The current industry retirement wave continues, and we are all too aware that the logging, trucking, and mill workforce is aging. When we developed our new vision and mission in 2019, we pledged to create opportunities for company and employee success. One way we committed to doing this was by establishing a robust and effective emerging leader program.

We are currently developing an emerging leader group as a place for young leaders to come together, understand and become more engaged with FRA, and help refine their potential to become future leaders of the forest products industry. We recently surveyed the group on how FRA can best provide educational and training opportunities and be a valuable place to share ideas, network, and become more engaged, and we are using this feedback to guide this process.

We plan to offer online leadership training through webinars and coaching. We also commit to always including an emerging leader component in all national and regional meetings with reduced registration fees when possible. There will be opportunities at these meetings for emerging leaders to network, and gain exposure to industry leaders.

Please be on the lookout for more information, and please encourage emerging leaders in your organization to get involved. We look forward to further developing and strengthening this program. Not only will FRA benefit from our emerging leaders developing their skills and becoming more engaged, but the industry will benefit as well.

Pilot Coaching Program

Plans are underway to offer a new coaching service, which we are piloting for emerging leaders. FRA President Deb Hawkinson recently received her Certified Professional Coach certification from the College of Executive Coaching. What drove her decision to become certified was her own experience of being coached and her desire to help others succeed.

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