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Committed to investing in human capital, major companies have spent millions of dollars in leadership development. Although these companies have been developing leaders at an ever-increasing speed, the call to create and nurture the leadership skills of agricultural and rural individuals has largely been unheard.
Answering this call, the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) develops and enhances the leadership capabilities of diverse men and women committed to the future of Colorado’s agricultural and rural communities.
Coaxing a living from the land, providing rural community products and services, agricultural and rural peoples have significantly contributed to Colorado’s tapestry. CALP enriches this culture through a hands-on, interactive progrram dedicated to producing graduates with the vision and commitment to lead change and ensure the sustainability of Colorado’s agricultural economies and rural communities.
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CALP and its supporters recruit enthusiastic Coloradoans committed to agriculture and rural Colorado. They should be recognized as emerging leaders who are directly involved in agriculture, agribusiness, rural industries, rural communities or natural resource management.
Individuals may be in the early or middle phase of their leadership career, and re looking for that next level of training or experience. CALP provides practical, applied experiences similar to graduate school. The CALP program will be a unique lifetime experience for each participant.
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program will utilize the best of its own alumni combined with outstanding speakers from throughout the state, business world and public arena to create and present a premier leadership development program centered on travel/study experiences, group discussions and individual project application of skills learned.
Delivered over a 20 month period, CALP strengthens effective agricultural leaders who reflect Colorado’s diverse population by developing leader in areas such as communication and technology, social issues and cultural diversity, coalition building, resource management and government policy to name a few.
With guidance from the CALP advisory committee, key partners and sponsors, the program will be a unique lifetime experience for each participant.
Two-Year Seminar Schedule
Program participants commit to nine travel/study seminars and the completion of an individual project over a two-year period. Seminars will be scheduled at least one month apart. The first year focuses primarily on the stat of Colorado and the initiation of an individual project, which typically focus on building capacity or abilities in a participant’s home community or organization. The second year consists of out-of-state travel and the completion of the individual, self-paced project, to be presented at graduation. Each seminar has its own theme and includes tours in the area of the seminar, networking with local leaders and decision-makers.
Participant Tuition and Cost
Once selected, a participant agrees to provide $3,500 of the tuition cost to CALP. It is suggested that $1,500 be paid directly by the participant or by his/her business or employer. The remaining $2,000 will raised via fundraising by the participant from local organizations and businesses in his/her home community.
Giving to the Program
The success of CALP and its participants is dependent on key partnerships formed with Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, by a variety of agencies, organizations and businesses. All recognize and are committed to developing leaders for the future of Colorado’s agriculture and its rural citizens. They know the issues of the future will be challenging, complex and will require innovative and visionary leadership. They believe that investing in human capital is vital for answering the sustainability of Colorado’s agriculture and rural communities.
Are you or your business interested in furthering Colorado agriculture? Investment in this agricultural initiative will show your commitment to the economic longevity that is so essential to the future of Colorado’s communities and agriculture.
We publicize and recognize sponsors in various ways for each of our giving levels:
Founder $7,001 – $10,000
Patron $4,001 – $7,000
Gifts to support the CALP program and its students will be handled by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program.
These funds are expended for the travel/study and seminar costs of the class members. These Partners believe that human capital is our most important resource in Colorado agriculture and our rural communities. Their investments in this effort are essential, generous and greatly appreciated.
Your support would be acknowledged b y Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program and the Board of Directors. We will also work with you to discover other ways to publically recognize your support of the CALP and Colorado agriculture.
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