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NJFC Leadership Development Class Goes to Washington, D.C. for Advocacy Engagement

Members of the latest NJFC Leadership Development Class hopped on a train to Washington, D.C. recently to learn about industry advocacy in our nation’s capital. The trip featured the opportunity for future industry leaders to meet with members of the NJ Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill and introduce them to federal partners from FMI, The Food Industry Association.

“This trip is a formidable opportunity to show these future food industry leaders the significance of having strong relationships with our federal association partners and New Jersey’s Congressional representatives. Our friends in Washington, D.C. play vital roles in the food industry by providing essential support and partnerships to foster innovation, ensure food safety, and drive economic growth” said NJFC President and CEO Linda Doherty.

During the trip, Leadership Development Class members met with NJ Congressman Tom Kean (R-7). The Congressman shared his views on leadership, discussed his political philosophy and highlighted the importance of civic engagement. Students also met with FMI leaders Jennifer Hatcher and Elizabeth Tansing to discuss association management engagement and the importance of serving as a voice for the food industry.

Rounding out the event, was a private special access tour of the U.S. Capitol Building from past NJFC Executive Board Member and former Secretary of the U.S. Senate Kelly Johnston. The two-hour tour gave an insider view to the history and workings of the U.S. Congressional Branch.

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