Intensive pre-conference workshops offered as part of Women in Ag Leadership Conference November 27-28, 2017

September 21, 2017

ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference


Whether you want to be an active leader within your farm family, create the agribusiness career path of your dreams, or influence local agricultural boards and committees, this conference will have something for you. The event will bring women together for inspiration, informal mentoring, new ideas and expanded skill sets around leadership. As we continue to grow the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program, we want to offer activities that are unique in our state, take advantage of university expertise, and support the community of women in agriculture. 


The main leadership conference is taking place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Ames, Iowa. In addition, we are offering intensive workshops on Monday evening, November 27, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. These three hour workshops with dinner will focus on specific skill sets for professional and personal development.


Here’s a sneak peek of two of the intensive workshops.


Becoming a Cooperative Board Influencer


Did you know Iowa cooperatives generate more than $9 Billion in revenue?  Agriculture, mutual insurance, and utility cooperatives have extremely low levels of participation by women on their respective boards.  Across the nation, agriculture cooperatives have only 3 percent board representation by women. The good news is cooperatives in Iowa are seeking out more women leaders.


Dr. Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University Economics Assistant Professor and Cooperatives Extension SpecialistIf you are just thinking about serving on a cooperative or other board, or in the midst of being the best board member you can be, this workshop is for you. Dr. Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University Economics Assistant Professor and Cooperatives Extension Specialist, will guide workshop participants in understanding the unique aspects of cooperative businesses, the role of the board of directors and how to be an effective and influential board member.


 


Source: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Center studies: http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/pdf/CBS_results_summary.pdf, and http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/StateStatSummaries/IA.pdf.


 


 


 


Discover Your Ag Leadership Strengths Workshop


Discover Your Ag Leadership Strengths is another intensive workshop opportunity that will be offered on Monday evening, November 27, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

 

 Women are taking on more leadership of family farms. One in four Iowa farmers is a woman and women are the principal operators on 13% of Iowa farms. These women are contributing leadership by managing employees, marketing the farm’s products, mentoring the next generation, and making purchasing decisions. Taking a look at agribusiness, nearly 90% of women feel optimistic about their opportunity for advancement in agribusiness, while only 56% feel optimistic about their opportunities for advancement outside of agriculture, according to the 2014 Gender Roles and Equality in Agribusiness study. This is good news and demonstrates the incredible opportunities women in agriculture have today. In Iowa government, women comprise an average of 28% of local, county, state, and federal elected officials. In addition, women are becoming leaders of commodity groups and farm organizations and starting up their own local networking groups. That is a lot of leadership potential!


Whether you are taking charge in an agribusiness, out in the dairy barn, or around your farm family’s kitchen table, it is likely you will find yourself leading at some point in your life. This workshop is designed to help you recognize and utilize your own personal leadership strengths to the best of your abilities.


Dr. Jennifer Leptien, Iowa State University Interim Director for Learning Communities, and Lora Leigh Chrystal, Director of the


Dr. Jennifer Leptien, Iowa State University Interim Director for Learning Communities, and Lora Leigh Chrystal, Director of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering, will guide workshop participants in identifying their leadership strengths. Registrants will complete a Strengths Finder online assessment before the workshop. Through interactive activities and discussion, Dr. Leptien and Ms. Chrystal will help women develop their leadership by understanding the strengths they bring to the table.


 

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