Bring out the Leader in You Intensive Workshop

October 20, 2017

Bring out the Leader in You Intensive Workshop

This month, we are pleased to announce the third intensive workshop offered as part of the ISU Women in Ag Leadership Conference. Mary Foley Balvanz, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Training Manager, and Heather Lilienthal, Iowa Soybean Association Director of Producer Services, will work to “Bring Out the Leader in You” on Monday evening, November 27, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Mary Foley Balvanz, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Training Manager, and Heather Lilienthal, Iowa Soybean Association Di

In 2015, the American Farm Bureau surveyed nearly 2,000 women. Farming was the primary occupation of one-third of the survey respondents and another one-third worked primarily in agribusiness. These women said ‘communicating effectively’ was the most important leadership skill; followed by ‘establishing and achieving goals.’ Most survey respondents believed they personally had skills to offer. Yet, only 30 percent indicated women are sufficiently represented in the agricultural industry. More than nine out of ten said there should be more women in leadership roles in the industry.

There are numerous opportunities, both on and off the farm, for women to channel their leadership skills. Agriculture and our rural communities need people who will follow their passion, build bridges and create positive change. In this workshop, women will work with others who want to build their leadership skills, identify barriers standing in the way, and discover strategies to knock them down.

“The session will really focus on helping people understand that everybody has leadership qualities and leadership skills within themselves, and while there might be barriers or obstacles to putting those skills to work, there’s still reasons why you should go ahead and take those steps into leadership,” Foley Balvanz said.

By participating in this interactive leadership workshop, women will enhance their personal skills to benefit their agricultural communities. “It is empowering for women to work together and find that they have common concerns and frustrations,” Foley Balvanz said. Whether women want to serve on a local school board, advocate for agriculture, start a new business, or lead a work team, this workshop will help them take the next steps.

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