21 Graduate From PDP Dairy Academy

Twenty-one dairy farmers and allied industry professionals received recognition for completing all three pillars of leadership training in Cornerstone Dairy Academy®. The application-based leadership-development program is designed to build the skills of dairy producers and industry professionals who want to expand their skills to lead with purpose, character and integrity.

Presented by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDP), the 2-day program focuses on enhancing the skills of communication, visionary thinking, ethical leadership, servant-oriented leadership and professional etiquette. The presenters also equip attendees with tools to work through workplace challenges caused by generational differences and diversities in emotional intelligence.

The 2024 Cornerstone Dairy Academy began on Tuesday, March 12, and was held in conjunction with the PDP Business Conference being held at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., March 13-14.

“Every year, we are excited to have such a high caliber of applicants to Cornerstone Dairy Academy,” said Amber Keel, PDP Program Coordinator. “The program’s popularity underscores the need for leadership-development programs in the dairy industry – for producers and allied industry professionals alike.”

The 2024 Cornerstone Dairy Academy graduates who have completed all three pillars – Influential, Visionary and Servant Leadership – include:

  • Kelsey Birschbach, Rosendale, WI
  • Angela Bright, Middleton, WI
  • Jessica Cederquist, Madison, WI
  • Jordan Crave, Waterloo, WI
  • Nate Goeldi, Rochester, MN
  • Alison Kepner, Baraboo, WI
  • Filadelfo Lopez, Kiel, WI
  • Kristen Metcalf, Milton , WI
  • Maria Meyer, Loyal, WI
  • Heron Mireles, Chili, WI
  • Heather Moore, Maquoketa, IA
  • Jason Nemec, Spencer, WI
  • Kiley Pagel, Kewaunee, WI
  • Sam Peetz, Watertown, WI
  • Nicole Pralle, Humbird, WI
  • Eliza Ruzic, Greenwood, WI
  • Sarah Schalk, Waldo, WI
  • Rick Schultz, Palmyra, WI
  • Alex Volovsek, Greenwood, WI
  • Nathan Watson, Stevens Point, WI
  • Amanda Williams, Shawano, WI