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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces 2021 World Championship Cheese Contest and 2020 Educational Leadership Trainings

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces 2021 World Championship Cheese Contest and 2020 Educational Leadership Trainings

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) has announced some pretty exciting industry news: World Championship Cheese Contest is still on!

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“Our utmost concern is the health and safety of our industry, so we have moved CheeseExpo to April 2021 and plan to host again its natural partner, the World Championship Cheese Contest, a few weeks ahead of this international trade exposition,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director.

The World Championship Cheese Contest will be held February 17-19, 2021, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a press release related. The contest’s crowning reception, Cheese Champion, will be held the evening of February 19, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

Complete entry details will be available August 18 at, followed by online entry opening October 14.

CheeseExpo will then be held April 6-8, 2021, also at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Judy Keller, Events Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“CheeseExpo draws more than 4,000 dairy processing industry professionals from all over the world to Wisconsin for educational seminars, interactive displays of equipment, unparalleled networking opportunities, and a jubilant salute to the world’s best cheesemakers,” stated Judy Keller, WCMA Events Director. “We are thrilled to be able to keep these events—and the people who join in them—connected.”

On top of that news, WCMA also urges industry leaders and up-and-comers to register for the Fall 2020 Educational Leadership Trainings.

Rebekah Sweeney, Communications, Education, and Policy Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“WCMA leadership trainings were put on hold earlier this year, as we focused all attention on our members’ health and their essential, critical work,” remarked Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA Communications, Education, and Policy Director. “But the demand for industry education remains, and WCMA has made plans to ensure the delivery of impactful, engaging trainings this fall.”

These trainings include the popular WCMA Front-Line Leadership Training courses and WCMA Advanced Leadership Series for mid-level managers, alongside a brand-new class, WCMA Next Step Leadership, designed for established leaders who want to expand their skills. Registration is open now.

The World Championship Cheese Contest will be held February 17-19, 2021, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These leadership courses are slated to take place in person but may be moved online at WCMA’s discretion. Such offerings include:

WCMA Front-Line Leadership Training

  • Part A is focused on exploring the essential skills to own your role as a supervisor, and will be held Thursday, September 24 at Staybridge Suites Eau Claire-Altoona. Space is now very limited in this class, and only three spots remain available
  • Part B centers on positively impacting staff performance, and will be held on Thursday, October 15 and at Herzing University in Madison. This class has 16 available spaces
  • Part C breaks down the key ingredients for cultivating a team, and will be held on Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5, at Herzing University in Madison. The November 4 class is completely full, but nine spaces remain available in the November 5 offering

WCMA Advanced Leadership Series

  • Session 1 is set for Tuesday, September 22, and will push participants to take initiative in driving change and generating positive results for their company
  • Session 2 will be held Wednesday, November 11, and focuses on the application of a creative and collaborative problem-solving process
  • Session 3 wraps the series on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and will explain the tools and strategies leaders can use to foster collaboration and resolve workplace conflict

WCMA Next Step Leadership

  • Set for Tuesday, October 6, at Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin, this session is open to established leaders and encouraged for those member employees who have completed any of WCMA’s previous leadership course offerings. In 2020, this course will offer a deep dive into strategies for inclusion and diversity in your workplace

“These trainings are high quality, low cost opportunities for industry employers not only to train, but also demonstrate an investment in their most valued workers,” concluded Sweeney. “WCMA is pleased to support its members in their efforts to build strong, productive teams and advance their business goals.”

Exciting news ahead for the cheese industry! Keep reading Deli Market News as we continue to deliver the latest.

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