Manager, Training and Development for Farm Credit Services of Illinois
Emily Morehouse is the Manager for Training and Development for Farm Credit Services of Illinois. Her position enables her to consult with staff in the Association to assess employee training needs, lead the design and development of programs, and implement and evaluate training programs. She also provides input to human resource activities involving employee relations, planning, compliance, and policies and procedures. “I enjoy the opportunity to be able to use that knowledge [from mentors] to develop individual’s talents and skills within our Association. I am privileged to work with fantastic co-workers who have direct and indirect ties to the agricultural industry and provide services to our agricultural producers.”
Some of Morehouse’s personal characteristics that allow her to excel in her profession include the ability to communicate with others, and utilize skills in the areas of decision-making and problem-solving. She also notes that it is important to always be organized, and exhibit flexibility with others while utilizing creative talents to promote a team building approach.
Morehouse graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 2004, and earned her Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education in 2006. “The personalized attention I experienced from the moment I decided to apply as a transfer student to my current experience as an alumnus with the College of ACES faculty and academic staff was phenomenal, and I would not have had the opportunities and experiences I had without their guidance, patience, support and understanding. I received a world class education from world class faculty and staff who genuinely care about their students’ well-being; for that, I will be forever thankful as a third-generation family member tied to the orange and blue heritage.”
While attending the University of Illinois, Morehouse says she learned the value of friendships and professional relationships by her participation in student organizations, coursework, and her international study abroad experience to Costa Rica. She served as the historian for Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, the vice-president and public service chairman for Collegiate 4-H, and was a member of the Agricultural Education Recruiting Organization. “I had the opportunity to work for the State 4-H Office, serve as an advisor to the Illinois 4-H Youth Leadership Team and as a youth representation to the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. Being able to serve as a mentor in these leadership roles transformed me into the professional I am today, and have provided countless opportunities for networking and personal growth.”
As for her successful career, Morehouse says her experience at the University of Illinois was of utmost importance to prepare for her future. “I believe my University of Illinois experience began the moment I joined 4-H, and the skills I gained in 4-H continued to prepare me as an undergraduate and graduate student on campus and to be a life-long learner in my professional career. Those life skills served me well to be able to interact with others, deliver presentations, and work collaboratively in teams as a team member and in leadership capacities. My formalized education within my agricultural education courses further developed my teaching and training skills while also improving my critical thinking and analytical skills.” She also commented that the Floral Design elective course had an unexpected impact on her future. "[This course] broadened my creativity and innovation skills sets. Used in combination, all of those skills afforded me opportunities to develop and deliver curriculum and content to varied audiences that served me well as a 4-H Youth Development Agent for Kansas State University and as a mentoring co-chair during my time as a program specialist at USDA in Washington, DC.”