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OABA Accepting Applications for Eighth LAUNCH Class

Program Develops Future Generation of Agribusiness Leaders

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The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program early next year.

To be considered, participants must be employed by an OABA member company, be sponsored by their employer, and submit an application and letter of recommendation.

The application form is available at The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

With the expectation that half of the agribusiness workforce could retire in the next 10-15 years, Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights (LAUNCH) was designed to inspire confidence in emerging leaders to help them achieve career growth and their organization’s strategic goals.

The LAUNCH program will consist of two sessions: January 15-17, 2020 and February 18-20, 2020. The program will engage participants in a variety of learning opportunities, including personal insight; executive leadership skills and decision making; communication and presentation skills; global issues in agriculture; change management and employee engagement principles; regional trends in agribusiness; critical thinking; goal setting and organizational skills; state and local government; and a capstone project.

For more information and to see what past participants have said about LAUNCH, go to, or contact Janice Welsheimer at 614-326-7520 or

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