The Bold Application Process

Find the information you need to know to participate in the BOLD program.

How can BOLD bring out the best in you?

BOLD graduates discover ways to turn their personal passion for avocados into a professional asset that can help improve profitability and increase the effectiveness of a growing industry that creates jobs, improves the well-being of consumers, and benefits entire communities.

BOLD participants will take part in courses on the essential knowledge, skills, and relationships necessary for motivated individuals to develop themselves into industry leaders.

Content is developed and taught by relevant professionals, ranging from industry veterans to top academic professionals in food and agriculture at the University of California-Davis. Each participant is also paired with a mentor for the duration of the program.

All applicants must meet the following criteria to participate in this program. You need to be a producer of Hass avocados that can be distributed in the United States, or an importer of avocados in the U.S., AND be qualified to sit on a U.S. association (HAPRI) avocado board of directors.


  • JAN 1 – JAN 31 Open application enrollment.
  • February HAB and HAPRI Associations will review all qualified candidate applications and begin making sponsorship decisions.
  • Late March Selected candidates will be informed of their acceptance into the program by the HAPRI Board who will sponsor their participation.
  • April 1 BOLD program starts. Welcome meeting. Overview of expectations, responsibilities, and calendar of meetings, events, and seminars.

Participant commitments:

  • Yearlong participation, spanning March 2024 to March 2025.
  • Attend 5-6 HAPRIO Board meetings including module training sessions. Locations: CA and Dallas.
  • Meetings might be held virtually.
  • Trip to Washington D.C. for USDA visit.
  • Attend 2-day academic training at UC Davis in June (if travel is possible, held virtually otherwise)
  • Participate in a mentorship program throughout the year.
  • Have approval from participant’s company to engage.

Learn more about how you can get involved in the bold program

Whether you are a potential applicant or an interested member of the industry, learn more about how BOLD brings out the best in all of us.