United Dairy Industry of Michigan Board Mentor Program
Developing leaders for Michigan’s dairy industry
This year-long mentorship program was created with the goals of identifying and developing future industry leaders. Program participants will partner with United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) board members to increase their knowledge and understanding of UDIM programs, grow their network within the industry, and spread the word about dairy promotion programs.
Current UDIM board members will be actively involved with the program through recruiting participants and sharing organization and program information. Participants will be tasked with sharing this information with their peers and fellow dairy producers who have questions about checkoff. Communications workshops will help participants fine-tune their skills by the end of the program.
Applications will be accepted January 22, 2019, through March 1, 2019. Participants are selected by a UDIM board committee by March 15, 2019, and will be notified to attend the UDIM board meeting on April 11, 2019. The program runs two calendar years.
- Must be a Michigan dairy farmer or employed full-time on a Michigan dairy farm.
- Attend two of the three UDIM board meetings between April and October of 2019 and two of the four UDIM board meetings in 2020. Dates will be provided when participants agree to the mentor program.
- Attend development sessions before or after each board meeting. Sessions will provide dairy promotion program updates, UDIM history, or leadership and communications development.
- Participate in one of the following dairy promotion events to see how the programs connect to consumers:
- School or Fuel Up to Play 60 event
- Or, other UDIM event (suggestions and opportunities will be provided)
Please note: during the selection process, potential participants may receive a phone call from committee members to learn more about them and their role in the industry.
For more information, contact Jolene Griffin, Director of Industry Relations at 224.567.1894 or email Jolene@milkmeansmore.org.