Seminar Schedule 1st Year

Please note, this schedule is approximate. Locations and dates may vary year-to-year. Schedules are typically set the spring prior to the first year.

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Leadership

  • October

Held in Pullman.

Seminar Summary

  • Connect with alumni, staff, and others in your leadership cohort
  • Challenge and clarify your assumptions about leadership
  • Apply language of The Leadership Challenge to reflect on your leadership skills and behaviors
  • Set your intention and goals for your time with AgForestry
October
December

Public Speaking and Media

  • December

Held in Spokane.

Seminar Summary

  • Discover how media work and how to use channels effectively
  • Improve your public speaking skills
  • Practice giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Examine influence of media in society and public policy

Group Dynamics

  • November

Held in Wenatchee.

Seminar Summary

  • Develop your emotional intelligence
  • Gain insight into your behavioral tendencies: understand how to adapt your behavior to work effectively with others
  • Understand personality types and factors influencing group dynamics
November
January

Public Policy

  • January

Held in Seattle.

Seminar Summary

  • Learn skills to effectively engage in the public policy process
  • Challenge and clarify your assumptions about public policy

State Government

  • February

Held in Olympia.

Seminar Summary

  • Dialogue with legislators, agency directors, and policy leaders
  • Become familiar with structure and operation of state government: legislative, judicial, and executive branches
  • Gain insight into how bills become laws
  • Explore leadership skills necessary to effectively develop public policy
February
March (1 week)

National Government

  • March (1 week)

Held in Washington DC

Seminar Summary

  • Experience artistic and cultural treasures in nation's capital
  • Awareness of functions and interactions of federal government
  • Understand lobbying and informational organizations influence public policy
  • Interact with members and staff of the Washington State Congressional delegation
  • Consider agencies and non-governmental organizations that affect Washington State's natural resource industries and communities
  • Expand knowledge of our government including history, traditions and operations

Forestry Issues

  • May

Rotating Location

Seminar Summary

  • Discuss how private and public forests are managed with representatives from key interest groups
  • Learn economic, environmental, social, and cultural significance of forest land management
  • Gain insight into scope and complexity of forest industry
May

Seminar Schedule 2nd Year

Agriculture Issues

  • September

Rotating locations.

Seminar Summary

  • Understand diverse, irrigated agriculture along with associated opportunities and challenges
  • Gain perspective on importance of agriculture and the complex and ever-changing dynamics that shape its future
  • Connect with producers and processors to learn approaches to operations, marketing, and production
  • Become familiar with issues affecting agriculture including water, labor, crop protection, and production practices
September
October

Columbia River System

  • October

Held in Vancouver.

Seminar Summary

  • Better understand Columbia River system policy issues and how they’re solved
  • Learn the framework managing the Columbia River system
  • Understand interrelationships of competing uses for the Columbia River system

Transportation

  • November

Held in Tacoma.

Seminar Summary

  • International Seminar preparation with research, presentations and discussion of business, economic, social, cultural, political, and governmental aspects of the country/countries you will tour
  • Increase understanding of transportation issues
  • Gain an understanding of complexities involved in transporting products and resources to customers: how geography affects distribution of goods.
November
December

Social Issues

  • December

Held in Walla Walla.

Seminar Summary

  • Explore connections between social issues, public policy and criminal justice
  • Review crime and corrections issues and how they relate to society
  • Understand current issues and trends: both social and crime
  • Gain perspective of life within a prison

Trade, Culture & Government

  • January/February (2 weeks)

Location varies.

Seminar Summary

  • Learn about natural resources and production systems
  • Increase awareness and understanding of future trends and emerging issues in other countries
  • How nations interact and have diplomatic relations with the U.S.
  • Acquire perspective of economic, social and political systems different from the U.S.
  • Explore history and culture
January/February (2 weeks)
April

Applied Leadership

  • April

Rotating Location

Seminar Summary

  • Celebrate accomplishments with family, friends, alumni, and donors
  • Present Public Policy Projects
  • Gain feedback from evaluation panel and class members
  • Reflect on the Public Policy Project process
  • Insight from other leaders and discuss traits for effective leadership
  • Reflect on program experience: set intentions for your path as leader