Speakers and Presentations 2022-23

Residential Session #1: Raleigh NC

Ten Years to Midnight“, Blair Sheppard
“Reading the Tea Leaves”, Claudia Fernandez
“MBTI”, Claudia Fernandez
CPI 260”, Mitch Owen
360 Feedback“, Claudia Fernandez
The Art and Science of Negotiation: Maximizing Outcomes”,  David Henard
Organizational Systems Thinking”,  Rick Rocchetti
Center for Environmental Farming Systems” CEFS Overview” Michelle S. Schroeder-Moreno
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center BTEC
Plant Science Initiative Building
“Peer Coaching”, Claudia Fernandez
“Mentoring Session”, Sam Pardue
Vigilant Leadership: Futuring: Anticipation & Action”, Bob Treadway

Chancellor Woodson’s bio
Carol Reilly’s bio
Gary Pierzynski’s bio
Andy Thulin’s bio

MBTI: Z Problem SolvingBridging S-N SkillsCommunication CompassMBTI Selling TipsMBTI Type an StressCulture of Communication
Peer Coaching:  Barkai ChorusPeer Coaching exercise
Mentoring: Mentoring Guidance; First Meeting Agenda; Meeting Agenda; Mentoring Evaluation
Futuring: Handout


Residential Session #2: Columbus, OH


Speaker Bios

Session Evaluation

Day 1: Sunday, February 12, 2023

OSU Welcome, Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Director, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, OSU

Leadership Insights, Don Pope-Davis, Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology, OSU

Day 2: Monday, February 13, 202

Leadership Success and Derailment, Claudia Fernandez, FSLI Leadership Core Director

From Excellent to Eminence: Public-Private Partnerships, Michael Papadakis, Senior Vice President and CFO, OSU    

Academic Leadership from the Perspective of a Provost, Melissa Gilliam, Executive Vice President and Provost, OSU

  • Presentation                               

Conducting Difficult Conversations, Mitch Owen, Mitchen, Inc.

Deans Dinner


Day 3: Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Fundraising and Friend-raising for Senior Leadership

Sara Rubin, Vice President for Development, OSU

Cathann A. Kress, Vice President Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU

Keith DiDonato, Chief Advancement Officer, OSU

Refreshing Our Role, Cathann A. Kress, Vice President Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU

Strategic Research Development, Deborah W. Hernandez, Associate Vice President, Strategic Research and Development and Director, Research Development Office, OSU

Managing Change and Leading with Empathy Case Study, Jessica Phillips, Director of Learner Innovation and Success, OSU

  • Presentation                             

The FIRO-B, Claudia Fernandez, FSLI Leadership Core Director

Day 4: Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Critical & High Stress Communications, Vincent Covello, Center for Risk Communication

Abbott Nutrition Global Case Study

Sriram Tharmapuram, Director of Consumer Science, Global Product Research & Development, Abbott Nutrition, R&D

Jamie Perry, Director, Package Innovation + Sustainability Nutrition  Division, Abbott Nutrition

Christine Steele, Director of Clinical Development, Scientific & Medical Affairs, R&D, Abbott Nutrition

Kathleen (Katie) Thrush, Section Manager, Clinical Development & Compliance, Abbott Nutrition                              

Day 5: Thursday, February 16, 2023

Emotional Intelligence and Facing Tough Challenges, Claudia Fernandez, FSLI Leadership Core Director

Program Evaluation, Sam Pardue, FSLI Director    


Residential Session #3: San Luis Obispo, CA


Speaker Bios

Session Evaluation

Day 1: Monday, June 19, 2023

Welcome, Andy Thulin, Dean, Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

California’s Global Food and Agriculture Economy, Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture                                         

Water Policy, Issues and Future in California, Dorene D’Adamo, Vice Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board

Leadership in a Changing Global Food & Beverage Economy, Bill Newlands, President and CEO, Constellation Brands

California’s Complex Agriculture Policy Landscape, Dennis Albiani, Vice President, California Advocates

Driscoll’s: The Global Berry Company, Soren Bjorn, President of the Americas, Driscoll’s

Lessons Learned in Leadership, Ian Maw, 2021 APLU Food Systems Leadership Award Recipient

Welcome, Reception and Dinner with Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong        

Day 2: Tuesday, June 20, 2023

California Agriculture and Cal Poly, Andy Thulin, Dean, Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Recruiting Today’s Student, Terrance Harris, Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management, Cal Poly     

Grimmway Farms: The Past and The Future, Jeff Huckaby, President and CEO, Grimmway Farms

Leadership in Higher Education Policy Landscape, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Provost and Executive Vice President, Cal Poly                                   

Automating the California Strawberry Industry, John Lin, Production Automation Engineer, California Strawberry Commission

Day 3: Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Farms and Production Sites Visited:

  • King City Nursery – King City, CA
  • Rio Farms – King City, CA
  • Taylor Farms Salad Facility – Salinas, CA
  • Tanimura & Antle – Salinas, CA
  • Robert Hill Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles, CA

Day 4: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Innovation and Systems Thinking: Leading Change, Claudia Fernandez, FSLI Leadership Core Director

Wrap up and Looking Forward, Sam Pardue, FSLI Director