DANVERS, MASS., April 24, 2014 – The 3rd annual Women in Agribusiness Summit will offer attendees a comprehensive view into the business topics making headlines in the ag sector, as well as substantive sessions to help steer personal growth and career path development and impart functional area knowledge.
The Summit, which will be held this year on October 6-8 in New Orleans, La., at the Hyatt Regency, has grown exponentially since its debut. Last year, the event hosted over 400 attendees from across the ag value chain, with 33 percent of the women in attendance at a senior vice president executive level or higher.
“The balance of skill development and industry knowledge sets the Women in Agribusiness Summit apart from others,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, event director at HighQuest Partners, the events, media and consulting firm that hosts the conference. O’Shaughnessy said the agenda for the event is built on the premise that the best way for women to advance in the sector is to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to make them the most suitable candidate for the job.
For this reason, the Summit content is crafted around three categories of offerings: relevant industry trends, functional area topics, and personal skill development.
Plenary sessions will include industry topics such as Commodity Market Outlook, The Impact of Climate and Weather on Agriculture Production, and The Impact of Consumer Food Trends on the Agribusiness Value Chain. Breakout discussions focus on functional areas, such as risk management, transportation, and marketing and human resources, while skill development sessions feature interactive workshops on negotiation, personal branding and preparing for your next position.
“This comprehensive coverage brings value to all stakeholders involved making attendance at this Summit possible… from the company who reaps a more knowledgeable employee to the attendee’s department that benefits from new functional area understanding, to the attendee themselves, who will walk away with an improved skill set for personal growth,” said O’Shaughnessy.
This year, those Women in Agribusiness Summit attendees who are looking to expand their content knowledge and networking opportunities are invited to join the co-located Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit (OGTS) immediately after the close of the Women in Agribusiness Summit on Wednesday, October 8.
Following a networking lunch with the more than 600 OGTS delegates, attendees can peruse the business opportunities in the Agribusiness Expo and participate in sessions pertaining to food and ingredients, feed, transportation, infrastructure and logistics, crop production and technological innovation.