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Women in Agribusiness Summit 2018

September 24-26

Hilton Denver City Center

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2018 Special Activities

Check out our special activities that will be in Denver this year!

WIA Leadership Workshop WIA Member's Night Out Dr. Temple Grandin Book Signing Yoga Student Breakfast Workshop Industry Tour Ardent Mills Innovation Tour 

WIA Members Only Night Out

This is and exclusive event for WIA Members - become a member to receive an invitation!

WIA Members will enjoy an evening of camaraderie and fun with a behind the scenes private tour and tasting at Mile High Spirits and Distillery on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

Women in Agribusiness Leadership Series: Transitioning to the Front Lines of Leadership

Monday, September 24, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Presented by:
Kay Kuenker, Business Management Consultant and Executive Coach
Jacquie Stephens, President, Breakthrough Consulting

Improve your leadership skills! If you are relatively new to a leadership role, or just want to be ready for when you get that next big assignment, you’ll find value in this workshop that will enhance your effectiveness. This interactive workshop forum will include minimal lecture, lots of participant discussions and experiential learning exercises.

Learning Objectives:
In this experiential based workshop, participants will discuss the skills required to shift from the role of individual contributor to that of a “people leader” or “team leader.” Topics include self-awareness and self-management, motivating others and communication effectiveness.

How will you benefit?
-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 manager the above in stressful situations

Add to a summit registrations for $199 or register as a stand-alone for $250
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Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC - Kuner Feedlot & Loveland Products Plant

Monday, September 24, 2018 from 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

100 Seats Available - First come, first served. You must select the tour during registration to participate. A waitlist will be created once the spots are filled.

7:00 AM depart Hilton Denver City Center
Visit Five Rivers Cattle Feeding and Loveland Products Plant
2:00 PM return to Hilton Denver City Center
Lunch will be provided by Nutrien. A coffee break will be hosted by Five Rivers.


Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC is the largest cattle feeder in the world with facilities at 11 locations and a one-time feeding capacity of 900,000 head. The Kuner Feedlot, located in Kersey, Colorado, has a 100,000 head capacity and employs about 60 people.

On your tour of Kuner Feedlot, you will see a fully functioning and operational feed yard. Feeding cattle is a 365 day per year job, and your tour date will be no exception. We will cover a brief history of Five Rivers, an overview of cattle feeding and feed production, animal health, and the programs that are based exclusively out of the Kuner Feedlot. After a brief interactive portion in the office, the bus will take the group on a tour including the mill, receiving facility, cattle pens, and a chance to get out in the yard to observe the program cattle.


Nutrien is the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. Nutrien produces and distributes over 25 million tons of potash, nitrogen, and phosphate products world-wide. Combined with a leading agriculture retail network that services over 500,000 growers, Nutrien is well positioned to meet the needs of a growing world and create value for all our stakeholders. Nutrien is well positioned to meet the needs of a growing world and create value for all our stakeholders. As part of the services solution, Nutrien, through Loveland Products, offers a complete line of high performance input products. Nutrien's portfolio of seed treatment, plant nutrition, fertilizer, adjuvant, and crop protection products are second to none. 

Join us on this unique tour of our Loveland Products Plant in Greeley, CO. You'll learn how Nutrien helps feed the future through our adjuvant product line. Touring the plant you'll see first-hand how we process and package chemicals for distribution directly to farmers. You'll also have a chance to learn more about the science behind adjuvants and the changing technologies at our onsite lab. 

Guests should wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes as we will be walking through the manufacturing facility. Protective equipment will be provided.
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Ardent Mills Innovation Center Tour

Monday, September 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

WIA is offering small group tours of the Ardent Mills downtown Innovation Center. Guests will have the chance to view all of the functional areas of the center from the R&D Applications Lab to the Culinary Center and more! See how Ardent Mills uses their unique small-scale milling equipment to process varieties of flour. Visit their bake lab where their expert team experiments with a variety of baking processes and flours. See the analytical lab where a team of experts conducts wet chemistry and dough rheology testing to help the product development cycle run smarter. There will be samples!

Participants will walk from the Hilton Denver City Center to the Ardent Mills facility, a 10-minute walk. If you are physically unable to walk this distance, please contact email to arrange for transportation.

Tours are limited to 20 people per group. Please register for a time slot!
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Dr. Temple Grandin Book Store and Signing

Monday, September 24, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Dr. Grandin's entire collection of books will be available for purchase and she will be on hand to sign your favorite.

Student & Young Professional Breakfast Workshop: Critical Skills for Continued Success for the Job

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 7:30 - 8:30 AM

In this digitized age, important interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, and active listening are being left by the wayside in favor of technical skills. While these specialized skills gained from your education and training will get you the interview, the aforementioned people skills are more imperative to acquire and retain a job. This session will explore learning and practice the critical skills needed to handle important conversations, respond in emotional or difficult situations, and build a successful career.


Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25-26, 2018 from 6:30 - 7:30 AM

Join us for a relaxing hour of yoga each morning before sessions begin. All skill levels are welcome! Mats and towels will be provided.