California Farmland Trust Executive Director, Charlotte Mitchell, selected in California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Class 51

California Farmland Trust’s executive director, Charlotte Mitchell, has been selected as one of the 24 individuals in California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Class 51.

According to the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation website, fellows, or applicants who are selected, will be immersed in numerous topics over the course of 17 months, including leadership theory, strategic agility, effective communication, motivation, critical thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and other skills relating to personal performance and complex social and cultural issues.

“Ongoing interaction with core faculty and peers shapes the individual experience and intentionally introduces fellows to some unfamiliar, and at times uncomfortable situations,” stated on the website. “As a result, fellows develop a close camaraderie, learn to approach issues with and open and critical mind, and enhance their ability to listen and learn from others and their environments.”

Mitchell will be joined by individuals with various educational backgrounds, experiences, and skills within the agriculture industry, including CFT strategic marketing and philanthropy committee member, Carrie Isaacson. CFT board members, Maxwell Norton, Barbara Smith, Clay Daulton, and Ken Oneto, and trustee council members, Emily Rooney and Paul Wegner, have also been past fellows within the program.

“I am honored and privileged to be selected as a fellow with the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Class 51,” Mitchell said. “The top-quality training and cultivation throughout this program will be a remarkable learning experience for me and I am looking forward to using this opportunity to further my personal development and help improve my role at California Farmland Trust, and as an industry professional.

Mitchell will dedicate 55 seminar days over a year and a half, where she will get intense training through the program’s 50-year alliance with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno, and the University of California, Davis.


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