MSGA Investing in the Future: Leadership Series


Katelyn Dynneson, a young rancher from Sidney, MT, is one of the participates in the Montana Stockgrowers Association's Leadership Series that is designed to provide training and skills to future leaders of MSGA and Montana’s ranching communities. 

Dynneson talks about her experiences with the program so far and why she felt it was important to get involved.  Also John Grande, chairman of the MSGA's Research Education and Endowment Foundation. REEF, talks about the support needed from MSGA members to secure funding for future classes of the Leadership Series.

The Stockgrowers Leadership Series is designed to provide training and skills to future leaders of MSGA and Montana’s ranching communities. The 12-month class kicked off in January.  

“The future of our industry depends on robust leaders who not only have strengths and skills working with cattle, but also have valuable knowledge in the business of ranching,” says Errol Rice, MSGA Executive Vice President. “The Stockgrowers Leadership Series is designed so these young leaders can build upon their strengths and contribute to our organization and Montana’s ranching communities.”

The Leadership Series consists of 15 participants who are taking part in a number of workshops and sessions that is exposing them to different aspects of the ranching business today. Topics include policy work, banking and finance, management, business relationships, awareness of industry topics, media training, and beef consumer concerns.  Sessions are also planned for participants to travel on a summer ranch tour, network with industry leaders, gain valuable skills for their careers and be given further opportunities to be engaged in leadership positions upon completion of the course.

Program participants are also working with a designated leadership coach to build upon their strengths and skills. Sarah Bohnenkamp, Millennial leadership coach and former Executive Director for the Denver based, American National CattleWomen, is coaching the class in a series of workshops, webinars and at-home tasks throughout the year. Bohnenkamp has more than 14 years’ experience with leadership development and is familiar with topics faced by the ranching industry, having trained youth for the National Beef Ambassador program for many years.

Source:  Montana Stockgrowers Association/Northern Ag Network

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