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Dow AgroScience coach leads Women Agribusiness workshop


For those who are on the cusp of something bigger in their careers, or those who want to hone their leadership skills, Women in Agribusiness is bringing executive coach and business management consultant Kay Kuenker in to share her interactive “Transitioning to the Front Lines of Leadership” workshop.

Kuenker, who is a 29-plus year veteran of Dow AgroSciences, will present the experiential-based workshop on Monday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hilton Denver City Center. The workshop kicks off the start of the seventh annual Women in Agribusiness Summit (WIA), though admission to each event is independent of the other. In addition, the event may be added to a WIA registration that has already been purchased.

“Although Women in Agribusiness strives to increase women’s knowledge of the food and ag industry, there’s been increased demand for training in skills that help women advance to leadership roles and navigate that path,” said Event Director Joy O’Shaughnessy, who also is a managing director with HighQuest Group, the hosts of the Summit. “With this workshop, attendees will better understand their management style so they can adjust to the others they encounter along their career path.”

Kuenker, who has conducted the “Transitioning to the Front Lines of Leadership” workshop at several Canadian venues, promises an interactive forum that includes minimal lecture, a multitude of participant discussions, and several active learning exercises. Participants will discuss the skills required to shift from the role of individual contributor to that of a “people leader” or “team leader,” by addressing topics of self-awareness and self-management, motivating others, and communication effectiveness.

Key benefits of the workshop include:

  • Gain a better understanding of yourself.
  • Understand how you come across to others vs. how you want to come across to others.
  • Gain insights into your leadership tendencies.
  • Understand your emotional trigger points.
  • Discover ways to manage the above in stressful situations.

Workshop attendees are invited to stay and attend the two-and-a-half day Women in Agribusiness Summit to learn and engage in the lively agribusiness community where women learn about industry outlooks and trends, network with influential executives, and develop valuable professional skills in an interactive and innovative forum.

More than 600 attendees are expected at this year’s Summit, which will be held September 24-26 at the Hilton Denver City Center and feature keynote speakers Dr. Temple Grandin, world-renowned animal behavior consultant to the livestock industry, and Dr. Jacqueline Applegate, head of environmental science for CropScience, a division of Bayer.

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