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ARA Rising Stars


Invest in Emerging Leaders

Recognize, reward and develop your organization's top performers and future leaders by nominating them for the next ARA Rising Stars program. Nominations for the 2021 program will open in the summer.

Meet the 2020 ARA Rising Stars

The 2020 ARA Class of Rising Stars was announced during the annual ARA Conference & Expo on Dec. 2. Meet the latest class of Rising Stars in the video below to hear what leadership in ag means to these emerging leaders. Thank you to the new program sponsor Atticus!

Watch full videos and read essays about what leadership in agriculture means to each Rising Star or see a full list of names and companies by clicking below.



About Rising Stars

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The purpose of the ARA Rising Stars program is to provide a vehicle for member organizations to reward young or emerging leaders in the ag industry by sponsoring their registration to the virtual ARA Conference & Expo. Attending the ARA Conference & Expo provides Rising Stars with an exclusive invite to the Rising Stars Reception as well as the opportunity to learn from a solid lineup of speakers, educational sessions, networking events and a first-class Expo. The program also serves as a way to introduce ag professionals to ARA activities and setting them up for future involvement.

New This Year: ARA NAVIGATOR 360°

ARA NAVIGATOR 360° is a new tool that assesses a leader's effectiveness in two ways: the level of skill the leader has, and the ability to use those skills appropriately when needed. Through diagnostic feedback, this assessment shows gaps between the leadership the organization has and the leadership the organization needs. Each Rising Star was able to complete an assessment and use the results to point them in the direction of professional development programs for them.

Why participate?

  • Attend the virtual ARA Conference & Expo presentations and networking events at a discounted rate;
  • Expand your network among industry thought-leaders;
  • Discover a personalized, continuous pathway to honing your leadership skills; and
  • Be recognized in front of attendees, in the conference program and in ARA post-conference news releases and communications.

Who are Rising Stars?

Outstanding nominees include ag professionals who consistently perform at a high-level deserving of special recognition and who have not previously attended the ARA Conference & Expo. Past classes of Rising Stars have varied in both age and experience, but show sure signs of emerging as an industry leader.

2019 Rising Stars List

2019 Rising Stars

ARA Rising Stars Class of 2019 on the ARA Conference & Expo general session stage in New Orleans.

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Andrea Mowers, ARA manager of communications and member engagement