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Leadership Office

Cultivating leaders for success in agriculture and life sciences.

Cultivating Leaders

Agriculture built North Carolina, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences cultivated the leaders who have made it possible. We continue to develop future leaders who “think and do” through influence, innovation and implementation of new technologies, creative ideas and sound policies.

Through our leadership development initiatives, we support our current leaders and prepare the next generation of those who serve our state, nation and world.

Pre-college Programs

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Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders

It's never too early to start training the next generation of leaders. That's why we provide a number of different opportunities for youth leadership development, from statewide organizations with tens of thousands of members to summer institutes and smaller, community-based programs.

These programs are designed to help children of all ages develop the skills they need to succeed. We believe young people are the future. And the future is now.

College-level Programs

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Developing Leadership Within our Students

College is about more than studying hard to make good grades. We believe that learning how to become an effective leader is equally important. So we offer our students a number of programs that equip them with the tools they'll need to be successful leaders here on campus and out in the real world.

And we're always working to develop new programs to meet different needs. To open new doors for CALS students. To train even more leaders for the state, the nation and the world.

Agri-Life Council

Representatives from CALS student organizations come together as the Agri-Life Council to promote leadership through fellowship, scholarship and service. The Agri-Life Council aims to serve as the voice of all CALS students.

Agricultural Leadership Learning Institute (ALLI) for Graduate Students

ALLI [pronounced “ally”] for Graduate Students plants the seeds that lead to the development of skills needed within future leaders. Over the course of one academic year, graduate students attend
leadership development seminars, engage in a team project, and hear insights from industry leaders.

These experiences result in the acquisition of leadership competencies that help the students be more competitive and marketable for careers in agriculture and life sciences.

Helms Leadership Program

The Helms Leadership Program creates opportunities for students to participate in legislative internships in Washington, D.C. Program participants gain invaluable experience with both state- and national-level members of Congress.

CALS Ambassadors

CALS Ambassadors are dedicated student leaders who volunteer their time and energy to serve students, faculty, alumni and friends of the college. They represent CALS in recruiting prospective students, educating peers and networking with professionals.

AMP: Amplify My Potential

AMP provides development opportunities for first-year Agricultural Institute students to help them recognize their potential and create a positive change within themselves, the school community and the world.

CALS Student Leaders Workshop

In the fall at the beginning of each academic year, student leaders take part in a half-day workshop
that provides them with tools and skills to help them effectively lead their respective student
organizations. Students identify their leadership styles, define what leadership means to them, learn
methods for goal setting, and reflect on ways to add philanthropy as a part of their organization’s
outreach and service efforts.

Agricultural Leadership Learning Institute (ALLI) for Faculty

Succession planning is critical to the success of any organization. The Agricultural Leadership Learning Institute (ALLI – pronounced “ally”) for Faculty program provides focused, in-depth developmental opportunities to seasoned faculty to both empower and strengthen the leadership abilities of the college’s faculty so that they can effectively lead both within and outside of CALS.

This certificate program encompasses eight 90-minute sessions that cover topics related to effective leadership such as self-awareness, time management, team building, communication, conflict management and change management. Brief work in between sessions is assigned so that the application of tools and knowledge gained from the interactive workshops is realized.

Have Questions?

If you’d like to learn more about CALS Leadership Initiatives, contact Dr. Rhonda Sutton.

Director of College Leadership Programs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
210E Patterson Hall, Box 7602
North Carolina State University
Phone: 919.513.7029


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