The WFLO Graduate Institute Professional Development Program is a four-day, industry-specific program for professionals engaged in temperature-controlled logistics who have graduated from the WFLO Institute. The program incorporates two important components for success in the industry – responding to customer requests and developing leadership skills.

In the highly-interactive Case Study Sessions, participants take an active role in real-world case studies to solve a customer request. These customer requests challenge multiple facets of the responding company, from operational abilities to financial and labor considerations. At the end of the four-day program, each group of participants presents their case study analysis, receives feedback from industry experts, and shares best practices with their peers.
The Leadership Sessions highlight each participant’s leadership potential by focusing on self-awareness, team building, results, growing others, and respect. Each participant completes Gallup Organization’s StrengthsFinder Assessment to discover their own strengths and how to best utilize them in their careers.

After completing the program, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct a multi-faceted analysis on a customer request using a variety of strategies
  • Prepare a presentation to communicate their assessment of the opportunity to company leadership for further consideration and action.
  • Develop a statement that articulates their personal leadership philosophy and demonstrates an understanding of critical leadership skills that will contribute to facility and company success in the 21st Century cold storage industry.

For the third time, the WFLO Graduate Institute will take place in conjunction with the Global Cold Chain Expo allowing attendees to maximize their experience by participating in two opportunities. Participants will capitalize on the experts around them by interviewing exhibitors at the Global Cold Chain Expo, International Floriculture Expo, the United FreshTec and FreshMkt Produce shows, and the SmartFood Expo, and include those key conversations in their case study presentations.