Management Fundamentals Certificate Program

The first step for young leaders to advance their career in the produce and floral industries.

Leadership Training Tailored for Young Produce & Floral Pros

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This program consists of self-paced online courses, interactive virtual open mics and one on one mentoring; delivering participants a foundational understanding of leadership, management, and financial skills. 

Throughout the Management Fundamentals program, participants experience an MBA-level combination of the most relevant concepts for young professionals – all tailored to the needs of the global fresh produce and floral supply chains. This program is presented in collaboration with the University of Arizona. 

Coupled with networking opportunities and a capstone session, the program emphasizes the importance of culture and mindset for growth as an individual and team performance. Participants will learn from highly ranked academics, experienced subject matter experts and their assigned mentor through a mix of on-demand and real time interactions.  

If you’re a young professional, this is for you. If you are growing young professionals in your company, this program will help you build new leaders and show your staff you believe they are worth the investment.  

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Q: What is the right age for someone interested in Management Fundamentals?
A: This program isn’t about age, its about experience. If you are starting off your career and looking to begin your leadership journey, this program is for you. 

Q: Is this in-person or online?
A: 100% online. Courses can be taken at your own pace, and our 3 open mic sessions allow you to connect and network with the other participants.  

Q: What resources do participants have throughout the program?
A: Participants will be able to connect with IFPA staff, University of Arizona Eller Executive Education staff, other participants in the program and a mentor to help provide guidance.  

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Learning Outcomes

  • Build an understanding of the produce and floral value chain and the trends that will have a long-term impact on the industry
  • Develop a personal brand that is reflected in personal and virtual communication
  • Learn the basic tools and techniques of financial management to understand the implications of decision making and driving value in the produce and floral industry
  • Understand the basics of effective teamwork in both a virtual and in-person environment
  • Develop skills and apply tools to recognize and navigate your way through office politics
  • Learn and apply tools, techniques and methods to work smarter, not harder
  • Gain increased self-awareness of yourself and the impact of your behaviors on others
  • Build critical skills to lean into, versus avoid difficult conversations
  • Learn how to develop a more effective working relationship with your boss


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Nikki Wootten

Education & Program Manager, Talent

+1 (302) 607-2144

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