Management Development Institute (MDI)

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Program Purpose

The Management Development Institute (MDI) is designed to cultivate and enhance the culture of learning and development within the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture (CoA). MDI develops core competencies to enhance knowledge and broad perspectives of leadership within the AgCenter and College of Agriculture emerging leaders. MDI will provide opportunities for participants to interact and build relationships with others. Applicants should be willing to learn, support others with their strengths, and learn from others.

Program Goals

  • to develop or enhance competency, skills, and behaviors related to administrative operations within the AgCenter and CoA;
  • to expand the capacity for individuals to perform in leadership roles;
  • to build organizational alignment and develop the capabilities of others


MDI Framework

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Supervisor Recommendation Form
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Application Schedule 2022

  • Applications open January 5-31, 2022
  • Participant selections announced February 10, 2022
  • First session and orientation begins March 3, 2022

Course Meeting Schedule

March 3Session 1: Welcome, Program Overview, and Self-Awareness
March 31Session 2: Communication Strategies
April 28 Session 3: Developing leadership skills for managing others
May 26Session 4: Performance and Productivity 
June 16Session 5: Employee Development
July 21Session 6: Culture and Community
September 15Session 7: Principles of Human Resource Management
October 13Session 8: Principles of Finance and Budget
November 10Session 9: Principles of Information Technology and Communications
December 8Session 10: Making the Business Case: Basic Principles of Strategic Planning and Analysis

Meet the MDI Team

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Ashley Gautreaux- AVP Human Resources

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Bobby Soileau- Director, Ag Leadership

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Monica Guient- AVP Diversity, Inclusion, and Opportunity

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Brandi Frey- Training Specialist

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