December 15, 2011
– Florida A&M University (FAMU) professor and director for the Center for Biological Control Moses Kairo was accepted into the National Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. The FSLI experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs, and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations.
“Food is central to our very existence, and the development and implementation of sustainable food systems remains a top priority, amidst growing system complexity and many existing or emerging challenges,” said Kairo. “The Food System Leadership Institute has provided me with a unique opportunity to not only expand my knowledge and perspectives, but also to grow and enhance my personal leadership skills which I have no doubt will allow me, to be more effective in doing my job in support of delivering on FAMU’s multifunctional role as a land grant institution.”
During the FSLI program, scholars work with expert instructors, leadership development coaches and an upper level mentor to help increase their leadership abilities. They meet with leaders of universities, political leaders, industry leaders and others who have advanced to the highest levels of leadership. Leadership theory is combined with practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education.
The FSLI is a two-year program. Year one includes intensive executive education-style residential learning sessions at three university locations. Scholars perform assessments to increase their self-awareness of their leadership style, and the results are used to develop and implement a personal development plan, prepared with the assistance of a professional coach. Interactive distance learning is used between residential sessions. During year two, participants work, applying what they have learned, to develop and carry out an individual leadership project. About Food Systems Leadership Institute
Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) is dedicated to advancing and strengthening food systems by preparing a set of new leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to invent and reinvent the food systems of the future. It is a program of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), with the initial funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. North Carolina State University is the host site with The Ohio State University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo being residential sites responsible for implementation of the program.
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