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Accelerate Your Management Potential 2017-2018

Oct. 3-5, 2017 & Feb. 13-15, 2018


Program Overview

Accelerate Your Management Potential (AMP) is designed for rising professionals in agribusiness, farm, processing or food companies. Emerging leaders will benefit from understanding foundational models and business theories as well as current issues that affect their organization. The program is preparatory for an MBA and more intense than other program offerings within the center.

Key to this program are the mentors and their commitment to invest in the development of their highest performing future managers and leaders. Mentors will themselves benefit from a guided approach to interaction with mentees, who will be exposed to or refreshed on foundational models in each functional area of their organization in workshops designed to maximize the time together in the mentor/mentee relationship.

Faculty experts use a combination of foundation models, case application, personal application, individual consulting and individual participant evaluation during this two session program.

Key Benefits

During this program, participants will:

  • Interact with cohorts from a variety of businesses.
  • Broaden your understanding of how their organization fits into the food system and agribusiness value chain.
  • Be partnered with a facilitated mentor inside your organization.
  • Interact with a breadth of presenters and conduct in-depth analysis into a variety of issues.
  • Develop a portfolio of your own company analysis and recommendations.
  • Receive individual evaluations and feedback from expert faculty.

Program Content

Leadership Development and Decision Making

Leadership Development and Decision Making coursework is intended to expand the participant's individual capacity to be effective in leadership roles and processes.

Intrapersonal capabilities—Developing adaptability; increasing self-awareness; managing yourself; increasing learning capacity; exhibiting leadership stature; displaying drive and purpose; demonstrating ethics and integrity.

Interpersonal capabilities—Managing effective teams and work groups; building and maintaining relationships; developing others; communicating effectively.

Ability to succeed as a leader—Managing change; problem solving and decision making; managing politics and influencing others; innovation and risk-taking; setting vision and strategy; managing the work; enhancing business skills and knowledge; understanding and navigating the organization.

The Leadership Development and Decision Making coursework will be covered in carefully selected areas in the AMP program. Some topics will be addressed through core courses like Business Strategy or Organizations and Human Resource Management, others will intertwine with the Portfolio Project, and others presented through specifically dedicated sessions.


Participants will use case analysis along with individual analysis of issues within their own organization to deepen their understanding of planning, analysis and strategy. Participants will return to their organizations with an applied analysis of functional areas of their organizations, summarized into a portfolio of metrics with specific recommendations.


Faculty will lead participants through understanding financial statements, including how to extract meaningful data for decision making purposes. During the financial management sessions, they will provide an understanding of profit and loss statements, balance sheets, the fundamentals of cash flow and budgeting, volume cost analysis, expense control, and fixed and variable costs.

Talent Management

Participants will interact with selected leaders within their organization to assemble a portfolio of their organization's performance. They will use this information to think critically and make recommendations in each area during a simulation to integrate the functional areas of an organization.


Utilizing a computer based simulation, participants will work through the challenges of supply chain management. This activity will reveal best practices in information and logistics management as they impact overall business performance and market position, such as: information logistics in the supply chain, third party logistics, managing global logistics and the changing nature of buyer-supplier relationships.


Participants will gain an understanding of marketing concepts and fundamental elements of sales and marketing strategy. Participants will learn how to manage customer relationships, identify and analyze marketing opportunities, segment and target markets, evaluate product and pricing strategies, explore product branding, digital marketing concepts and service differentiation.

Special Issue Industry Seminars

Industry seminars are special topics entirely driven by current industry and economic issues impacting agriculture. These one-time seminars are interspersed throughout the curriculum to allow in-depth discussion on topics of special relevance to the industry.

Through these courses, the participants will develop a broader view of the agribusiness and food system and deepens his or her thinking about their firm's position in the marketplace. Seminar courses are flexible by design, and determined over time, drawing on industry issues and challenges as they present themselves.

Who should attend?

AMP is for rising professionals looking for an advanced management program, but not ready for a full MBA program. Professionals from all functional areas of business are encouraged to participate.

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Program Dates

October 3-5, 2017 &
February 13-15, 2018


Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Registration Fee


Is this workshop for you?

For more information and group rates, contact:
Emily Hoeing, Key Account Program Manager

Educational Credit

You can earn CEU and CCA credit at this program.

Registration fees include all program materials, refreshments and some meals. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the program is full, names will be added to a waiting list in the order in which they are received. Registration fees are due upon receipt of registration. Read the cancellation policy.