WCMA Offers Leadership Development Opportunities in Spring 2022

Posted By: Grace Atherton WCMA News,

Plan ahead to join the next round of spring trainings offered by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), scheduled to begin in February 2022. Registration is now open online for these popular workshops.

“Research shows a clear link between training and worker retention – and WCMA members know from firsthand experience the value of keeping great employees,” noted Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy. “We’re pleased to offer these opportunities for members to support the professional growth of their workers and encourage them to continue their careers in dairy processing.”

WCMA’s Front-Line Leadership classes are specifically designed for new and seasoned supervisors looking to build their skills in conflict resolution, communication, stress and time management, and cultivation of a team mentality. Front-Line Leadership sessions are offered a la carte and may be taken in any order. WCMA will again offer these trainings in a hybrid format in 2022, allowing participants to join via Zoom or in-person in Madison, Wisconsin.

Front-Line Leadership Part A, scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022, will focus on developing essential leadership skills. On Thursday, March 17, Front-Line Leadership Part B will provide strategies to help supervisors boost staff performance. The spring series concludes with Front-Line Leadership Part C on Thursday, April 7, related to cultivating a team.

Additionally, WCMA will offer its unique Next Step Leadership course on Thursday, March 31. This workshop is open to established leaders who have completed any of WCMA’s leadership trainings. Each year, Next Step Leadership pairs a review of familiar concepts with fresh materials covering a specific topic. In 2022, the class will focus on talent retention strategies.

WCMA members interested in participating in the spring sessions may register online. Questions about WCMA’s educational programming can be directed to Rebekah Sweeney at (608) 386-3012.