New offerings for Women in Agribusiness Summit

by World Grain Staff
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DANVERS, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S. —  Unique executive level offerings, including a pre-conference short course on succeeding in international business, round out a comprehensive agenda designed for those across the ag value chain at the third annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, which is Oct. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

New this year to the event is a half-day course on Oct. 6, “Succeeding in International Business: Challenges and Solutions for Senior Executives,” designed to provide executive and senior level women with the tools they need to succeed in international business. Directed by Paul Almeida, senior associate dean of executive education and professor of strategy and international business at McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, the seminar will:
• Analyze the elements of successful business approaches in light of an internationally competitive landscape.
• Offer participants key solutions for dealing with, managing and leading change in cross-cultural contexts.
• Address the challenges in implementing international business strategies.
• Identify and use case studies to illustrate some best practices in global management.  
These goals will be presented in two sessions: Key Factors Linked to International Business Success and Formulating and Implementing Successful Strategies Internationally.

The short course, which will be followed by a private networking lunch, will provide examples, tools and frameworks to help executives gain success when dealing with the emerging challenges associated with international competition in agribusiness.  

“Thirty-three percent of attendees at the 2013 Summit were senior vice president executive level or higher,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, event director from HighQuest Group, which hosts the Summit. “We listened to their requests for more concentrated programming that spoke to their distinct needs and as a result, created these new sessions.”

This year’s Summit also includes a new executive track on day two, which offers sessions that cover Getting the Most Out of Your Team, Landing a Board Position and Preparing for Your Next Position. 

Additionally, much insight can be gained from the Executive Roundtable discussion, moderated by a panel of outstanding women in ag from Syngenta, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and CHS Inc.  

This closing Summit session includes an intimate conversation about these executives’ unique pathways to leadership, providing concrete and inspiring advice to all Summit delegates.

Registration for the Executive Short Course, which is open only to those in senior or executive level positions, is now open at http://goo.gl/E3UeH7.  The cost is $250 (use code: PR4WIA-14 for a 10% discount) and Summit registration is not required to attend this short course.

More than 500 attendees are expected at this year’s Women in Agribusiness Summit, whose goal is twofold: to make the agriculture and food sectors career destinations for today's talented women, and to provide tools for women to become more informed leaders in the sector. Visit www.womeninag.com for detailed event information.

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