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ARA Rising Stars


Invest in Emerging Leaders

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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.

About Rising Stars

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 will assess 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. Rising Stars will see a list of programs designed specifically to hone their unique competencies throughout their professional career.

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.

2020 ARA Conference & Expo - more than a virtual event

By registering for the virtual 2020 ARA Conference & Expo on Dec. 1-2, Rising Stars gain access to more than just a virtual event. Both live and on-demand sessions will leave attendees with practical knowledge to apply to their work while offering insights into what to expect after the 2020 general election.

ARA Rising Stars will be recognized during a general session in a video introducing themselves, their company and what leadership in ag means to them. 

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,