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Syngenta Business Institute goes virtual for 2020


Application deadline for superintendents has been extended to Sept. 15 for the annual professional development program 

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Aug. 13, 2020 – Syngenta has announced that the 2020 Syngenta Business InstituteSM (SBI) program will be hosted virtually, Dec. 7-11, 2020. The deadline for golf course superintendents to apply online has been extended until Sept. 15. 

“After much discussion, and with the health and safety of our customers in mind, we are excited to announce we will continue with the Syngenta Business Institute this year, but instead of in person, we are going virtual,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. “This is not a decision we made lightly. We are committed to providing education and we are continuing to work closely with the staff at Wake Forest University to provide eight hours of quality higher education. This is the perfect hybrid of live teaching that will challenge and engage superintendents online.”

The 2020 program will be held via Zoom, beginning with an introductory social networking session on Monday evening. Educational courses will then be hosted in two-hour sessions Tuesday through Friday. Faculty from the nationally ranked Wake Forest University School of Business will teach the curriculum, which will cover the following topics: 
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Negotiations
  • Tools for Managing Employees
  • Leading Across Cultures and Generations 
“It is wonderful to see Syngenta has a strong desire to continue providing golf course superintendents with critical leadership and business savvy to ensure they have professional growth opportunities they need to thrive,” said Kerry Shronts, executive director of executive education at Wake Forest University School of Business. “In working closely with our Wake Forest Executive Education team, Syngenta is reinforcing its commitment to the industry as we transition this program to a virtual classroom and continue to provide an effective and safe learning environment.” 

To help encourage interaction and participation among attendees, the class size for SBI 2020 will be limited, like previous years. Syngenta will select approximately 24 individuals employed in the United States as a superintendent, director of agronomy or at an equivalent level to participate in the program. 

Applications must be submitted online by midnight, PDT, on Sept. 15, 2020. 

To apply, visit GreenCastOnline.com/SBI. Superintendents can also contact their local Syngenta territory manager for more information. To be considered, candidates must fill out an application, which includes a short essay on why they should be selected to attend SBI. Selected participants will be notified in October. 

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About Syngenta 
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.  To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta and www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS.

Media Contacts:
Mark LaFleur
(336) 632-6138
mark.lafleur@syngenta.com 

Kelsea Mullane
(919) 870-5718
kmullane@gscommunications.com 

Web Resources:
Syngenta Business Institute 
GreenCast Online
Wake Forest University School of Business

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