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Emerging Leaders Group


Connect with other young professionals (35 and under) in the horticulture industry!

Join one of WNLA's Emerging Leaders Groups in Kansas City, Omaha, St Louis or Tulsa!  WNLA membership is not required and registration to meetups is FREE.

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The mission of the WNLA's Emerging Leaders Group is: The Emerging Leaders of the WNLA strive to enrich our industry and ourselves through community outreach, innovation, and education. (written by the Kansas City Emerging Leaders Group)



“I’ll be starting a new job on Monday.  It’ll be different and quite a challenge, but I’m looking forward to the new direction. I just wanted to say thank you for encouraging activity within the Emerging Leader group. That networking environment has more than paid off in my case!”

Mark Ostendorf 


"Getting together with this new group of Emerging Leaders has been an exhilarating experience. We are creating connections with our peers who share similar situations in opposite ends of the industry. As we build these relationships, we also grow as horticulturalists, managers, designers..etc. These are values we will hold throughout our entire careers."

Thomas Minter

Plant Health Manager

Loma Vista Nursery



"Can't wait for the next meeting. It always pumps me up to know there are other young people with the same passion for the industry as myself. The future is in our hands. It is very exciting to imagine what the group can achieve!"

Fernando Marrufo

Schwope Brothers Tree Farms



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Western Nursery & Landscape Association
P.O. Box 411747 Kansas City, MO 64141