PMA Foundation Offers New Resources for Advancing Produce Careers

Members of the produce and floral supply chain now have even more assistance with attracting, developing and retaining a strong workforce. Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent (PMA Foundation) announces two new offerings for advancing produce careers: the High Performance Management Conference for mid-level managers and a robust job bank in partnership with

The High Performance Management Conference is set for Dec. 4-6 in Phoenix, Ariz. This first-ever conference will provide training for those professionals in the middle of an organization, a critical yet often underserved part of a company’s business team. Training will cover areas such as globalization, food safety, technology and team leadership, and is being designed in partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management, the same top international business school with which the PMA Foundation affiliated for the Emerging Leaders Program.

A new agreement with now gives PMA member companies looking to post employment opportunities access to a national portal focused exclusively on the agricultural industry. Companies supporting PMA Foundation’s Industry Talent Fund or Capital Campaign with a gift of at least $5,000 receive discounted rates on any of three packages ranging in offerings from basic to unlimited postings with access to extras such as market research, applicant tracking, and a compensation and benefits survey. Other PMA member companies can also participate at regular pricing.

“This new High Performance Management Conference and partnership with directly reflect what industry members tell us they need and also directly reflect industry’s support,” says Margi Prueitt, PMA senior vice president and PMA Foundation executive director. “PMA Foundation routinely invests donor dollars to enhance current initiatives and create new and relevant solutions to address the talent challenges of the global produce and floral industry.”

Since its inception in 2006, PMA Foundation has built a continuum of professional development programs and services that span the life of a person’s produce career.

  • Stage 1: Entrance into the industry – The Career Pathways programs and university outreach targets college students. The new partnership with further connects companies to talent.
  • Stage 2: Continuing education and networking – The Young Professionals Network includes the Emerging Leaders Program, Young Professionals Webinars and the Young Professionals Reception and develops industry professionals under 35 years of age.
  • Stage 3: Mid-career advancement – The Women’s Fresh Perspectives suite of programs and the first-ever High Performance Management Conference geared toward developing fundamental leadership, strategic execution and financial management skills for mid-career professionals.
  • Stage 4: Executive enhancement – The Executive Leadership Symposium program gives senior executives skills to enhance their leadership impact and address today’s strategic business challenges.
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