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ARA Rising Stars


Nominations are open

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Recognize, reward and develop your organization's top performers and future leaders by nominating them for the ARA Rising Stars program.

Nominations are open for the 2020 program.

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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 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?

  • Discounted registration rate ($350) to attend the ARA Conference & Expo presentations and networking events;
  • Invitation to the Chairman's Reception with top industry leaders at the conference;
  • A plaque presented at the Rising Stars Event.
  • Recognition on the general session stage, in the conference program, on the mobile event app, and in ARA post-conference news releases and communications.

COVID-19 Response at ARA Conference & Expo

We are optimistically planning to host the 2020 ARA Conference & Expo on Dec. 1-3, in Las Vegas, Nev. Please rest assured that we will continue to monitor local, state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. Click here to view the latest protocols our host, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, is putting place for the safety of its guests.

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,