Farm Bureau's Cabrera Graduates from Leadership Columbia

06/27/2016

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) Director of Organizational Training and Leadership Development, Jessica Cabrera, of Columbia, SC recently graduated from the midland’s Leadership Columbia program. The program, organized and coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce since 1972, strives to provide our community with an enduring source of diverse leaders who are prepared and committed to serving their region.

Cabrera, who joined SCFB last February, has extensive knowledge and experience in training and development. Before coming to SCFB, she worked at the Center for Child and Family Studies in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Her leadership and training experience ranges from the corporate to non-profit sectors and she has worked not only within the U.S. but also overseas. A South Carolina native, Cabrera earned her Masters of Education in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University. She earned a B.S. in Modern Languages from Clemson University in 2002.

As a skills-building program, Leadership Columbia aims to identify and motivate emerging community leaders; provide an educational experience with a strong emphasis on social and community awareness; and challenge participants to apply their talents within their community while providing an opportunity to become involved. Each year, 60 candidates are chosen based on community involvement, capacity for leadership, commitment to improving the Midlands, and an interest in enhancing their capabilities.

The program focuses on showing the candidates an in-depth look at the critical issues facing the community. Through hands-on experiences, the candidates fully explore topics such as: education, politics and government, arts and culture, economic development, finance, health and human services, criminal justice and law enforcement, military affairs, as well as environment and tourism. Such an intensive examination of these issues gives the candidates the information and confidence to make a positive change in our community.

The program cumulates with a graduation ceremony and the unveiling of the class project. Once graduated, the candidates become alumni of the program and continue their impact on our region.

Leadership Columbia has more than 1,900 alumni serving communities all across the United States.

The SC Farm Bureau Federation is a non-profit membership organization with 100,000 member families. SCFB celebrates and supports family farmers, locally grown food, and rural lands through legislative advocacy, education, and community outreach. The grassroots membership alliance includes everyone from foodies and fishermen to lawyers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and of course, farmers. In addition to celebrating and supporting farmers, food, and rural lands, our members enjoy an array of member benefits. To learn more about Farm Bureau log onto www.scfb.org.

For questions about Leadership Columbia, please contact Elizabeth Cardell at ecardell@columbiachamber.com

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