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The 2023 Faces of Leadership Conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio. Stay tuned for more details about next year!


The National Junior Hereford Association’s (NJHA) annual Faces of Leadership Conference mission is to empower NJHA members with the skills they need to develop into the best leaders they can be. Through the Faces of Leadership Conference young leaders are exposed to opportunities in the industry and the conference cultivates communication skills, encourages working in team settings and focuses on individual development.

In the past few years, the event has traveled to Montana, California, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innovation Campus, Michigan State University, South Dakota State University and the Texas Panhandle. From challenging participants to creating entrepreneurial opportunities, amazing ranch tours and up-close looks at the industry at Tyson Foods and Trans Ova Genetics, new doors are being opened and Faces of Leadership participants truly are experiencing leadership as they have never seen it before during this tremendous networking opportunity.

This conference is offered to junior members ages 14-21. Intermediate and senior members will benefit the most from Faces of Leadership.

Sky is the Limit for Hereford Juniors at Faces of Leadership


Ninety-two junior members from 22 different states and Canada all gathered in Billings, Mont., for the 2022 Faces of Leadership conference, hosted by the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) on August 3-6. The theme of the conference was “Sky’s the Limit,” hosting tours of Hereford operations in the big sky country, inspirational and educational keynote speakers, sessions hosted by the NJHA Board of Directors, tours of the iconic Public Auction Yards (PAY’s) and fun adventures that included white water rafting on the Yellowstone River.

The closing keynote speaker, Cheryl Mitchell, joined the attendees during the entire event, participating in each tour and activity, as well as coaching the NJHA Board of Directors on the proper way to host their workshops. By attending all of the different aspects of the conference, she was able to bring highlights of the week into her keynote, using the white water rafting as an analogy, the tours as learning material and the speakers as inspiration. “Your mind is the most powerful organ that you have,” said Mitchell, as she emphasized the importance of being a good leader and taking care of your body, mind and spirit, in order to lead others. “It is where you win and lose every decision, every choice in your life. From the minute you get out of bed, you make 35,000 decisions each day all within your mind. So how are you using it and strengthening it?”