The Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) takes a research-based approach to providing executive education to agricultural cooperative stakeholders. The managers and directors who participate in GICL programs learn the latest co-op-focused managerial best practices and take away strategic and operational tools they can apply when leading their co-op businesses.
GICL’s goal is to contribute to the long-term success of agricultural cooperatives through the generation of new knowledge and development of advanced programs.
GICL provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among a diverse group of participants including cooperative managers, governing bodies, and scholars. GICL fills a unique research and educational need in the specialized field of producer-owned and-controlled firms. Recognized for leading-edge thinking about cooperatives, GICL marked its 50th year in 2022 with over 2,500 alumni serving cooperatives across the globe.
GICL’s programs include:
- Summer Institute
- Board Chair/CEO Conference
- Bob and Lynda Engel Workshop Series
- Customized programs for agricultural cooperatives
Our Board of Trustees provides guidance and support regarding GICL’s programs.