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Paul Ellinger
Paul Ellinger was accepted for the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an executive leadership development program for academia, industry, and government.

The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership
competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective
of food systems. The FSLI experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles
in food system programs, and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their

During the FSLI program, scholars work with expert instructors, leadership development
coaches, and an upper level mentor to help increase their leadership abilities. They meet
with leaders of universities, political leaders, industry leaders and others who have
advanced to the highest levels of leadership. Leadership theory is combined with
practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education.

The FSLI is a two year program. Year one includes intensive executive education-style
residential learning sessions at three university locations. Scholars perform assessments
to increase their self awareness of their leadership style, and the results are used to
develop and implement a personal development plan, prepared with the assistance of a
professional coach. Interactive distance learning is used between residential sessions.
During year two participants work, applying what they have learned, to develop and carry
out an individual leadership project.

Additional information is available at

FSLI is dedicated to advancing and strengthening food systems by preparing a set of new
leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to invent and reinvent the food systems
of the future. It is a program of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
(A-P-L-U), with the initial funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. North
Carolina State University is the host site with The Ohio State University and California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo being residential sites responsible for
implementation of the program.