National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule has been named the 2015 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation. New England Farmers Union congratulates Goule on this accomplishment and is grateful for his service on behalf of the dairy farmers of this region.
The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. Each year, the Holstein Foundation recognizes one YDLI alumnus who has made notable contributions and used the skills gained during his or her YDLI experience for the betterment of the dairy industry. Goule, a graduate of YDLI Class 5, is currently one of NFU’s media spokespersons and oversees the departments of government relations, communications, education and membership.
“YDLI was key in my initial development as a professional,” Goule said. “It was the first time I took the Meyers Briggs test and learned about the 16 types of personalities. It was the first time I had any type of formal media training. The instruction I received helped me bring the entire dairy industry supply chain together and then later helped when I worked on the House Agriculture Committee. The program also assisted me in identifying my strengths and my weaknesses in order to improve upon both areas. It is a great program, and I am honored to receive this award.”
He was named to his position last March after four-and-a-half years as NFU’s vice president of government relations. Prior to joining the family farm organization, Goule worked for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, for U.S. Rep. Collin C. Peterson, and for U.S. Rep. John S. Tanner. He earned a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Goule will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 9, Phase I program, Feb. 25–28, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.