The Fellows Program kicks-off with a one-week orientation session in August at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and a second session at NCSU the following April. These Year 1 sessions and the monthly webinars focus on self-exploration, self-management, creating networks of support (peer, mentor, professional), and improving communication and teamwork skills. The residential sessions include site visits at agriculture industry locations in Research Triangle Park and meetings with industry scientists and commodity group leaders.
In Year 2 of the program Fellows have the opportunity to meet in conjunction with the World Food Prize gathering in Des Moines, Iowa (or another university-based location). The Fellows’ spring Year 2 meeting is held in Washington, D.C., and focuses on policy-making and communications and careers in the public sector.
The Fellows final meeting occurs in the spring of Year 3 at NCSU with a 3-day training on facilitation and participatory change management. Third year fellows also network and mentor members of the newest cohort.