The mission of the Alumni Association is to facilitate continued leadership and professional development opportunities and build a network of alumni to address challenges facing agricultural, environmental, and human sciences.
All alumni from the LEAD21 program are considered members of the Alumni Association.
Click here to read the alumni association’s by-laws.
Inaugural LEAD21 Alumni Association Annual Meeting
The inaugural LEAD21 Alumni Association and Professional Development Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on Feb.21, 2019. We had 50 alumni registered for the event with representatives from all except one class! Members of Class 14 also joined us for the afternoon’s activities.
During the business meeting, leaders of two Grand Challenge Action Teams discussed their projects.
After the business meeting, two LEAD21 Alumni Association members, Alexa Lamm (University of Georgia) and Sarah White (Clemson University) led a professional development session regarding how to work in multi-disciplinary teams and how to write impact statements.
Following this session, attendees discussed ways to contribute to several LEAD21 Alumni Association committees as we begin to form the association and its activities. We greatly appreciate everyone’s input!
Melissa Mason, Alcorn State University, was elected Secretary to fill the position formally held by Jeff Sherman, Oregon State University.
The day ended with the current class’s graduation ceremony featuring Keni Thomas as the keynote speaker.
We hope to see you at next year’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. on Feb. 20, 2020.
Alumni Association Board Members
Chair: Brad Greenfield, University of Tennessee
Vice-Chair: Karl Maxwell, USDA-NIFA
Secretary: Melissa Mason, Alcorn State University
Education Committee Chair: Roy Yanong, University of Florida
Development Committee Chair: Dawn Burton, Prairie View A&M University
Grand Challenge Committee Chair: Brian McCornack, Kansas State University
Member Relations Committee Chair: Brian Kowalkowski, College of Menominee Nation
Advisory Committee Chair: Courtney Meyers, Texas Tech University
Grand Challenge Committee
Learn more about Grand Challenges and how you can get involved.
More than a Press Release: Elevating Your Message in Today’s Crowded Communications and Instant Media Environment
May 15, 1pm – 2pm (Eastern Time)
Get your questions ready and join Lyndall Stout (Class 12), Director of Agricultural Communications Services at Oklahoma State University, to start a conversation about current communications and marketing challenges for LEAD21 alumni. We also will talk about solutions, including a campaign approach to storytelling and integrated marketing, and cover media relations best practices.
Marketing and Social Media Trends
August 28, 1pm – 2pm (Eastern Time)
Join Christy Landwehr, CEO Certified Horsemanship Association, as we dive into marketing and business plans and the use of websites, blogs and social media to get good SEO for your business and good ROI on where you put your marketing dollars.