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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
December 8, 2021
Meet the IALP Class of 2023
 Megan Baskerville, Decatur, is Ag Program Director with The Nature Conservancy’s Illinois business unit. Megan has worked in agriculture & conservation planning for the past nine years, previously with the Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District and as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Pennsylvania. Megan also serves her community as a trustee for the Sanitary District of Decatur, and as a board member for the Macon County Community Environmental Council & Prairie Flower Montessori School in Decatur. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Geography.
We Thank Our IALF Supporters 
The IALF wishes you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! Thank you for your support ! 
Personal Leadership and Self-Reflection Seminar
Kinderhook Lodge, November 28-30
The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program Class of 2023 participants recently explored personal leadership skills and agricultural issues during a seminar held at Sprague’s Kinderhook Lodge in Barry, Illinois.  The “Personal Leadership and Self Reflection Seminar” included presentations by several speakers over three days.  The foundation’s host for the seminar was lodge owner, Andy Sprague, a 2012 graduate of the IALP.
 The “Personal Leadership and Self Reflection Seminar” began with an evening presentation focusing on Swine Production in the United States-Illinois and the Sims swine operation. The presentation and dinner were hosted by Randy Sims (IALP 1984 graduate) and his son, Darren Sims (IALP 16 graduate). After dinner, the class heard a presentation Robert Rhea, CEO of FBFM and a 1990 graduate of the IALP to discuss livestock and farm income trends in Illinois. Dr. Robert Easter, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois and IALF Education Chair, also contributed to the evening discussions. 
Darren and Randy Sims discuss their swine operation with the class. Bob Rhea shares his perspective on livestock and farm income trends.
The following morning started with a presentation by Larry Fischer, retired Vice President of Instruction at John Wood Community College, and a 1986 graduate of the IALP.  He discussed techniques for writing, editing and presenting a professional introduction in a business setting.  The second day continued with Alison Jefferson, Facilitator for the McDonough County CEO Program and former IALP Program Director as she reviewed individual results from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and implications for interpersonal interactions.  She led the class members in understanding their own personality types and those of others they will work with and lead. Fellows also examined personal leadership perspectives based on their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment.
Larry Fischer shares techniques for writing, editing, and presenting a professional introduction.  Alison Jefferson discusses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. 
Chet Boruff, CEO of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) and a 1984 graduate of the IALP, provided information on “How to Serve on a Board of Directors” The second day of the seminar concluded with dinner and a “Fireside Chat with IALF Alumni,” which centered on how participants will build leadership relationships during their time in the program. The panel included Becky Ropp Class of 2008 and IALF Board member, Blake Roderick, Class of 1992 and Chet Boruff, Class of 1984.
Left Blake Roderick IALP '92, center Becky Ropp IALP '08, right Chet Boruff '84 speak to the Class of 2023 during the Fireside Chat. 
On the final day, the Class of 2023 explored more leadership skills and issues. Mike Elbe, President of John Wood Community College, presented “A Leader’s Approach to Networking and Effective Time Management.” Then, the Class of 2023 heard from Dr. Rick Ringer, Director of the Organizational Leadership Institute at Illinois State University as he presented on the topic of “Emotional Intelligence and Diversity.”
Mike Elbe discusses networking and time management. Dr. Rick Ringer gives a presentation on "Emotional Intelligence and Diversity."
Upcoming Alumni Events
As part of the upcoming Communication Excellence Seminar, we will be hosting a social and dinner with the IALP Class of 2023 and the IALP alumni. 

IALP Alumni Event - Wednesday, December 15, 2021
River House Grill
1510 River Drive
Moline, Illinois

Cash Bar followed by Buffet Style Dinner
6:00pm to 8:30pm

This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with our current class members and fellow alumni!
If you wish to attend, please email Todd Lowery, by December 13th.

We hope you can join us!
Class of 2023 Upcoming Seminars
  • Communication Excellence Seminar

               December 15-17, 2021

  • The Maschhoffs, LLC State Government Seminar 
                 January 12-14, 2022
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