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 now offer 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.

Through our Emerging Leaders program, we 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 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.

FRA Emerging Leaders Program

Our 2024 Emerging Leader Session is well underway! 
FRA’s past President Deb Hawkinson spearheads a dynamic and engaging program that offers young leaders in the industry access to group sessions that include key note Leadership Speakers and personalized coaching sessions. The program is offered in 3 sessions per year and conducted via Zoom allowing individuals from across the country a chance to participate.

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