Meet Diane Young at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference

Meet Diane Young - Speaker

Diane YoungDiane Young, Owner and Director of Technical Services for Foundation Analytical Laboratory, will be hosting a general session during the Women in Ag Leadership Conference on Nov. 28, 2017.

When thinking of agriculture, many people will often turn to the trademark visions of farms and rolling cornfields. But behind those signature animal production operations is the science responsible for their respective functionality.

“You do not necessarily have to be a farmer to be in agriculture,” Young said.

Women make up nearly 47% of the United States’ collective workforce. However, only 25.8% of those who are occupied within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field are women.

The Iowa State University graduate in microbiology and animal science will be addressing the concept of “glass ceilings” - the idea that women face implicit hurdles when working to advance their career. Young believes that this idea only serves to be a mental barrier for women.  “There’s really only glass ceilings if we put them there. If you are looking for one, you will find one,” Young said.

In 2009, Young founded the Foundation Analytical Laboratory in Cherokee, Iowa with the objective of bringing the “hard working Iowa farm kid culture” and customer service values to the industry. While working to relay her personal success story to attendees, Young looks to encourage women to pursue the multitude of opportunities that exist within the ag industry.

For more from Diane Young and other inspirational leaders, register to attend our conference here.