Nearly 450 women attended the second annual Women in Agribusiness Summit last week in Minneapolis, Minn., to learn about and discuss agricultural careers and trends.
"Be your own advocate, be tenacious and don't let other people push you off your path," said keynote speaker Ilene Gordon, CEO of Ingredion Incorporated.
Gordon encouraged women looking to move up the ladder to have a plan and stick with it. "For women in business, I promise that in the days to come, there will be new opportunities; but don't wait, bang your fists on the door and make it happen," she said.
Gordon joined keynote speaker Beth Ford, executive vice president, chief supply chain and operations officer at Land O'Lakes, Inc., who stressed the "mission value" of being involved in ag.
"This is about the greatest purpose," she said. "This is about feeding the world."
Ford spoke of the growing global food needs that are creating soaring demand in ag careers, noting that the way women lead make them perfectly aligned with the challenge to grow the productivity of the agribusiness industry.
This year's Women in Agribusiness Summit provided twice as much content and three times the number of speakers than the debut event last year in New Orleans, La. Women representing 165 agribusiness-related companies joined in the break-out sessions and panel discussions.
"The main take away for me from this conference is that women are just as vital of an asset in agribusiness as good ground is to farming – we are limited in supply but lucky for agribusiness we can raise new, more, great women leaders and advocates for our industry," said Gina L. Sheets, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. "I am recommending this Summit to my entire team, our partners and women in our business."
European women will now be able to share in the experience of the Women in Agribusiness Summit at the February 3-4, 2014, conference at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain. This global event will feature topics that are specific to European women in ag and also highlight core topics, such as recruiting and advancing women in agribusiness, innovation in agribusiness, skill development, and conversations with today's ag leaders on women's pathways to leadership.
Learn more and register for the Barcelona event at www.womeninageurope.com.
Source: High Quest Partners