AMES, Iowa – The seventh annual Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference is Nov. 29-30 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The conference takes place Nov. 29 from 1-8 p.m. and Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The conference theme, “Cultivating Confidence, Harvesting Happiness,” reflects the dedication of women to the agricultural industry.
“I’m proud of the advisory committee’s work to bring women a conference that reflects the world we live in today,” said Madeline Schultz, ISU Women in Ag program manager. “Our remarkable speakers are ready to share leadership knowledge and skills women can apply to help them succeed,”
The advisory committee designed a powerful program to arm women in agribusiness, farm women, students and others with tools to help them be successful leaders in their agricultural careers, communities, farms and families. Through tours, workshops, panel discussions and more, this year’s event fosters inspiration, mentorship and new skill sets.
Sara Wyant, founder of Agri-Pulse Communications, will keynote the conference. “Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed to have Iowa farm women as my mentors who gave me valuable insight and inspiration that was so helpful,” said Wyant.
Straight from Capitol Hill, Wyant will bring the latest news on the Farm Bill to women in Iowa during her breakout sessions.
The conference opens with Andrea Flemming, a dynamic young farmer and founder of That Fit Agvocate. In this interactive session, she’ll inspire women to cultivate confidence. In her breakout session, Flemming will focus on building brands. Ruth Hambleton, founder of Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women, will close the conference with her message on harvesting happiness with 20 years of Annie’s Project.
The luncheon panel brings together talented board leaders from the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Agribusiness Association of Iowa, to share their leadership journey and the issues important to them. Other panel discussions center on farmland ownership, financing business start-ups and career advice.
Featured speakers include author and professional mediator Kiley Fleming, corporate recruiter Laura Bloome, farmer and experienced cattle and grain marketer Lynn Martz, and other passionate professionals. Refer to the websites below for a comprehensive list of speakers and the complete agenda.
Early bird registration is available through Nov. 10 and saves attendees $20. Regular registration is $140 for adults and $80 for students. Single-day registration is also available. Register online at www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag. Scholarships may be requested. Farm Credit Services of America is a major sponsor.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program improves the quality of life in Iowa by providing research-based educational programs to expand agricultural enterprise, improve natural resource management and support the community of women in agriculture. Visit www.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag to learn more about the leadership conference and the other women-centered programs offered.
(Kiley Allan, student intern for the Women in Agriculture program at Iowa State, helped write this article).
Shareable photo: Sara Wyant, editor and publisher of Agri-Pulse Communications.