Apply Now For Cornerstone Dairy Academy

Three tracks of world-class leadership training are on tap for dairy producers and allied industry professionals at the 2024 PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy. Presented by the Professional Dairy Producers, the program will be March 12-13 at Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

Applications for the program are due Jan. 31. Apply here:

Participants in PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy will choose one of three learning pillars: Influential Leaders, Visionary Leaders or Servant Leaders. Each provides new insights and actionable strategies to improve leadership and communication skills. The program is designed for English- and Spanish-speakering college students, recent graduates, dairy producers and industry professionals.

“Cornerstone instilled in me the drive to lead through the work I can do for others,” says Cornerstone graduate Brooke Trustem, Larson Acres herdsperson and BouMatic marketing and events coordinator. “A good leader is one who can inspire and drive a group to want to accomplish something together. Cornerstone Dairy Academy inspired me to envision myself as a leader who can serve and grow others.”

Meet The Experts

The program offers insights from these experts:

  • Pillar 1: Influential Leaders – interacting with influence

Holly Green, behavioral scientist and experienced business leader; Rachel Wagner, etiquette expert of Rachel Wagner Etiquette and Protocol; and Hank Wagner, dairy producer, author and founder of Wagner Leadership Training

  • Pillar 2: Visionary Leaders – ethics, leadership and outlook

Dr. Richard Kyte, PhD, endowed professor at Viterbo University, and Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech

  • Pillar 3: Servant Leaders – serve, grow and lead

Tom Thibodeau, distinguished professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University

On March 13, participants will put their newly honed skills to work at the 2024 PDPW Business Conference, with opportunities to network with key industry influencers and experts from around the globe. Throughout the day, they’ll have opportunities to explore the latest technologies and learn about the newest dairy industry research alongside fellow dairy professionals.