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The Ohio State University Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), the Max M. Fisher College of Business, and the OSU Leadership Center have joined forces to launch a new elite leadership training with the goal of cultivating the “next level” of leaders for Ohio’s agriculture-related organizations by fostering individual leadership and strengthening board members and top tier leaders. Through leadership workshops and individual coaching sessions, AgOne is built to cultivate the future of Ohio’s agriculture leaders to make amplify their impact. It is a 12-month long, individualized leadership development program which is designed to transform individual influence for industry impact through leadership and boardsmanship.

AgOne. Individual Influence. Industry Impact. 


Program Outline (12-month duration)

  • Session 1: Orientation and Build Assessment (1 month)
  • Session 2: Program Kick-off and Leadership Plan Development (1 month)
  • Session 3: Learning Session with Self Leadership Focus (3 months)
  • Session 4: Learning Session with Team Leadership Focus (3 months)
  • Session 5: Learning Session with Stewardship Focus (3 months)
  • Session 6: Program Reflection and Celebration (1 month)
Infographic showing the five elements of AgOne.


Every participant in AgOne will receive individual and group instruction designed to help them break through barriers and make their greatest possible impact. Upon completion, each AgOne leader will:

  • Earn a Foundational Leadership Certificate from the OSU Leadership Center
  • Develop and act on a leadership plan based on their leadership skill profile and board aspirations
  • Identify leadership skills in which to further develop strengths and manage weaknesses 
  • Reflect upon their personal leadership profile and how others view their leadership skills 
  • Enact a leadership plan with assistance from a program facilitator 
  • Strengthened their network within and around the agriculture industry
  • Gain a better grasp of board effectiveness and their ability to lead within the context of a board structure


The cost per participant is $5,000 which covers expenses for assessments, coaching, workshops, etc. Participants should dedicate ~80 hours of time over a 12-month program. 

Application and Nomination Information

We are now accepting applications for the second cohort which will begin in August of 2022. Applications and nomination letters must be submitted via the online application form by Thursday, July 7th by 11:59 p.m. EST.  

For your convenience, we have created an application template to complete in order to prepare your answers for submission. ONLY digital submissions will be accepted by the application deadline using the online application. This template is only for reference.  To download a copy of the application template, click here. 

Each applicant will need to upload a nomination letter written by the nominating organization addressing why the organization sees potential in them as an AgOne candidate. This letter should be signed by a leadership team member of the nominating organization. The letter should also include the individual’s connection to the participant and what knowledge and skills they believe you will contribute. 

AgOne Flyer

Download the AgOne flyer here


Any questions can be directed to Maggie Good at An FAQ sheet is also available to answer questions as well.