SALINAS, Calif. — The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) and the Ag Leadership Alumni Council have announced that Bob Gray and Dr. Pat Lattore will be presented with the prestigious Honorary Fellow Award. The awards will be presented on Feb. 9 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District in conjunction with the commencement dinner and reception of the California Agricultural Leadership Program’s Class 47.
The Honorary Fellow Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated consistent commitment and uncommon excellence in the furtherance of education and leadership in California agriculture. Recipients are also dedicated and longtime supporters of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Bob Gray was the president and CEO of CALF from September 2009 to his retirement in August 2016. During his tenure, he led a reorganization of staff and faculty, assisted in refocusing curriculum, updated communications, increased participation by alumni and dramatically improved fundraising efforts. Through his work, the foundation and the Ag Leadership Program enjoyed unprecedented success. Goodwill towards the program through alumni, industry and supporters grew to an all-time high. His leadership and foresight were instrumental in the creation of a strategic plan which produced the mission of “growing leaders who make a difference” with the vision of “California agricultural leaders united as a catalyst for a vibrant industry.”
Dr. Pat Lattore, a former university president, well-known leadership consultant and president of PAL~Leadership, LLC, played an important and influential role in the development and delivery of curriculum to numerous Ag Leadership classes. His expertise in building effective teams, increasing personal leadership capacity, facilitating organizational change, individual executive coaching and providing diagnostic and cultural analysis for teams and organizations proved to be an invaluable asset to the program and its participants. His work with individuals and groups using feedback instruments including the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, 360-degree feedback questionnaires and personal story reflections were undeniably successful.
“The selection by the foundation’s board and Alumni Council of Bob and Pat for this award and recognition as Honorary Fellows is absolutely spot-on,” said Jeff Elder, chairman of the foundation’s board. “I cannot think of any two more deserving individuals who have meant so much to this foundation and program.”
The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation operates the California Agricultural Leadership Program, which is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, government, communities, business and education.
–California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
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