The University of Missouri’s Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) serves as a resource for the nation’s agricultural cooperatives since 1982, providing research, education, and engagement programs that support development of cooperatives leaders.

GICL creates a unique, reciprocal relationship with its stakeholders: connecting directly with the industry and using real-world experiences to develop new concepts and research ideas that are tested in a collaborative environment.

GICL’s flagship programs are Summer Institute and Board Chair / CEO Conference. Summer Institute is an annual, intensive workshop aimed at strengthening cooperative insights and acumen among senior-level employees. The GICL Board Chair / CEO Conference is a biennial event that focuses on the shared responsibilities of cooperative boards and executive managers. GICL also creates small group workshops that engage global academic partners and cooperative leaders to address specific cooperative issues, drawing on research and developing practical solutions.