indianapolis, IN)

2021 Commitments

Emerging Leaders will be required to make an ACI pledge for the year following their participation.  Participants can choose one from the following list and will be asked to pledge once they have been accepted to the program.

  • Serve on an ACI committee for one year
  • Attend two ACI events
  • Make or secure a $500 donation to the PAC
  • Obtain two new members for ACI
  • Make or secure $500 in sponsorships for ACI
  • Recruit one participant for the 2021 EPLP class


Registration for this program does require the completion of a modest application process. Space is limited so get your application in TODAY!

  1. Applicants must work for a member organization/company of ACI.
  2. Emerging leaders will need to talk with their supervisor and/or company leadership to determine if the interested individual has approval to commit to the program.
  3. Individuals must fully complete an official application, which includes one letter of recommendation.
  4. Applicants and their supervisors and/or company leadership must sign a letter of commitment to the scheduled sessions and program fees ($3950).

Applicants must submit their completed applications by December 10, 2019. 

Apply for the 2020 EPLP class!