Professional Grounds Management Society Is Accepting Applications for Its 2023/24 Leadership Program Called LEAD

The Professional Grounds Management Society is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 leadership education and development certificate program LEAD. Developed to provide collaborative and discussion-based education with tangible takeaways, LEAD helps grounds management professionals tackle the ever-growing leadership challenges facing the industry.  

LEAD will provide 13 months of both in-person and virtual education with topics including culture, conflict resolution, stress management, motivation, diversity, emotional intelligence, communication, talent recruitment and retention, and building collaborative relationships and networks. Monthly education will be led by industry-leading content providers and Brandon Haley, CGM will serve as the 2023-2024 Dean of Leadership. 

“PGMS recognizes the importance of leadership education and how pivotal it is to develop a company culture that attracts, motivates, and retains high-performing staff, which is crucial in today’s labor market. LEAD will help our industry’s current and aspiring leaders communicate effectively, recognize and reduce conflict all while building a culture that inspires high-quality results,” said Bruce De Vrou, CGM, President of the Society.

LEAD is specifically designed to help industry professionals build the foundational skills needed to become transformational leaders in grounds management. Upon earning a LEAD Certificate, participants will be prepared to pursue future leadership opportunities.  “After a very successful inaugural year, the Society is excited to continue the program and the top-tier leadership education to advance our industry’s future leaders.” 

Applications are accepted through August 15, 2023, and registration is limited to 20 participants. The first education session will be held virtually in September 2023 with the 2023-2024 LEAD certificate being presented during the 2024 Annual Conference.  

For more information on eligibility requirements, content leaders, and the application process, visit

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